2004 United States presidential election (President Powell)

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2004 United States presidential election

← 2000 November 2, 2004 2008 →

538 members of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout 56.7% Increase 5.5 pp

 
Nominee Colin Powell Howard Dean
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York Vermont
Running mate Tommy Thompson Dick Gephardt
Electoral vote 516 22
States carried 47 3 + DC
Popular vote 69,059,899 52,244,358
Percentage 56.5% 42.7%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Powell/Thompson and blue denotes those won by Dean/Gephardt. Numbers indicate electoral votes cast by each state and the District of Columbia.

President before election

Colin Powell
Republican

Elected President

Colin Powell
Republican

The 2004 United States presidential election was the 55th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 2004. The Republican ticket of incumbent President Colin Powell and his running mate incumbent Vice President Tommy Thompson were elected to a second term, defeating the Democratic ticket of Howard Dean, the Governor of Vermont and his running mate Dick Gephardt, the House Minority Leader from Missouri.

Powell had benefited from high approval ratings in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, peaking at 87% approvals in the week after, however his approvals had declined since then. Nevertheless, Powell consistently led Dean in polling, leading his opponent not just in swing-states but in historically Democratic (or blue) states.

The Powell-Thompson ticket scored a landslide victory over the Dean-Gephardt ticket on election day, taking 516 electoral votes and sweeping all but three states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Dean's home state of Vermont. Powell had managed to rectify his narrow defeat in his home state of New York, going from a one point loss to an eight point victory in the traditionally Democratic state, meanwhile Vermont was the only state to switch its vote from Republican to Democrat between elections.