The United States presidential election of 2044 was the 65th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2044. Democratic candidate and incumbent President William B. Johannson was presiding over the successful U.S. intervention into the South American Drug War and the continued American exploration efforts at Mars, the Moon, and the Marsian Asteroid Belt. Johannson, who enjoyed a high approval rating with the American populace, won 61.1% of the popular vote, tied for the highest percentage won by a candidate since James Monroe's re-election in 1820, and the highest percentage won by a candidate in 80 years. It was the most lopsided presidential election of the twenty-first century in terms of popular votes, and the fourth-most lopsided presidential election in terms of electoral votes, behind the elections of 1984, 1936, and 1972. No candidate since has equaled or surpassed Johannson's percentage of the popular vote, and since 1820, only Abraham Lincoln in 1864, Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, Richard M. Nixon in 1972, and Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984 have won by a similar electoral-vote margin.
The Republican candidate, Governor Jackson T. Beauregard of Louisiana, suffered from a lack of support from his own party and his deeply unpopular political positions. Johannson's campaign advocated for a series of economic and social programs known as the New Society and successfully portrayed Beauregard as being a dangerous extremist. Johannson easily won the Presidency, carrying 46 of the 50 states and the District of Colombia. Beauregard carried the remaining four states-his home state of Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and West Virginia-and Nebraska's 3rd congressional district.
Beauregard's unsuccessful bid spelled the end of the modern conservative movement which had begun with Ronald Reagan in 1980 and influenced the long-term realignment occurring within the Republican Party, ultimately culminating in Meghan McCain's victory in the election of 2052. His campaign received the greatest amount of support in the Deep South and in interior regions of the Mountain West. Conversely, Johannson won Alaska for the Democrats for the second time in history, Indiana for the second time in the twenty-first century, and Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming for the first time since 1964.
The election was held on November 8, 2044. Johannson beat Beauregard in the general election, winning over 61% of the popular vote, the highest percentage won since Lyndon B. Johnson's triumph over Barry Goldwater in 1964, and tied with Johnson's performance for the highest percentage won since the popular vote first became widespread in 1824. Johannson carried 46 states and the District of Columbia, capturing 510 electoral votes. In the end, Beauregard won only his home state of Louisiana, three other typically Republican states in the South-Arkansas, Alabama, and West Virginia, and Nebraska's 3rd congressional district, one of the most heavily Republican districts in the country. This gave him 28 electoral votes, which was the worst Republican performance in the Electoral College since Alf Landon collected 8 against Franklin D. Roosevelt in the election of 1936. Beauregard's performance in the popular vote (37.7%) was also the worst for a candidate of either party since Landon's in 1936 (36.5%). The popular-vote margin between Johannson and Beauregard (23.60%), was the fourth-largest in American history, behind those of Harding in 1920, Calvin Coolidge in 1924, and Roosevelt in 1936.
The 2044 election marked a significant electoral milestone for the United States. Johannson swept every region of the country except the Deep South and carried many reliable Republican states which had not been carried by a Democrat in decades. Indiana voted Democratic for only the second time in the twenty-first century, doing so 37 years after Barack Obama's surprise win there over John McCain. Arizona was carried by a Democrat for only the fourth time since World War II. Moreover, for the first time in eighty years, since Johnson's landslide win over Goldwater, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma voted Democratic, while Alaska voted Democratic for only the second time since its admission into the Union. Moreover, Johannson became the first Democrat since Johnson to win a majority among both non-college educated and college-educated white voters (52% and 56%, respectively), and maintained Democratic dominance of African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.
Of the 3,144 counties, independent municipalities, and parishes in the United States making returns, Johannson won in 2,275 (72.36%) while Beauregard carried 869 (27.64%).
The Johannson landslide defeated many conservative Republicans in both the House and the Senate, enabling the President to enact more progressive legislation.
This was the last election to be held before the admission of Puerto Rico as the 51st state (2045).
|United States presidential election, 2044|
|Democratic||William Baines Johannson||95,793,808||61.05%||510|
|Republican||Jackson Thomas Beauregard||60,363,437||37.70%||28|
Blue denotes states (or congressional districts that contribute an electoral vote) won by Democratic President William B. Johannson; red denotes those won by Republican Governor Jackson T. Beauregard.
Margin of victory under 1% (8 electoral votes)
- Louisiana, 0.99%
Margin of victory under 5% (22 electoral votes)
- Wyoming, 1.83%
- Arizona, 2.30%
- Kentucky, 2.75%
Margin of victory over 5%, but less then 10% (88 electoral votes)
- Nebraska, 5.21%
- Georgia, 6.44%
- Mississippi, 7.36%
- Kansas, 7.72%
- Missouri, 7.92%
- Alabama, 8.25%
- South Carolina, 8.76%
- Tennessee, 9.03%
- Idaho, 9.64%
- Utah, 9.73%
- Arkansas, 9.90%
Results by StateEdit
|State||William B. Johannson (Democratic)||Jackson T. Beauregard (Republican)|
|District of Columbia||92.00%||6.20%|
|Total||61.05% (46 states + D.C., 510)||37.70% (4 states + N.E. 03, 28)|
Results by Demographic GroupEdit
|Group (%)||William B. Johannson (Democratic)||Jackson T. Beauregard (Republican)|
|High school or lower||62||38|
|Prof & Business||57||43|
|50 and older||59||41|
- This was the last election with 538 electors and 50 states (in addition to D.C.) in the Electoral College. Puerto Rico would be admitted as the 51st state on September 22, 2045.
- This election marked only the second time in Alaska's history that it voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. The last had been in 1964, in Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide over Barry Goldwater.
- This election marked the first time since 1964 that Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma voted Democratic.
- This election marked the first time since 2008 that Indiana voted Democratic, and only the third time since World War II that it did so, following 1964 and 2008.
- This election was Arizona's fourth time since World War II voting Democratic (following 1948, 1996, and 2028).
- This election marked the first time in 80 years, since Johnson's landslide, that a Democrat captured an absolute majority of the white vote (53%). Johannson also won 80% of the non-white vote, thereby matching Barack Obama's record from 2012.
- Johannson won the majority of the white vote in every state except for Louisiana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Arizona.
- This marked the first time in the century that one presidential candidate captured the majority of both the male and female vote. Johannson won 62% of women and 60% of men.
- Johannson won both college-educated (56%) and non-college educated (52%) whites.
- Johannson won the most counties of any Democrat since Johnson (2,275), and became the first Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976 to win the majority of counties in the nation. He also became the first Democrat since Bill Clinton in 1996 to win at least one county in every state.
- Johannson won every county in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Alaska, and Hawaii. He won the majority of counties in 43 states. Beauregard won the majority in 7 (Wyoming, Nebraska, Arkansas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia).
- For the first time since 1924, every county in New England was won by a single presidential candidate. Johannson, moreover, won at least 60% of the vote in every Northeastern state, breaking 70% in New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and 80% in Rhode Island.
- This marked the second time since the implementation of its congressional allocation system (1992), that Nebraska's electoral votes were split.
- This was the first time since 1964 that a Democrat won by a double-digit margin in the popular vote, and captured more then 90% of the Electoral College. It was the first time since 1976 that a Democrat won the majority of the rural vote.