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rosa

Active member
Heart wins the 1905 New York Mayoral election and subsequently the 1906 New York Gubernatorial race, both by narrow margins. Using these two victories to his advantage, he sets himself up to run against presumed nominee William J. Bryan, as both a candidate for the Democratic nomination and as the Independence League candidate in the general election, should he not win at the convention. Surprisingly to everyone, he does pull it off at the convention, by a hand full of votes and is paired with Governor Judson Harmon to shore up the Midwestern vote, which would be Hearst's chance to win the general in an extremely uphill battle. An *extremely* uphill battle. Come September, Taft was expected to beat Hearst. All of the Governor's mudslinging and brash populism was gaining him votes, but it just wasn't enough to push him over the edge against a popular party with a relatively popular nominee championed by the President. Then, the President did something shocking. He brought down his own candidate. He didn't mean to, of course, but, after he saw a picture of Taft swinging at a golf ball and began to be much more involved in Taft's campaign to the point where the TAFT mantra (Take Advice from Theodore) became widespread and there began to take hold a serious perception that Taft wasn't up for the job he was seeking. Hearst seized on this, making it a much bigger deal than it probably would have been other wise, and gained in the public court of opinion. Combine this with a small propaganda campaign by Hearst's media circuits and a well publicized gaffe in which Taft eluded to never having wanted to run, and Hearst managed to scrape by, as he had in his previous victories in '05 and '06. The new President was now ready to work, as Citizen Hearst took the Oval Office.

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rosa

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I think my only complaint would be Hearst running for three offices in four years, and people still voting him in all three times.
Yeah, that's fair enough. I could very well have him only win either the Gubernatorial or Mayoral race and it'd work just as well. I think Mayoral would be the more interesting route on that, as the Gubernatorial is more commonly accepted as a PoD
 

Meppo

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Inspired by a similar infobox on the Other Site featuring Romney '12.

By January 2020, the Republican Party was in a bit of pickle. Though the 45th President of the United States was moderately popular, presiding over an economic recovery and the building of an trans-Atlantic anti-Putin coalition, many Republicans found him insufficiently willing to cut down on socialized healthcare, insufficiently strong in the face of Chinese aggression, insufficiently partisan overall. Amidst a dubious Ukrainian election between Tymoshenko and Boyko, threats of a trade war with China and an actual war with Iran, and the introduction of a disease heretofore limited to Africa, numerous conservative up-and-comers arose to challenge Vice President Paul Ryan, who nonetheless eked out a victory in the primaries and took along one of the biggest such competitors as well as numerous concessions to the Tea Party.

The Democratic field was equally divided, as former President Obama declined the opportunity to pull a Cleveland and former Vice President Biden grieved over the death of his son. Castro stuttered in the debates, Carter stumbled over the Ferguson protests and his past pledge to permit Confederate battle flag license plates, Klobuchar's tough demeanor and abuse towards her staff didn't endear her to anyone, and the political maverick Crist was not appreciated enough by the DNC. The vacuum was soon filled by Senator Donna Edwards of Maryland, who narrowly triumphed over moderate Van Hollen in 2016 and since then portrayed herself as an unabashed torchbearer of progressive causes. The DNC wasn't entirely on ease with Edwards, with some slamming her for being "overtly ambitious", but her campaign was easy to negotiate with, and Sanders and Warren - seeing her strength amidst the protests and the increasingly evident ebolavirus epidemic - endorsed her quite early.

Although initial polls showed Ryan well in the lead, he wasn't well-equipped for the ebolavirus issue - with both him and his running mate flip-flopping and contradicting each other in regards to the solution - and generally wasn't a very good campaigner. Pundits of all outlooks feared that Edwards wouldn't perform as well in the Midwest as, say, Biden or Carter or Mitchell would, but she quickly narrowed the lead as backlash against far-right counterprotestors and "Romneycare" access issues in the Rust Belt played into her hand.



The Ryan/Ward ticket is more than a little inspired by @Callan's neat little scenario here.
 
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