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.