United States elections, 2004
|Presidential election year|
|Election day||November 2|
|George W. Bush (R)||286|
|John Kerry (D)||251|
|2004 Presidential election results map. Red denotes states/districts won by Republican George W. Bush, and Blue denotes those won by Democrat John Kerry. Numbers indicate electoral votes allotted to the winner of each state.|
|Seats contested||34 seats of Class III|
|Net change||Republican +4|
|2004 Senate election results map|
|Net change||Republican +3|
|2004 House election results map|
|2004 Gubernatorial election results map|
The 2004 United States general elections were held on November 2, with George W. Bush being re-elected to a second term as President. Riding Bush's coattails, the Republicans picked up net gains of 4 Senate seats and 3 House seats, increasing their majorities in both House in Congress. In the state governorships up for election, there was no net gain in seats for either party. Foreign policy was the dominant theme throughout the election campaign, particularly Bush's conduct of the War on Terrorism and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
George W. Bush was re-elected to a second term.
|Candidate||Votes||%||States led||National ECV|
|Republican George W. Bush||62,040,610||50.73||31||286|
|Democrat John Kerry||59,028,444||48.27||19+DC||251|
|Independent Ralph Nader||465,650||0.38||-||-|
|Libertarian Michael Badnarik||397,265||0.32||-||-|
|Constitution Michael Peroutka||143,630||0.12||-||-|
|Green David Cobb||119,859||0.096||-||-|
|Peace and Freedom Leonard Peltier||27,607||0.023||-||-|
|Socialist Walt Brown||10,837||0.009||-||-|
|Socialist Workers Roger Calero, James Harris||10,800||0.009||-||-|
|None of these candidates (Nevada)||3,688||0.003||-||-|
|Prohibition Gene Amondson||1,944||0.002||-||-|
|Bill Van Auken||1,857||0.002||-||-|
|Workers World John Parker||1,646||0.001||-||-|
|Prohibition Earl Dodge||140||0.000||-||-|
|Democrat John Edwards||-||-||-||1|
|Total||122,267,553||100.000||50 + DC||538|
United States Congress
United States House of Representatives
Republicans gained a couple of seats in the House, mainly due to the 2003 Texas redistricting.
|Working Families Party||—||—||—||—||145,979||0.1%||N/A|
|Source: Election Statistics - Office of the Clerk|
United States Senate
Summary of the United States Senate elections, 2004 results [ ]
|Last election (2002)||51||48||1||—||—||100|
|Before this election||51||48||1||—||—||100|
|End of this Congress (two months later)||51||48||1||—||—||100|
|Held by same party||1||—||—||—||—||1|
|Replaced by other party||5 Democrats replaced by 5 Republicans||2 Republicans replaced by 2 Democrats||—||—||—||7|
|Lost re-election|| 1 Democrat replaced
by 1 Republican
|Lost renomination, held by same party||—||—||—||—||—||0|
|Lost renomination, and party lost||—||—||—||—||—||0|
|Total not held / gained||4||2||—||—||—||6|
Eleven of the fifty United States governors were up for re-election, as were the governorships of two U.S. territories. The final results were a net change of zero between the political parties. The Democrats picked up the governorships in Montana and New Hampshire, but the Republicans picked up the ones in Indiana and Missouri.
Other state-wide Officer elections
In many states where if the following positions were elective offices, voters cast votes for candidates for state executive branch offices of Lieutenant Governor (though some were voted for on the same ticket as the gubernatorial nominee), Secretary of state, state Treasurer, state Auditor, state Attorney General, state Superintendent of Education, Commissioners of Insurance, Agriculture or, Labor, and etc.) and state judicial branch offices (seats on state Supreme Courts and, in some states, state appellate courts).
State Legislative elections
Many states across the nation held elections for their state legislatures.
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Initiatives and Referenda
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Some major American cities held their mayoral elections in 2004.
- Bakersfield – Incumbent mayor Harvey Hall was re-elected.
- Baton Rouge – Incumbent mayor Bobby Simpson (R) was defeated by state Senator Kip Holden (D).
- Chesapeake – Dalton S. Edge won an open seat race to succeed outgoing Mayor William E. Ward.
- Fremont - Bob Wasserman (D) defeated fellow city Councilman Bill Pease to succeed outgoing Mayor Gus Morrison
- Glendale, Arizona - Incumbent Mayor Elaine Scruggs was re-elected.
- Honolulu - Mufi Hannemann (D), a former Chairman of the Honolulu City Council and member of President's Council on the 21st Century Workforce, won an open seat race to succeed term-limited Mayor Jeremy Harris (D).
- Jersey City- In a special election triggered due to the passing of Glenn Cunningham (D), attorney Jerramiah Healy (D) defeated General Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D) and Acting Mayor L. Harvey Smith (D) to serve the rest of the unexpired term.
- Lubbock- Incumbent Mayor Marc McDougal was re-elected.
- Mesa- Incumbent Mayor Keno Hawker was re-elected.
- Milwaukee- Marvin Pratt (D), who succeeded John Norquist (D) upon his resignation to lead the Congress for the New Urbanism, was defeated by former U.S. Representative Tom Barrett (D).
- Oklahoma City- Councilman Mick Cornett (R) won a special election that occurred due to Mayor Kirk Humphreys's (R) resignation to pursue an unsuccessful bid for the United States Senate.
- Plano- Incumbent Mayor Pat Evans (R) was re-elected.
- Portland, Oregon- Former Chief of the Portland Police Bureau Tom Potter won an upset victory over City Commissioner Jim Francesconi in an open seat race to succeed outgoing Mayor Vera Katz (D).
- Richmond, Virginia- Former Governor of Virginia Douglas Wilder (D) became the first directly elected Mayor of Richmond in six decades following the passage of the mayor-at-large proposal Referendum in 2003.
- Sacramento – Incumbent mayor Heather Fargo was re-elected.
- San Diego – Incumbent Mayor Dick Murphy (R) was re-elected, but resigned five months later. San Diego was the most populous city to hold a mayoral election in 2004.
- San Juan - In a rematch of their 2000 contest, incumbent mayor Jorge Santini (PNP) defeated former (and future) Senador Eduardo Bhatia (PPD).
- Santa Ana- Incumbent Mayor Miguel A. Pulido (D) was re-elected.
- Scottsdale- Incumbent Mayor Mary Manross (D) was re-elected.
- Stockton- Former Chief of Police of Stockton Edward Chavez won the open-seat race to succeed outgoing Mayor Gary Podesto (R) who retired to pursue an unsuccessful run for the California State Senate.
- Virginia Beach- Incumbent Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf (D) was re-elected.
- >Armstrong, Kevin (2008-01-10). "Chesapeake mayor Dalton Edge won't run for second term". The Virginian-Pilot.
- Dillon, Jeff (2005-04-25). "San Diego mayor announces departure less than 5 months into second term". San Diego Union-Tribune.