1976 Presidential Election

Timeline: The Campaign Trail

This timeline charts Gerald Ford's path in the 1976 election, from competing for the Republican nomination in the primaries to his fight against Jimmy Carter in the general election. Follow along to learn more about the key moments in his campaign.

April 2


Campaign Stops: Milwaukee, West Bend

President Ford in Milwaukee, WI.

April 3


Campaign Stops: Campbell, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Green Bay

President Ford at the dedication of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame with Bret Starr and others, Green Bay, WI.

April 4


Campaign Stop: Madison

During First Lady Betty Ford’s campaign trip to Madison, WI she uses the handle “First Momma” to call "Friends of First Family" with a CB radio.

April 6

Primary: Wisconsin

Ford Wins

ballot box illustration
April 9


Campaign Stops: Dallas, Irving, Arlington, San Antonio

President Ford throws out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers' Opening Day Game, Arlington, TX.

April 10


Campaign Stops: Dallas, El Paso, Amarillo

President Ford arrives to do Q & A with the Press, Amarillo, TX.

April 21


First Lady Betty Ford’s campaign trip to Texas.

April 22


Campaign Stop: Austin

First Lady Betty Ford's campaign trip to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, TX.

April 22


Campaign Stop: Indianapolis

President Ford addresses reporters in Indianapolis, IN.

April 23

Indiana to Georgia

Campaign Stops: Indianopolis, Evansville ... Marietta, Atlanta, Chambree

President Ford answering questions in Evansville, IN.

April 27

Pennsylvania Primary

Ford Wins

ballot box illustration
April 27

Louisiana to Texas

Campaign Stops: Bossier City, Shreveport ... Longview, Tyler

President Ford in Bossier City, LA.

April 28


Campaign Stops: Tyler, Ft. Worth, Houston

President Ford visited with the Tyler College Junior Apache Belles Performers.

April 29


Campaign Stops: Houston, Conroe, Waco, Dallas

President Ford in Conroe, TX.

April 30


Campaign Stops: Dallas, Lubbock, Abilene

President Ford in Lubbock, TX.