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.

June 1

Primaries: Montana, Rhode Island, South Dakota

Ford wins Rhode Island
Reagan wins Montana, South Dakota

ballot box illustration
June 6

New Jersey to Ohio

Campaign Stops: Newark, Patterson ... Cleveland, Cincinnati

President Ford at the dedication of the Great Falls of the Passaic River, Patterson, NJ.

June 7


Campaign Stops: Cincinnati, Middletown, Springfield, Lima (?), Findlay, Bowling Green, Toledo

President Ford greets workers on a campaign trip, Cincinnati, OH.

June 8

Primaries: California, New Jersey, Ohio

Reagan wins California
Ford wins New Jersey, Ohio

ballot box illustration

June 11


Campaign Stop: Springfield

President Ford’s campaign address in Springfield, MO.

June 15


Campaign Stop: Norfolk

President Ford addresses the Southern Baptist Convention, Norfolk, VA.

June 22


Campaign Stop: Indianapolis

President Ford addresses the US Jaycees Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

June 26

Puerto Rico

Campaign Stops: San Juan, Durado Beach

President Ford and Gov. Rafael Hernandez at Colon Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico.