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.

October 6

Second Presidential Debate  

San Francisco, California
Palace of Fine Arts

Jimmy Carter responds during the second presidential debate.

October 7


Campaign Stops: San Francisco, Hawthorne, Los Angeles

President Ford and Ronald Reagan prior to Salute to the President Dinner, Beverly Hills, CA.

October 8

California to Oklahoma

Campaign Stops: Hollywood, Glendale, Burbank ... Lawton, OK

President Ford greeted by Big Bow and others in Lawton, OK.

October 9


Campaign Stop: Dallas

President Ford at the opening of the Texas State Fair in Dallas, TX.

October 12

New York

Campaign Stop: Brooklyn, Rockland

Ford fan outside campaign rally at the Rockland, NY County Courthouse.

October 13

New York to New Jersey

Campaign Stops: White Plains, New York City ... Union, NJ

President Ford speaking at a campaign stop in Union, NJ.

October 15

Iowa to Illinois

Campaign Stops: Des Moines, Ames ... Joliet, IL

President Ford on a tour of harvesting operations at the King Farm in Boone County, Iowa.

October 16


Campaign Stops: Joliet, Bloomington

President Ford's "Whistlestop"” campaign stop in Bloomington, IL.

October 20

California (Betty Ford)

First Lady Betty Ford's campaign trip to California with Steve Ford.

October 22

Third Presidential Debate  

Williamsburg, Virginia
College of William and Mary

October 23

Virginia to North Carolina to South Carolina

Campaign Stops: Richmond, Raleigh-Durham, Columbia

President Ford, Steve Ford and Elizabeth Dole in Columbia, SC.

October 24


Campaign Stops: Los Angeles, Fountain Valley, San Diego

October 25

Oregon to Washington

Campaign Stops: Portland ... Seattle

President Ford in Portland, OR.

October 27

Michigan (Betty Ford)

Campaign Stops: Auburn Hills

Betty Ford Campaigns with "Jerry", the Golden Retriever in Auburn Hills, MI.

October 28

Pennsylvania to Ohio to Indiana

Campaign Stops: Philadelphia ... Cincinnati ... Indianapolis

October 29

Wisconsin to Missouri to Texas

Campaign Stops: Milwaukee ... St Louis ... Houston

October 30

Texas to Pennsylvania to New York

Campaign Stops: Houston ... Philadelphia ... Syracuse, Buffalo

October 31

New York to Ohio

Campaign Stops: Buffalo, Rochester, Long Island, New York City ... Akron, Canton