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.

January 31


Campaign Stop: Dearborn

President Ford kicks off his primary campaign with remarks to the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference in Dearborn, MI.

February 8

New Hampshire

Campaign Stop: Concord

President Ford greets PFC Campaign Workers in Concord, NH.

February 13


Campaign Stop: Orlando

President Ford greeted by Girl Scouts in Orlando, FL.

February 14


Campaign Stops: Orlando, St. Petersburg

President Ford addresses a crowd in St. Petersburg, FL.

February 20

New Hampshire

Campaign Stops: Keene, Portsmouth, Dover

President and Mrs. Ford eat ice cream in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

February 24

New Hampshire Primary

Ford Wins

ballot box illustration

February 28


Campaign Stops: Miami Beach, Daytona Beach, Briny Breezes, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro, Coral Springs, Sarasota, Boca Raton

President Ford, Rep. J. Herbert, and Girl Scouts in Boca Raton, FL.

February 29


Campaign Stop: Tampa

President Ford meets well-wishers in Tampa during his second campaign trip to Florida.