1976 Gerald Ford

Incumbent President Gerald Ford poses with former Packers quarterback Bart Starr at a rally in Wisconsin on April 4, 1976, two days before the state's Republican primary election.

L. ROGER TURNER - Wisconsin State Journal archives

Incumbent president Gerald Ford, who ascended to the presidency after Richard Nixon resigned during the Watergate scandal, won Wisconsin's 1976 primary despite a tough challenge from former California governor Ronald Reagan. Ford then lost the general election to Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Wisconsin Republican primary election results

  • Date: April 6, 1976
  • Winner: Gerald Ford
  • Votes for: 326,869 (55%)
  • Runner up: Ronald Reagan (44%)

Wisconsin general election results

  • Date: Nov. 2, 1976
  • Winner: Jimmy Carter
  • Votes for: 1,040,232 (50%)
  • National winner: Jimmy Carter
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