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Campaigning at Case: Presidential Elections, 1892-2008
1976: Campaigns in the Classroom

For the eleven students enrolled in POSC 323, the 1976 elections were not just an academic exercise. James Nathanson’s Political Science class, Campaign Workshop, required students to participate in and write about a local political campaign. Students explored the structure of political debate and campaigns, the role of professional campaign organizations, and political fund raising.

Two classes had students get involved with real political races.
As reported in the University's 1976/1977 Annual Report (left), students preferred Gerald Ford to Jimmy Carter in a telephone survey (right).

Ohio Popular Vote
National Popular Vote
Electoral Vote
Jimmy Carter (D) 2,011,621 (48.9%)
Gerald R. Ford (R) 2,000,505 (48.7%)
Eugene J. McCarthy (Independent) 58,258 (1.4%)
Lester Maddox (American Independent) 15,529 (.4%)
Roger MacBride (Libertarian) 8,961 (.2%)
Gus Hall (Communist) 7,817 (.2%)
Peter Camejo (Socialist Workers) 4,717 (.1%)
Lyndon H. LaRouche (U.S. Labor) 4,335 (.1%)
Jules Levin (Socialist Labor) 68
Benjamin C. Bubar (Prohibition) 62
Jimmy Carter (D) 40,830,763 (50.1%)
Gerald R. Ford (R) 39,147,793 (48%)
Eugene J. McCarthy (Independent) 756,691 (.9%)
Roger MacBride (Libertarian) 173,011 (.2%)
Lester Maddox (American Independent) 170,531 (.2%)
Peter Camejo (Socialist Workers) 91,314 (.1%)
Gus Hall (Communist) 58,992 (.07%)
Lyndon H. LaRouche (U.S. Labor) 40,043 (.05%)
Benjamin C. Bubar (Prohibition) 15,934 (.02%)
Jules Levin (Socialist Labor) 9,616 (.01%)
Jimmy Carter (D) 297
Gerald R. Ford (R) 240
Ronald Reagan (R) 1

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, September 2004.