First I want to say that this scenario comes from zion. It's a 1988+ Primaries scenario, and can be found here on the boards. If you haven't tried, you definitely should.
I considered what would happen if Senator Ted Kennedy had run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988. After barely beating out Jessie Jackson in the primaries, I was able to win the nomination as Kennedy. Because Jessie was stubborn and wouldn't accept his primary defeat, I chose Al Gore to be my running mate.
On the Republican side, George H.W. Bush was in a last man standing grudge match against Pat Robertson.Finally Robertson dropped out and endorsed Bush. Bush was nominated and chose Jack Kemp to be his running mate.
I wish I had written down a play by play of the campaign, because it was a see saw race throughout. I kept running ads hitting Bush on Iran Contra, and his stance on the Soviets. In true Kennedy fashion, I had a couple of scandals surface (I'm guessing they had something to do with drinking and/or women). I won both presidential debates, while Kemp beat Al Gore in the VP debate.
In the end, I had California, and the rest of the west coast locked up. Bush had Florida, and the south. I knew the campaign would come down to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and the upper midwestern states of Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa. I created ads attacking Bush one last time on Iran Contra, and an ad on Kennedy's experience. I waited until the Thursday before the election, then ran both ads nationwide. I went into election day 3 million in debt.
Can Kennedy revive Camelot, or will Bush continue the Reagan legacy?
Election night: 7:00 (I'll say 7:00, even though the scenario starts at 4:00)
Polls close in the east. Alabama and Virginia immediately lock for Bush The only blue state at the moment if Vermont
Indiana, Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky lock for Bush. He leads in South Carolina as well. No good news for Kennedy yet.
Ohio reports in as a blue state, as does West Virginia. West Virginia starts flipping back and forth, then finally settles on red. Seconds later, West Virginia is called for Bush.
Kennedy leads by a slim 8,000 vote margin
New Hampshire reports in and closes for Bush.
Finally, there's a little good news for the Kennedy/Gore camp. Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington, DC turn blue.
The stares of Delaware, and Maine report in as red states.
Missouri, Illinois, and (surprisingly!) Mississippi report in as a Kennedy states. Mississippi doesn't stay blue long, and switches from blue to red.
Oklahoma locks in for Bush
DC and Pennsylvania lock for Kennedy, while Maine locks for Bush. Connecticut turns red and stays red.
Then Missouri, and Illinois both lock for Kennedy
Delaware goes blue after being red for quite a while. North Carolina reports is called for Bush, at the same time as New Jersey goes from blue to red.
Then the state of Michigan is called for Kennedy.
Ohio is still blue, but the vote count is close. Kennedy leads 49.9% to 47%
Arkansas starts flipping back and forth from red to blue, and Tennessee is called for Bush.
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, and (surprisingly) Texas report in as blue states. Meanwhile Kansas, Nebraska, Arizona, and Wyoming report in as red.
Texas starts flipping back and forth.
Note: Texas is a surprise considering I didn't campaign there once. The last minute ad blitz must have tipped the undecideds in Kennedy's favor.
New York is called for Kennedy and soon after Bush takes Kansas. Then Colorado is called for Kennedy, and Wyoming is called for Bush.
Minutes later, Rhode Island, and Minnesota are called for Kennedy, while Louisiana (my home state), and Nebraska lock in as Bush states.
Texas is staying blue much to the surprise of everyone.
Then Arizona is officially called for Bush
It becomes clear that this is going to be a very close race, and a very long night.
Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Montana report in as red states, and Iowa reports in as blue.
Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah are locked in for Bush, while Iowa is locked in for Kennedy.
Nevada reports in and starts flipping back and forth.
As of 10:46, Kennedy still has a roughly 5,000 vote lead in Texas.
California, Oregon, Hawaii and Washington report in as blue states
Washington, California, Hawaii, and Oregon are called for Kennedy, while Montana is called for Bush.
For the first time, Kennedy takes an Electoral Vote Lead
North Dakota reports in and starts flipping back and forth.
Ohio is still too close to call. Kennedy leads with 1,158,420 votes to Bush's 1,075,474
For the first time, Kennedy pulls ahead in the popular vote. His lead is roughly 48,000 votes.
Surprisingly, Kennedy's home state of Massachusetts hasn't officially been called. Though he still leads by a somewhat comfortable margin.
At 11:52, South Dakota locks for Bush.
Alaska reports in and immediately locks for Bush. Then South Carolina finally locks in as a red state. At the same time, Vermont locks for Kennedy.
12:33 Ohio finally locks for Kennedy
Kennedy is 19 votes away from victory.
Texas is still blue. With 44% of the Texas vote reporting, Kennedy leads with 1,938,964 votes compared to Bush's 1,890,496.
Delaware locks for Bush.
Then Maryland, Massachusetts lock for Kennedy, and put him over the top.
Shortly after 1:00AM, the election is called for Democratic candidates Edward Moore Kennedy and Albert Gore, Jr.
Soon after, New Jersey and Mississippi are called for Bush.
Arkansas locks in for Bush
2:03AM Texas, and Wisconsin are called for Kennedy.
3:05AM Nevada locks for Bush
4:06AM North Dakota locks for Kennedy
Election night '88 is over.
So another Kennedy makes it to the White House, Gore gets started as vice president four years early, and Vice President Bush probably fades into obscurity. All in all, it was a pretty fun race to play, and election night was a lot of fun to watch. Hope you enjoyed following along.