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Here is the result of my first attempt to win 538 electoral votes on Hard. Rules that I set were to use the unmodified game with no changes. No changes to who is running, set on hard. I Selected Huckabee as my candidate and the earliest starting primary date offered as the start date. I won Iowa and NH, but lost SC, NV, and all by a couple of the Super Tuesday states. I then won all the states after except for a surprise loss in Indiana by less than 1 percent. The advantage of being a republican candidate is the winner-take-all for the later primaries ended my race earlier giving me an advantage over Clinton. While Clinton won the democratic nomination easily, it took her a few weeks longer to get the needed delegates. I selected Trump as my VP choice. Somewhat of a surprise, but I liked his stamina and since I had won the GOP nomination early enough I had the time to improve Trump's very low issue knowledge and debate skill. They were at 5 within a couple months. His high stamina let him be a little more useful in his main job of going around the country insulting Clinton. Starting the election, DC was where I was furthest behind and so I filled that up with organization and foot soldiers and ads, along with a couple visits. VT and Massachusetts were also tough, but eventually I had a lead in all states. Here were those where it took the longest: On June 22nd, It was essentially a tie in WA and CT. I was barely ahead in NC and MA. I was barely behind in IL and NJ. I was behind in MA, VT, and DC. By July 22nd, I was ahead in every state, but it was close in MN, VT, and MA. It was August 24th when I was finally ahead in every state. I never looked back. I started to focus on increasing my margin for victory and got 90.5 percent of the vote. I am considering trying for getting every vote, or to try to find a weaker candidate. I played this on 7 turn mode, as day-by-day get get boring, plus 7 day is a little harder since it makes it more difficult to take advantage of the web ads. On day-by-day mode, web ads can really make a difference, but on 7 day mode they only work on day 1, and not for the other 6 days, minimizing their advantage.
I tried the 1968 Election as Bobby Kennedy, and let me tell you that it was one of the hardest elections that I have ever played. This was my third try before making it past the primaries I kept losing to McCarthy, and he kept losing to Humphrey. Finally I was able to maneuver a way around McCarthy First I made the first few Primaries competitive for him and Humphrey, second I kept attacking him in Illinois, California, and New Jersey the states that he kept defeating me in earlier. After losing all the early Primaries except Wisconsin which was close he started to drop fast, I won the later Primaries (California at 82%). He dropped out during the Caucuses which left me and Humphrey. My delegate count was too superior for him to overcome and I ended up securing the nomination. http://imgur.com/IonNcEu Here's the Republican Results http://imgur.com/ODIrZgX Here's the Beginning of the General Election http://imgur.com/8wbzpem When i clinched the Nomination I thought it would be impossible my Electorate count was at 70-80 something with Nixon/Republicans in the mid 300's. I targeted his weaker states with high electoral votes such as California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. He put up a good fight, but I was able to overcome him in these states and thanks to a few scandals I overcome him in the polls at the end of September. Wallace was almost no trouble, in fact I surpassed him in Louisiana and in mid-October became the leader in the electoral college. In the last few weeks I had my six strongest surrogates campaigning for me in the competitive states. Here is the day before the Election http://imgur.com/XbCEO42 Here are the Final Results http://imgur.com/snYNUce With these Results I will be able to carry on the Kennedy Legacy!