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Reagan Lost First Six Contests in 1976

By on 1.31.12 | 9:46PM

Every presidential campaign is different… except that it isn't.

Just a reminder amidst the hoopla that in 1976 Gerald Ford won Iowa and the next five primaries -- Florida included.

The calls for Ronald Reagan to withdraw were deafening. Reagan refused to withdraw.

Number seven -- North Carolina -- was the charm. From that moment forward the race see-sawed back and forth all the way to the Kansas City Convention. I was there for that. Frenetic, fevered, a battle royal.

Ford pulled it out by 117 votes.

And then.… November. Ford lost.

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