Just eight months into his presidency, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, suddenly transformed Bush into a wartime president. Had any candidate received 50% of the vote, the candidate would have received MoveOn's endorsement and financial support. This phrase had previously been used by Bush in the summer of 2003, warning insurgents that the United States would not be intimidated to leave Iraq until after the country had been stabilized. Clark and Dean dropped out during this time, leaving Edwards as the only real threat to Kerry. – Research Studies Uncover Potential Massive Election Fraud", "Complete US Exit Poll Data Confirms Net Suspicions", "University researchers challenge Bush win in Florida: 'Something went awry with electronic voting in Florida,' says the lead researcher", "Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked", "Microsoft Word – US NAM Report, 28 Sep 2004.doc", "Election 2004 – In The Eyes of the Beholders: OSCE Election Observers Will Oversee the U.S. Presidential Election", "Bruce Schneier: The Problem with Electronic Voting Machines, November 2004", "Presidential Results by Congressional District", "In the eye of the beholder: how information shortcuts shape individual perceptions of bias in the media", United States presidential election of 2004. Media reports claimed that Keyes also failed to concede the race to Obama. Bush's absolute victory margin (approximately 3 million votes) was the smallest of any sitting president since, At least 12 million more votes were cast than in the 2000 election. It's deep. Lieberman dropped out of the campaign the following day. On caucus night, as results were being tallied, it became evident that Kerry and Edwards were in a battle for first and Dean and Gephardt were in a battle for third. [11] He would later change his party affiliation to Democratic and run in that party's 2016 presidential primaries.[12][13]. On November 4, 2008, Democrat Barack Obama became the 44th US president. [26], On June 22, 2004, after receiving the report from the court appointed referee, the judge released the files that were deemed consistent with the interests of Ryan's young child. The final debate before the primary was held at Saint Anselm College; Kerry's performance was superior to the others, helping him win the primary a few days later. By autumn of 2003, Dean had become the apparent front-runner for the Democratic nomination, performing strongly in most polls. [2][3] For the general election, turnout was 68.56%, with 5,141,520 votes cast. [10], On April 15, 2003, with six Democrats already running and three Republicans threatening to run against him,[11] Throughout the early campaigning season, the Iowa caucuses appeared to be a two-way contest between former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt.