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2016 United States presidential election

2012 November 8, 2016
Revote in February 2017
→ 2020

538 members of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout Down 30% from 2012
Frank Underwood 4.jpg
Nominee Frank Underwood Will Conway
Home state South Carolina New York
Running mate Claire Underwood Ted Brockhart
Electoral vote 284 254
Popular vote ??? ???
Percentage 49% 51%
States carried 24+DC 26

Presidential election results map. Blue denotes states/districts won by Underwood/Underwood. Red denotes those won by Conway/Brockhart. Numbers indicate electoral votes allotted to the winner of each state.
*Ohio and Tennessee were won by Underwood during a rescheduled vote in February 2017.
President before election
Frank Underwood
Elected President
Frank Underwood
2017 contingent U.S. presidential election
January 19, 2017

50 state delegations of the House of Representatives
26 state votes needed to win
Candidate Will Conway Frank Underwood
States carried 25 <25
2017 contingent U.S. vice presidential election
January 19, 2017

100 U.S. Senators
51 votes needed to win
Ted Brockhart.jpg
Candidate Claire Underwood Ted Brockhart
Senate vote >50 <50

The 2016 United States presidential election took place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Voters turned out to elect the President and the Vice President of the United States.

President Garrett Walker had resigned in 2014 in the wake of his Administration's dealings with Raymond Tusk and Xander Feng regarding money laundering and political contributions, but before doing so, he appointed Frank Underwood as Vice President via the Twenty-fifth Amendment after Jim Matthews resigned to run for his former position as Governor of Pennsylvania to replace the late Peter Russo as the Democratic nominee. Underwood was thus the second sitting President who had never been elected to national office. Saddled with Congressional leadership that had expressed their distaste for him, Underwood first faced serious opposition from within his own party. Despite initially announcing that he would not run for reelection due to the lack of support from the Democratic Congressional leadership, Underwood reneges on his promise to not run in 2016 after having unsuccessfully advocated for America Works in Congress. He was challenged for the Democratic Party's nomination by both former Solicitor General and special prosecutor Heather Dunbar and former House Majority Whip and incumbent Assistant House Minority Whip Jackie Sharp. He eventually secured the nomination, and the contested 2016 Democratic National Convention selected First Lady Claire Underwood to be his running mate.

Democratic Party

Democratic party ticket, 2016
Francis Underwood Claire Underwood
for President for Vice President
President of the United States
U.S. Ambassador to the
United Nations


Withdrawn candidates

Republican Party

Republican party ticket, 2016
Will Conway Ted Brockhart
for President for Vice President
Ted Brockhart.jpg
Governor of New York
U.S. Military General

Hector Mendoza, U.S. Senator from Arizona and Senate Majority Leader, was named as a strong contender for the Republican nomination in the 2016 election for President of the United States by Bob Birch, but neither Birch nor Mendoza would confirm or deny this to Underwood. Mendoza later resigned amidst a scandal of accepting undeclared payments for speeches and was replaced as Senate Majority Leader by Senator Henry Mitchell.

In May 2015, Governor Will Conway of New York formally announced his candidacy, and in the following months gained 30 points among GOP primary voters (beginning his candidacy with 18 percent support), with 48 percent support shortly after (his presumed win in) the Iowa caucuses. Conway later clinched the nomination and chose General Ted Brockhart as his running mate.

General Election

On Election Day, voter turnout was 30% lower than the previous presidential election due to a false sense of fear popularized by the Underwood administration.The Underwood ticket received the plurality of the electoral vote, where as the Conway ticket won the popular vote, but no candidate received the necessary 270 electoral votes required by the Constitution to be elected President due to two states, Tennessee and Ohio, having refused to certify their election results. As Conway was closing in on winning the election after Pennsylvania was called in his favor, President Underwood publicly called Conway to concede the election to look innocent, but secretly used NSA employee Aiden Macallan to create false evidence of threats on voting centers in Tennessee and Ohio to stop those states' from continuing their vote and ultimately suspending the entire election.

Based on the Twelfth Amendment, the election for President was to be decided by the House of Representatives between the top two candidates: Underwood and New York Governor Will Conway of the Republican Party (and the election for Vice President, between Claire Underwood and General Ted Brockhart, by the Senate). But, after neither Underwood nor Conway obtained a majority of 26 votes, and with Claire Underwood having succeeded in winning the Senate vote, newly sworn-in Vice President Claire Underwood began serving as Acting President immediately upon taking office, serving until a President could be elected.

Eventually, a full revote in the two contested states of Tennessee and Ohio, rather than proceeding with the vote in the House of Representatives, was called for by Congress. The Underwood ticket then secured victory via winning the revote, having been aided by the release of inappropriate dual audio recordings of the opposing ticket. With Underwood elected President, he was inaugurated soon after. Frank Underwood is the first Democrat to lose the popular vote, but win the electoral college.

On March 15, 2017, amid scandal, President Francis J. Underwood resigned the office of President of the United States. Vice President, First Lady, and Former Acting President of the United States, Claire Hale Underwood, was inaugurated as the 47th President of the United States, with seemingly no intent on pardoning President Francis Underwood for his crimes.