|☜ 1990 • • 1998 ☞|
8 November 1994
|Republican Party||Democratic Party|
|☜ Incumbent (R) | Incumbent (R) ☞|
The United States Presidential Election of 1994 was held on Tuesday, November 8 of that year. The incumbent Republican president won re-election.
Based on the Democrats' continued control of the House and Senate, it seems likely that this election did not feature strong coattails on behalf of the Republican ticket. It can be presumed that whoever won the Vice Presidency was also the Republican nominee for President in 1998.
It can also be presumed that the 1994 Democratic nominee for President was an incumbent or former office holder from the Northeast. When Leo McGarry invites Josh Lyman to hear Governor Bartlet speak in the 1998 primary Josh says, "We're not going to nominate another Northeastern Liberal. We're dumb, but not that dumb". To which Leo replies, "No, I think we're exactly that dumb". This would further explain why John Hoynes was the prohibitive front runner for the nomination in 1998, being from Texas.
Furthermore, in a conversation between Josh Lyman and Sam Seaborn in Season 7, it is mentioned that the last time the Democrats had controlled the House had been 8 years before, indicating that the Democrats must have controlled at least 1/2 of Congress by this general, or midterm election.