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The United States presidential election of 2132 was the 85th quadrennial presidential election. The election was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2132 and served as the immediate impetus for the outbreak of the Second American Civil War. The United States had been divided during the majority of the early 22nd Century on questions surrounding the status of the Southwest of the North American continent. By 2132, the alliance between the Progressive and Mexicanos Libres Parties had crumbled. In the face of a divided opposition, the new Union Party, originally from the Colonies, secured a plurality of the vote, putting Lionel "Leo" Halvidar in the White House with almost no support from the Southwest.

Before Halvidar's inauguration, four Southwestern states declared their secession and later formed the United States of Aztlan. Secessionists from three additional Border states called to join them when Halvidar's call to restore federal property in the South forced them to take sides, while Utah and Colorado attempted to remain neutral. At the 2136 election, the Union had admitted Oklahoma, Jacinto and Brazos as free-soil states.

Nominations

Conservative Union Party

  • Lydia Monroe Former Senator from New York
  • Harrison Reed U.S. Senator from Victoria
  • Dan Jagan Congressman from Guyana

Progressive Party

  • Mike Jacobi Governor of Ontario
  • Sarima Haden U.S. Senator from Michigan
  • Alice Turner Congresswoman from England

Mexicanos Libres Party

  • David Castillo Former Vice President of the United States
  • Carlos Salazar U.S. Senator from Texas

Union Party

  • Lionel Halvidar ITC Chairman and former Resident Commissioner of Bradbury

Green Party

  • Sofia Lamothe Congresswoman from Hispaniola

Constitution Party

  • Frank Blithe Congressman from Oregon

Campaign

The contest in the Southwest was between David Castillo and Lydia Monroe, while Halvidar and Jacobi fought primarily for the rest of the country, with both candidates even making tours into the Southwest. Halvidar's name wasn't even on the ballot in Arizona and New Mexico. Three debates were scheduled for all six of the major candidates, along with the seven public one-on-ones challanged between individual candidates, the most significant being the debate between Castillo and Halvidar in October 3rd, 2132.

Halvidar focused much of the campaign calling for greater national unity through econoimc and constitutional reforms that had been in use in the colonies for the last five decades. Halvidar's economic reforms resonated with the majority of the country's electorate.

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