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Encyclopedia > U.S. presidential election, 2002 (The West Wing)
The West Wing title screen
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The 2002 United States Presidential Election was a fictional event that took place on the television program The West Wing in the 2002 season, the program's fourth season. Image File history File links The West Wing Title Shot File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links The West Wing Title Shot File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The West Wing is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin and produced and co-written by John Wells. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Incumbent President Josiah Bartlet of New Hampshire was the unanimous nominee of the Democratic Party despite fears of a challenge. Incumbent Vice President John Hoynes of Texas was re-nominated as President Bartlet's running mate. Before the election there had been talk of replacing Hoynes with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Percy Fitzwallace or even with White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry; however, Bartlet himself vetoed the moves, making it clear he wanted Hoynes by writing four words on a piece of paper: "Because I could die." The President of the United States (unofficially abbreviated POTUS) is the head of state of the United States. ... Martin Sheen as President Josiah Jed Bartlet Josiah Edward Jed Bartlet, President of the United States, is a fictional character played by Martin Sheen on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... State nickname: Granite State, Mother of Rivers, White Mountain State, Switzerland of America [1] Official languages English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Governor John Lynch (D) Senators Judd Gregg (R) John Sununu (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 46th 24,239 km² 3. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Richard B. Cheney, 46th and current Vice President of the United States The Vice President of the United States is the second-highest executive official of the United States government, the person who, in the words of Adlai Stevenson, is a heartbeat from the presidency. ... John Hoynes, former Vice President of the United States, is a fictional character played by Tim Matheson on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... ... The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is by law the highest ranking military officer of the United States military, and the principal military advisor to the President of the United States. ... John Spencer as Leo McGarry Leo Thomas McGarry, former United States Secretary of Labor, former White House Chief of Staff, Senior Counselor to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2006 election, is a fictional character played by the late actor John Spencer on the...


The Republican Party had a wide field of candidates to choose from, including the Senate Majority Leader and a host of others. Eventually the party settled on the Governor of Florida, Robert Ritchie as its nominee. Ritchie's candidate for Vice President, Jeff Heston, is mentioned in passing,it is now understood he came from Utah . This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... List of Governors of Florida: Florida Governors Military Government Territorial Government Statehood Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Florida | Government of Florida ... Robert Ritchie, former governor of Florida and Republican nominee in the 2002 presidential election, is a fictional character played by James Brolin on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Utah is one of the Four Corners states, and is bordered by: Idaho (at 42°N) and Wyoming (at 41°N and 111°W) in the north, by Colorado (at 109°W) in the east, at a single point by New Mexico to the southeast (at the Four Corners Monument...


The campaign was dogged by criticism of President Bartlet's decision to keep his Multiple Sclerosis hidden from the public. The President also had to fend off criticism concerning the size of the federal government. Governor Ritchie campaigned on the theme that Bartlet and the Democrats were soft on crime and were too involved in the government.


Ritchie was known for a folksy, down-to-earth style and a simplistic manner of speaking with which he was able to communicate with people, in contrast to the intellectualism of President Bartlet. Bartlet for a time attempted to emulate this behaviour before his advisor Toby Ziegler convinced him to stop, a strategy that ultimately contributed to the result. Tobias Zachary Toby Ziegler, former White House Director of Communications, is a fictional character played by Richard Schiff on the television serial drama The West Wing. ...


The Ritchie campaign agreed to only two debates, while the Bartlet camp wanted five. A decision was handed down that there would be two debates using rules that did not allow for true debate. Bartlet wanted real discussion in the debate, so he traded down to a single debate in exchange for effective debate rules that allowed him to engage Ritchie. The single debate resulted in an overwhelming victory for the President. When Governor Ritchie criticised the federal government superceding the states, President Bartlet replied by saying Florida had taken billions of dollars in money from the federal government, and cheekily asking "Can we have it back, please?" Senator John F. Kennedy debates Vice President Richard M. Nixon in the first televised debates, 1960. ... State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ...


So impressive was the President's debating skills that even Ritchie himself admitted defeat. In the post-debate handshake, Ritchie whispered "It's over," to Bartlet, who replied "You'll be back."


In the general election, Bartlet was successfully re-elected, winning a majority of the popular vote (which he failed to do four years earlier). In the South, Bartlet won Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina; and made a clean sweep of the Midwest and Plains States, including the Dakotas, something no Democrat had hitherto done. He however lost two states that he had won in 1998; Georgia and Florida, which was Ritchie's home state. The U.S. Southern states or The South, known during the American Civil War era as Dixie, is a distinctive region of the United States with its own unique historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... State nickname: Pelican State Official languages None; English and French de facto Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last official government census, but probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) Senators Mary Landrieu (D) David Vitter (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 31st 134,382 km... State nickname: Tar Heel State; Old North State Official languages English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Senators Elizabeth Dole (R) Richard Burr (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 9. ... State nickname: Palmetto State Official languages English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Governor Mark Sanford (R) Senators Lindsey Graham (R) Jim DeMint (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 40th 82,965 km² 6 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 26th 4,012,012 51. ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... The Great Plains is the broad expanse of prairie which lies east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States of America and Canada, covering all or parts of the U.S. states of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota and the... The Dakotas is a collective term used in the United States to refer to the states of North and South Dakota together. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ...


It is not clear whether Bartlet meant "You'll be back" to mean Ritchie would get another shot at the Presidency, or whether he would be re-elected Governor in two years' time. The show never reveals whether he won another term, but it did not list Ritchie among the Republican Presidential candidates four years later. In real life, Governors of Florida are limited to two terms.

Presidential Candidate Party Home State Popular Vote Electoral Vote Running Mate Running Mate's
Home State
Running Mate's
Electoral Vote
Count Percentage
Josiah Bartlet Democratic Party New Hampshire 53,766,221 55.6% 423 John Hoynes Texas 423
Robert Ritchie Republican Party Florida 42,992,342 44.4% 115 Jeff Heston Utah 115
Total 96,758,563 100.0% 538 Total 538
Needed to win 270 Needed to win 270

Martin Sheen as President Josiah Jed Bartlet Josiah Edward Jed Bartlet, President of the United States, is a fictional character played by Martin Sheen on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... The Democratic Party, founded in 1792, is the longest-standing political party in the world (unless one considers the British Conservative Party to be an extension of the much older Tories). ... State nickname: Granite State, Mother of Rivers, White Mountain State, Switzerland of America [1] Official languages English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Governor John Lynch (D) Senators Judd Gregg (R) John Sununu (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 46th 24,239 km² 3. ... John Hoynes, former Vice President of the United States, is a fictional character played by Tim Matheson on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... ... Robert Ritchie, former governor of Florida and Republican nominee in the 2002 presidential election, is a fictional character played by James Brolin on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party), is one of the two major political parties in the United States (the other being the Democratic Party). ... State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ... Utah is one of the Four Corners states, and is bordered by: Idaho (at 42°N) and Wyoming (at 41°N and 111°W) in the north, by Colorado (at 109°W) in the east, at a single point by New Mexico to the southeast (at the Four Corners Monument...

Results by state

With the information we know in terms of which states were won and the total electoral vote, the only possible result on a state-by-state basis is the following.It was shown on a electoral map in the fourth series "Debate Camp" that in the 2002 election The Electoral College totals for each state where based on the real worlds 2000 totals rather than 2004.

Bartlet       Ritchie
  • Arizona (8)
  • Arkansas (6)
  • California (54)
  • Colorado (8)
  • Connecticut (8)
  • Delaware (3)
  • District of Columbia (3)
  • Hawaii (4)
  • Illinois (22)
  • Indiana (12)
  • Iowa (7)
  • Kentucky (8)
  • Louisiana (9)
  • Maine (4)
  • Maryland (10)
  • Massachusetts (12)
  • Michigan (18)
  • Minnesota (10)
  • Missouri (11)
  • Montana (3)
  • Nebraska (5)
  • Nevada (5)
  • New Hampshire (4)
  • New Jersey (15)
  • New Mexico (5)
  • New York (33)
  • North Carolina (14)
  • North Dakota (3)
  • Ohio (21)
  • Oregon (7)
  • Pennsylvania (23)
  • Rhode Island (4)
  • South Carolina (8)
  • South Dakota (3)
  • Tennessee (11)
  • Vermont (3)
  • Virginia (13)
  • Washington (11)
  • West Virginia (5)
  • Wisconsin (11)
  • Alabama (9)
  • Alaska (3)
  • Florida (25)
  • Georgia (13)
  • Idaho (4)
  • Kansas (6)
  • Mississippi (7)
  • Oklahoma (8)
  • Utah (5)
  • Texas (32)
  • Wyoming (3)
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