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|2020 U.S. presidential election|
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The 2020 United States presidential election was the 59th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Former President Selina Meyer and her running mate Jonah Ryan defeated incumbent President Laura Montez.
The series of presidential primary elections and caucuses took place between February and June 2020, staggered among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. This nominating process was also an indirect election, where voters cast ballots for a slate of delegates to a political party's nominating convention, who in turn elected their party's presidential nominee. Selina Meyer was selected against several other candidates at the brokered National Convention. Laura Montez won the opposition nomination unopposed. This is the first election where both of the major party nominees were women.
During the election, the Chinese government had colluded with the Meyer campaign in an effort to help her win the nomination. The Chinese also helped rig the general election in favor of Meyer in exchange for the return of Chinese sovereignty over Tibet. On election night, Meyer and Ryan emerged victorious against Montez. Meyer and Ryan were sworn in on January 20, 2021. This election marked Selina Meyer's first and only time winning a presidential election, having been president before and having run for president three other unsuccessful times.
In April 2015, following the positive press stemming from her interview with Janet Ryland taking responsibility for the Uzbek Hostage Crisis, Vice President Selina Meyer planned on running for president in the 2020 presidential election, and had a meeting with financial donors set. The meeting was cut short after Meyer accidentally walked into a glass door. After it was revealed that President Stuart Hughes would not be seeking re-election, Meyer instead ran for president in the 2016 presidential election.
The 2016 presidential election, between Meyer and opposition candidate Bill O'Brien, ended in an electoral tie. The contingent election held in the House of Representatives failed to elect a president. As a result, Laura Montez, the Senate's vice president-elect, immediately assumed the presidency upon taking the Oath of Office on January 20, 2017.
In the 2018 midterm elections, the opposition party was able to hold on to a majority in the House of Representatives.
Party primaries Edit
|Party ticket, 2020|
|Selina Meyer||Jonah Ryan|
|for President||for Vice President|
| 45th President of the United States|
| U.S. Representative from New Hampshire|
Other major candidates Edit
- Kemi Talbot, U.S. Senator from New York since 2013; (campaign)
- Buddy Calhoun, Governor of Nevada since 2018; Nevada Secretary of State until 2018; (campaign)
- Jonah Ryan, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 2017 - 2019; (campaign)
- Tom James, U.S. Senator from Connecticut 2001 - 2013; Party nominee for vice president in 2016; (campaign)
In December 2016, President Selina Meyer successfully brokered a deal between Tibet and China, though the credit initially was given to her successor, Laura Montez, as Tibet wasn't freed until Inauguration Day 2017. In October 2018, a leak revealed that Meyer was behind the Tibet deal all along, prompting her to re-evaluate her plan to run for president.
In January 2019, former Congressman Jonah Ryan became the first to announce his candidacy for president of the United States. In the following months, Meyer, Nevada Governor Buddy Calhoun, New York Senator Kemi Talbot, and 2016 vice presidential nominee Tom James all announced their candidacies for president.
The first primary debate was held on May 18, 2019; polls afterwards had Meyer winning. The following day, Meyer deputy campaign manager Amy Brookheimer announced she would be joining the Jonah Ryan campaign.
The first primary held was the Iowa caucus. Although it's not explicitly stated, it's implied that Talbot won. Meyer came in second place in Iowa. The following primary was New Hampshire, held on February 18, 2020, which Meyer won with 43% percent of the vote. Meyer previously won the state in the 2012 primaries but came in third place in New Hampshire in the 2016 primaries.
While campaigning for the South Carolina primary, Tom James withdrew his candidacy, but refused to endorse any candidate. On the day of the primary, several mysterious occurrences prevented largely African-American counties from going to the polls, resulting in Meyer winning South Carolina. Jonah Ryan, after the resignation of Bill Ericsson and Teddy Sykes, drew controversy by blaming Muslims for creating math, despite drawing some support and coming in third in South Carolina.
Super Tuesday was held on March 3, 2020, wherein the states of Florida, Oklahoma, Alabama, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas held primaries. While the Meyer campaign spent the run-up to Super Tuesday campaigning in various states, the Jonah Ryan campaign focused mainly on the state of Florida, where they saw a possible path to victory. According to Kent, Meyer was leading in Texas by three points, North Carolina by eight points, and two in Massachusetts.
To coincide with Super Tuesday, the State of New York announced their investigation into The Meyer Fund has ended following the death of Meyer's ex-husband Andrew Meyer. However, the investigation was suspended on March 1 after the death of Andrew Meyer.
On April 15, 2020, Meyer accepted the Peace Summit Award in Oslo, Norway. During her trip, she sought asylum at the Norwegian embassy after being reported for war crimes during her tenure in office. During this time, Americans rallied to have Selina sent home. However, after it was revealed that the drone strike Meyer authorized also killed an elephant, the voters turned on Meyer.
Meanwhile, Jonah Ryan, while campaigning in Pennsylvania, caught chickenpox, which inadvertently led to the death of his father, Lloyd Hennick.
The subsequent 2020 primaries were victim to cyberattacks from the Chinese, who acted to give an advantage to Meyer. Their efforts were unsuccessful as Meyer left the primaries without a majority of the delegates needed to clinch the nomination.
See also: 2020 National Convention
The 2020 National Convention was held from July 23 - 26, 2020, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Roger Furlong acted as chair of the convention. As no candidate achieved a majority of delegates in the primaries, the convention was noted by the press as being chaotic, with Meyer having a slight lead over Talbot in the delegate count.
On the third day of the convention, Jonah Ryan, who was in a distant third in the primary count, began gaining traction as a failed bombing attempt at the JFK airport in New York was revealed to be orchestrated by a muslim algebra teacher, feeding into his campaign rhetoric. While Meyer first considered former Ohio Governor John DeVito for the role as her running mate, she offered the role to Ryan as a last-ditch effort to win the party nomination.
On July 26, 2020, the final day of the convention, Selina Meyer and Jonah Ryan were named the party nominees by acclamation.
Opposition party primaries Edit
Opposition party ticket, 2020
|for President||for Vice President|
| 46th President of the United States|
It is the tradition in both parties that potential candidates stand down in deference to the incumbent president. Laura Montez won her party's nomination unopposed.
Sometime before the 2020 presidential primaries, Lu privately expressed the desire for Laura Montez, Meyer's successor, to be re-elected the 2020 presidential election. In order to do this, Lu decided that Selina Meyer, running in the primaries, was the best candidate to lose against Montez in the general election.
On February 19, 2020, former Meyer staffer Mike McLintock was approached by a Chinese official at the Chinese consulate in Washington, D.C., wishing to pass along a message to Meyer on behalf of Lu: that Lu would be watching the election with great interest and would wish to return to their discussion about the Diaoyu islands in the near future. Meyer and her associates deciphered that China would be willing to rig the election in favor of Meyer.
On February 21, Meyer publicly pledged to recognize the Diaoyu islands as Chinese territory. The next day, she learned that her campaign manager Keith Quinn had connections to the Chinese, and that her campaign's faith-based initiative received an anonymous financial infusion of 25 million dollars. On the day of the South Carolina primary, several occurrences around the state involving curfews and voter disenfranchisement prevented a large African-American population from going to the polls. The people prevented from voting were primarily estimated to be supporters of Meyer's primary rival Kemi Talbot. Meyer was declared the winner of the South Carolina primary that night in a "decisive" victory.
On March 1, Meyer discovered from a translated note belonging to Quinn that the Chinese were helping Meyer's primary campaign so that she would lose against Montez in the general election. On April 15, while at the Nobel Summit in Oslo, Meyer confronted Lu about his plan to get Montez re-elected. Lu seemed reluctant to cut any kind of deal with Meyer until she suggested returning Tibet to Chinese sovereignty. Lu ecstatically accepted Meyer's offer.
During the general election, the Chinese likely interfered on behalf of Meyer as the return of Tibet was too great of an offer for them.
On January 21, 2021, Chinese tank movements were detected around the Tibetan area. Tibet would officially return to Chinese sovereignty sometime during Meyer's full term in office.
Considering Montez's relative successes as president, including a flourishing economy and the bipartisan nomination of a Supreme Court Justice, it's likely that the Meyer-Ryan ticket faced an uphill battle against Montez. Despite being born in Connecticut, Montez claimed to be proud of her husband's Mexican heritage. This likely clashed with Jonah Ryan's vehement anti-immigration sentiments.
Election day was held on November 3, 2020. The Meyer-Ryan ticket defeated incumbent President Laura Montez. They were sworn-in on January 20, 2021.