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02/11/2004 George W. Bush is elected to a second term

Bush and incumbent Vice President Dick Cheney were renominated by their party with no difficulty. Former Governor Howard Dean emerged as the early front-runner in the Democratic primaries, but Kerry won the first set of primaries and clinched his party's nomination in March after a series of primary victories.

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