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  The United States presidential election of 1996 was a contest between the Democratic national ticket of President of the United Bill Clinton of Arkansas and Vice President of the United States|Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee and the Republican national ticket of former United States Senate|Senator Bob Dole of Kansas for President and former Cabinet Secretary Jack Kemp of New York for Vice President of the United States|Vice President. Businessman Ross Perot ran as candidate for the Reform Party of the United States of America|Reform Party with economist Pat Choate as his running mate: he received less media attention and was excluded from the United States presidential election debates and, while still obtaining substantial results for a third-party candidate, by U.S. standards, did not renew his success in the United States Presidential election, 1992|1992 election. Clinton benefited from an economy which recovered from the early 1990s recession, and a relatively stable world stage. On November 5, 1996, President Clinton went on to win re-election with a substantial margin in the popular vote and electoral college. Background In 1995, the United States Republican Party was riding high on the gains made in the 1994 congressional elections. In those elections, the Republicans, led by Newt Gingrich, captured the majority of seats in the United States House of for the first time in forty years and the majority of seats in the United States Senate|U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.  Bill Clinton was President of the United States from Arkansas. With the advantage of incumbency, Bill Clinton's path to renomination by the United States Democratic Party was uneventful. At the 1996 Democratic National Convention, Clinton and incumbent Vice President of the United States|Vice President Al Gore were renominated with token opposition. Incarcerated fringe candidate Lyndon LaRouche won a few Arkansas delegates that were barred from the convention. Former Pennsylvania governor Robert P. Casey|Bob Casey contemplated a challenge to Clinton, but health problems forced Casey to abandon a bid. Clinton easily won primaries nationwide, with margins consistently higher than 80%. More attention was drawn to the race by the budget stalemate in 1995 between the Congress and the President, which caused temporary shutdowns and slowdowns in many areas of federal government service. Former United States Army|U.S. Army General Colin Powell|Colin L. Powell was widely courted as a potential Republican nominee. However, on November 8, 1995, Powell announced that he would not seek the nomination. Former Secretary of Defense and future Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney was touted by many as a possible candidate for the presidency, but he declared his intentions not to run in early 1995. Former and future Secretary of Secretary Donald Rumsfeld formed a presidential campaign exploratory committee, but declined to formally enter the race. Then-Texas Governor George W. Bush was also urged by some party leaders to seek the Republican Party (United Party nomination, but opted against doing so. He would however be awarded the presidency four years later in one of the closest and most controversial election.