The United States presidential election of 2044 was the 65th quadrennial American presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 2044. Democratic Party nominees U.S. Senator Jacob Edwards from Vermont and Governor Alyssa Hutchinson of Washington defeated Republican Party nominees Vice President George LeMieux and U.S. Representative Joe Jansen from Minnesota. At the age of 41, Jacob Edwards became the youngest president ever elected, as well as the first president elected from Vermont, and Alyssa Hutchinson became the first woman to be elected vice president.
The incumbent president, Elise Stefanik, of the Republican Party, was ineligible to be elected to a third term due to term limits in the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution. In the Republican field, there were multiple contenders, with Vice President George LeMieux becoming the frontrunner and winning the Republican nomination with relative ease. In the Democratic field, there was a close race between multiple candidates, with Senator Jacob Edwards from Vermont eventually gaining enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee. The campaigns focused largely on foreign policy issues, such as a trade war between China and India, an alliance between the emerging powers of Turkey and Japan, and the aftermath of the Second Russian Civil War. Domestic issues were also discussed, such as Universal Healthcare Act having been recently passed, fears of economic crash folliowing a period of economic boom, and the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA), which was awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives.
Edwards narrowly defeated LeMieux. With Edwards winning 43.78% of the popular vote and LeMieux winning 41.96% of the popular vote, this was the closest presidential election in the history of the United States since George W. Bush narrowly defeated John Kerry in the election of 2000. Third parties won a total of 14.26% of the popular vote, the largest percentage since Theodore Roosevelt won 27.4% of the popular vote on the Progressive Party ticket in 1912. Edwards was very successful in most urban and suburban areas, and did much better in rural areas than George Westely had four year prior, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state of Mississippi since Jimmy Carter in 1976.
- Jacob Edwards, U.S. Senator from Vermont for President
- Alyssa Hutchinson, Governor of Washington for Vice President
- Kirsten Gillibrand, former U.S. Senator from New York (withdrew May 18, 2044, endorsed Jacob Edwards)
- Alejandra Martinez, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (withdrew May 1, 2044, endorsed Jacob Edwards)
- Andrew Cartier, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (withdrew April 12, 2044, endorsed Jacob Edwards)
- Madison Dusenelli, U.S. Representative from New York (withdrew March 28, 2044, endorsed Jacob Edwards)
- Matthew Duzinska, Mayor from Illinois (withdrew March 4, 2044, endorsed Jacob Edwards)
- George LeMieux, Vice President of the United States from Florida for President
- Joe Jansen, U.S. Representative from Minnesota for Vice President
- Cory Gardner, former U.S. Senator from Colorado (withdrew May 3, 2044, endorsed George LeMieux)
- Tom Cotton, Governor of Arkansas (withdrew April 15, 2044, endorsed George LeMieux)
- Alexandra LeDunn, U.S. Representative from Maine (withdrew March 31, 2044, endorsed George LeMieux)
- Anthony Andrews, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire (withdrew March 29, 2044, endorsed George LeMieux)
- Mike Lee, former Governor of Utah (withdrew January 31, 2044, endorsed George LeMieux)