For only the third time in the 20th century, after the elections of 1912 and 1976, a sitting Republican president was seriously challenged for his party's nomination. President George H. W. Bush
was challenged by conservative commentator Pat Buchanan
, and during the early counting of the votes at the New Hampshire primary
, it appeared that the president might actually lose. However, Buchanan faded by the end of the evening, and Bush won all the rest of the primaries. Bush's margins in many of the primaries weren't as large as expected, and led to the rise of Ross Perot
as an independent candidate.
<gallery perrow="1">Image:George H. W. Bush, President of the United States, 1989 official portrait.jpg|President George H.W. Bush
Withdrew during primary elections
<gallery perrow="3">Image:Pat Buchanan.jpg|Former Presidential Advisor Pat Buchanan
Image:Rsz davidduke.jpg|State Representative David Duke
Image:HaroldStassenOfficialOil.jpg|Former Governor Harold Stassen
, and Louisiana State Represenative David Duke
also ran in a number of primaries, but he didn't receive any delegates. Former Governor Harold Stassen
also made a quixotic bid for support in the Minnesota primary, winning enough votes to entitle him to one delegate, but was later denied his single vote by machinations at the Minnesota Republican......