The Rushmore Report: Predicting the Presidential Election – 2028


With just 5,389 days to go until the 2028 presidential election, it’s time to finalize our projections for the White House – 12 years out. With Democratic President Castro having served two terms, the race will be up for grabs. The primary issues for debate will include Medicare, race relations, education, immigration, inner city renovation, and taxes. I will tell the story as it will appear the day after the election. And the 2028 president will be . . .

Democratic Nomination

With an open seat for the first time in eight years a number of prominent Democrats jumped into the race. Early leaders were Vice President Kirsten Gillibrand, age 62, who sought to become America’s first woman president. She faced the stiff opposition of liberal darling Cory Booker, age 59. Booker is a four-term senator from New Jersey. Lesser known candidates included Kasim Reed, former mayor of Atlanta, and Gavin Newsom of California. Rumored to make one final run for the White House, Hillary Clinton, age 82, bowed out, but did not rule out a run in 2032. Bernie Sanders, age 137, failing to secure the VP nomination, unexpectedly announced his retirement from politics.

Democratic Winner – Vice President Kirsten Gillibrand

Republican Nomination

Running for the Republican nomination, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was the early favorite. At age 65, he emerged as the conscience of the libertarian/conservative wing of the party. Other candidates included Adam Kinzinger, age 50. As the sitting Republican Governor of Illinois, the military veteran put Illinois in play, while promising to return America to the military greatness that eroded under the Castro Administration. Kinzinger enjoyed the endorsement of Senator John McCain, age 104, of Arizona. Other candidates included 2024 nominee Marco Rubio of Florida, Governor Brandon Creighton of Texas, Florida Rep. Tim Tebow, and Rep. Byron Trump, son of the former president, of New York. At age 22, Trump would have been the youngest president in U.S. history.

Republican Winner – Governor Adam Kinzinger

Presidential Winner

On November 7, 2028, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Kirsten Gillibrand, in an election reminiscent of the Trump win over Clinton in 2016, as Gillibrand won the popular vote, 51-48 percent. Carrying Illinois, Kinzinger narrowly won the Electoral College, 271-269. President-elect Kinzinger will be inaugurated the 47th President of the United States on January 20, 2029.


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