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        Ronald Reagan | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

        California governor Ronald Reagan may have lost to President Gerald Ford in the 1976 Republican primary, but that loss changed the course of his party and the Conservative movement. After Ford took an early lead in the primary, Reagan came roaring back, ultimately taking the contest to the Convention where he fell short but left many in the crowd wondering if they had picked the wrong man.

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        Ronald Reagan: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use the interactive timeline and learn about Ronald Reagan. Many forget that in 1976 Reagan lost a primary challenge in a heartbreak of a race. This is a testament to the strength of his legacy.

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        Ronald Reagan: Reagan and the Primary

        Learn more about how close Reagan came to winning the GOP nomination in 1976, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Ronald Reagan: Reagan and the Speech

        Learn more about the impact Reagan's speech at the 1976 Republican National Convention had on his future, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Ronald Reagan: Reagan and the GOP

        Learn more about Reagan's concern for the direction of the GOP in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Ronald Reagan: Episode

        In 1976, Reagan decided to challenge sitting president Gerald Ford in one of the most contested primaries in history. Reagan eventually won the presidency in 1980, holding office for two terms and presiding over what would be called the Reagan Revolution.

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