What were some of the reasons Carter won the election in 1976?
The people were sick of the corruption the Nixon White House and along came folksy old Jimmy Carter. He was a do nothing president and was considered one of the weakest presidents we've had.
Main reason was distrust and frustration directed at Gerald Ford his opponent, over pardoning Nixon.
Ford vs. Carter. My, what a fine choice. No wonder everybody stayed home. (Same way four years later. But Reagan proved to be worthy after all.)