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Presidential Election 2018

Appearances: "Trojan Horse", "Mercy", "The Box", "Head Games", "Tick, Tock" & "Transfer of Power"

The Presidential Election 2018 is the main storyline of the sixth season of Scandal.


Luna Vargas hired Theodore Peus and Samantha Ruland to make sure her husband Frankie Vargas lost the election because she didn't want to trapped in the life as First Lady when her husband takes the oval. Samantha and Peus did their best to make sure that Mellie becomes the new President of The United States as ordered by Luna.

Francisco Vargas' AssassinationEdit

Main article: Francisco Vargas' Assassination

On the election night of the 2018, Francisco Vargas was elected the 45th President of the United States of America, when the state of California was called for him, which gave him the electoral votes of 280 versus Mellie Grant's 258, 270 was required to be elected President. When President - elect Vargas was addressing his supporters after a suprising election turn he was later asassinated.

Mellie Grant vs Francisco Vargas (2)

Vargas was the Democratic nominee for President of the United States (Blue)

Grant was the Republican nominee for President of the United States (Red)

Rowan was ordered to assassinate Francisco Vargas by Samantha Ruland and Theodore Peus, they blackmailed him by kidnapping and threatening to kill his high school sweetheart and girlfriend at the time Sandra. They ordered the assassination because they want Mellie Grant to become President.

Elizabeth North's MurderEdit

Main article: Elizabeth North's Murder

Elizabeth North was killed by Samantha Ruland when Mellie refused to help Peus become the new President of The United States of America. Peus told Mellie that she was either going to become President or they would kill her and her children.

Liz North's Meets A Tragic End - Scandal 6x11

Liz North's Meets A Tragic End - Scandal 6x11

Mellie Becomes President-ElectEdit

However the Electoral College were forced to vote for Mellie Grant and Jake Ballard on December 19th by Theodore Peus. This gave Mellie Grant the presidency and Jake Ballard the Vice Presidency. Francisco Vargas and Cyrus Beene received 225 electoral votes while Mellie Grant and Jake Ballard received 313 electoral votes and won the election.

Voters selected members of the Electoral College in each state, in most cases by "winner-takes-all" plurality; those state electors in turn voted for a new President and Vice President on December 19, 2018. While Vargas won the election his assassination on election night was unprecedented action, his running mate Cyrus Beene did become the President-elect of the United States after the death of Francisco Vargas was announced on November 9th 2018, but was imprisoned for short time for allegedly being involved in the assassination of Francisco Vargas until he was released from Baltimore Penitentiary on December 14th. U.S Senator Mellie Grant was still a nominee after the election but did not campaign, she was chosen by the Electoral College on December 19th to become the 45th President of the United States. She sworn in on January 20th, 2019.

Grant vs Vargas Electors Vote (2)
Mellie Becomes President; Olivia and Fitz Come Together - Scandal 6x11

Mellie Becomes President; Olivia and Fitz Come Together - Scandal 6x11

Luna as Mellie's Vice PresidentEdit

When Mellie becomes the President-Elect, Peus showed up at OPA to demand that Olivia make Jake resign from the vice presidency so that he can take Jake's place. Olivia then told Jake to step down as Mellie's vice-president for his own safety.

To stall Peus' announcement for his Vice presidency, Olivia planned for a drone, piloted by Huck and Quinn, to fly over the White House to pose a major threat and to get the time to choose a new Vice President for Mellie.

Mellie then picked Luna as her vice president herself because she thought Luna would be perfect for the job. Later when both Peus and Samantha were killed by Jake and Rowan respectively, it was believed that the nightmare is gone and Mellie was about to become the President with nothing in her way. Olivia later then faced with another huge problem when she found out that Peus and Samantha were just taking orders from someone else and "someone else" being Luna Vargas.

"You can't take Olivia Pope. Olivia Pope takes you

"You can't take Olivia Pope. Olivia Pope takes you."