President Dalton decided to run as an Independent.
After Bess took a controversial stance on climate change, her party turned on both her and President Dalton by opting not to nominate him for re-election. Feeling responsible, Bess was determined to come up with a solution.
While fetching coffee one morning, Bess ran into Chief Justice Wilbourne, who gave her the idea to encourage Dalton to run as an Independent.
Unfortunately, by changing party affiliation, Dalton knew he'd have to rescind his offer to make Bess his vice presidential candidate in favor of someone who could rally swing state votes. On the upside, Bess repaired her relationship with the president and remained his top pick for Secretary of State.