After intense deliberation in Albany, New York Governor Mario Cuomo made a surprise late entry into the 1992 Presidential race on December 20, 1991. Cuomo won the Democratic nomination following a heated primary battle, and ultimately defeated President George H.W. Bush by a margin of 52% to 47%. Cuomo had been aided by the early 1990s recession, Bush's broken pledge not to raise taxes, and Ross Perot's permanent exit from the presidential race in July 1992. But Cuomo almost didn't run that year. What if Cuomo had decided to sit out 1992? Who would the Democrats have nominated for President instead, and would they have beaten Bush? Might Perot have re-entered the race if the Democrats hadn't nominated an anti-NAFTA candidate like Cuomo? How would the 1990s unfold without a Cuomo Presidency?