July 13, 2015 3:00 PM EDT

By the summer of 1976, the pool of potential presidential candidates had winnowed to three: incumbent Gerald Ford, his Republican challenger Ronald Reagan and the Democrat Jimmy Carter. It was a situation tailor-made for the post-Watergate world, as shown in this exclusive clip from the upcoming episode of CNN’s The Seventies, which airs on Thursdays at 9:00 pm. Here’s how TIME handicapped the field at the time:

Read the June 21, 1976, issue of TIME, here in the TIME Vault: Our Next President (Pick One)

Write to Lily Rothman at lily.rothman@time.com.

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