The presidential election campaign began in I.1685 when Nur Pinito Caprici set out on a nationwide speaking tour. Talking in front of massive crowds of Sanamans across Amarra and Sanilla, the President addressed issues like national security, national identity, social justice, labour rights and access to work. Relying heavily on her track record in those fields, she nevertheless outlined her policies going forward. "The common market of the Raspur Pact is a golden opportunity for Sanaman businesses and through them, Sanaman workers, to bring in wealth and prosperity to our nation", she said in front of a cheering crowd in Pakor City. Having presided over six years of unprecedented economic growth, in large due to export of oil and weapons, the presidential election seemed to be hers to lose. On 13.II.1685, in front of a crowd of 12,000 people in Niyi, she reiterated the pledge of the Alliance for Prosperity: Nation, Justice, Prosperity. Being a very able and passionate speaker, she appealed to her audience to give her another six years so she could fullfill the pledge. At the same time, she lashed out against her main rival, Pjetro Campucci of DL-SLF, maintaining that his demands for vast social programmes, additional infrastructure investments and a curtailing of oil extraction for environmental reasons, would ruin the nation, bankrupt the federal government, and bring in a deep recession. During the run-up to the election, Nur Pinito Caprici's poll numbers showed a slow but steady increase, but still short of an outright majority. Several respected pundits suggested that, given her track record, she should command a comfortable majority in the polls and the fact that her numbers were lower than expected was taken as a sign of sectional division and a reaction to a possible oncoming economic downturn. Indeed, signs of a slowing economy due to falling oil prices and excessive credit became more and more noticeable during 1685, with several economists predicting a lower GDP growth rate for 1686, possibly going into a slight recession come 1687. In response to these signs, and to provide more money for credit institutions, the national bank increased the printing of rilha during 1685, in turn leading to a modest but noticeable increase in the inflation rate. Several wars during the seventies and early eighties had also put a strain on the federal budget, causing an increase in the national debt.
Meanwhile, the main competitor for the presidency, Pjetro Campucci, of DL-SLF started his election campaign in II.1685. Attacking the president from the left, he maintained in all his rallies that the unprecedented economic growth was mainly benefiting the already well-off, instead of the vast number of people struggling to make ends meet. He accused the president of privatising businesses to benefit corporate sponsors and friends, of not protecting workers' rights, and not distributing the huge influx of money into the country in a more equitable manner. Campucci called for new extensive social programmes aimed at transferring wealth from corporations and rich people, to poor people and the working class through cash transfers. On top of this he proposed tapping into the oil fund, where a part of the oil revenue every year is deposited, to pay for increased unemployment benefits, government-sponsored jobs, parental leave, sick leave, additional payed vacation time. He also proposed a radical reduction in the military to help pay for these programmes. Campucci also called for social reforms, such as federal recognition and legalisation of same-sex marriage, federal recognition of a third legal gender, federal financial support for abortion clinics and gender confirmation surgeries, and increased employment protections for LGBTQ people. Several of these measures were also proposed by the United Nationalist Alliance, but Campucci called their support "populist" and "disingenuous", even calling the party and the Alliance for Prosperity "anti-LGBTQ". President Nur Pinito Caprici laughed off the attack at a subsequent rally where her domestic partner Maliya Kulahi attended. Campucci's positions were constantly under attack from both the far left that viewed them as "a small step in the right direction, but still capitalistic" and from the center-right calling them "expensive, dangerous and reckless".
The presidential election of 1685 resulted in a narrow victory for incumbent Keysa Nur Pinito Caprici against the presidential candidate Pjetro Campucci from the SLF. A total of four candidates participated, but since Caprici did not garner a majority of the vote, second preference votes were redistributed from Gregory L. Justice of the Northern League and Kiko Kumali of the Sanaman Communist Party. A large part of the votes for Justice were redistributed to the second preference Caprici, helping to push her just above the 50 percent needed to be elected.
After a constitutional amendment in 1684, the elections of 1685 marked the first time that Senators were directly elected by the people of each province. The two senators from Highpass and Sanama City respectively were also directly elected. Western Shimmerspring still lacked federal representation.
Senate election, 1685
All 85 seats of the Senate 43 seats needed for a majority