Swing Vote (film) Bud Johnson, an apathetic, beer-slinging, lovable loser in the small town of Texico, New Mexico, is coasting through a life that has passed him by. The one bright spot is his precocious, over-achieving twelve-year-old daughter Molly. She takes care of both of them, until one mischievous moment on election day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events that culminates in the presidential election coming down to a single vote—her dad’s. Bud becomes the most famous man in the world for ten days as both sides campaign to get his vote. A Touchstone Picture. Released on August 1, 2008. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Stars Kevin Costner (Bud Johnson), Paula Patton (Kate Madison), Kelsey Grammer (President Andrew Boone), Dennis Hopper (Donald Greenleaf), Nathan Lane (Art Crumb), Stanley Tucci (Martin Fox), George Lopez (John Sweeney), Judge Reinhold (Walter), Willie Nelson (himself), Mare Winningham (Larissa Johnson), Richard Petty (himself), Madeline Carroll (Molly Johnson). 120 min. Filmed in CinemaScope in Albuquerque, Belen, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.