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Although many candidates sought the Republican nomination, only two, Governor Landon and Senator William Borah from Idaho, were considered to be serious candidates. The party machinery, however, almost uniformly backed Landon, a wealthy businessman and centristwho won primaries in Massachusetts and New Jersey and dominated in the caucuses and at state party conventions.
Alf Landon Other nominations[ edit ] Many people, most significantly Democratic National Committee Chairman James Farley expected Huey Longthe colorful Democratic senator from Louisiana, to run as a third-party candidate with his " Share Our Wealth " program as his platform.
Polls made during and suggested Long could have won between six  and seven million  votes, or approximately fifteen percent of the actual number cast in the election.
However, Long was assassinated in September Some historians, including Long biographer T. Harry Williamscontend that Long had never, in fact, intended to run for the presidency in Instead, he had been plotting with Father Charles Coughlina Catholic priest and populist talk radio personality, to run someone else on the soon-to-be-formed "Share Our Wealth" Party ticket.
According to Williams, the idea was that this candidate would split the left-wing vote with President Roosevelt, thereby electing a Republican president and proving the electoral appeal of Share Our Wealth. Long would then wait four years and run for president as a Democrat in Wheelerand Governor Floyd B.
Olson of the Minnesota Farmer—Labor Party. Father Coughlin, who had allied himself with Dr. Francis Townsenda left-wing political activist who was pushing for the creation of an old-age pension system, and Rev.
Lemke, who lacked the charisma and national stature of the other potential candidates, fared poorly in the election, barely managing two percent of the vote, and the party was dissolved the following year. Pre-election polling[ edit ] This election is notable for The Literary Digest poll, which was based on ten million questionnaires mailed to readers and potential readers; 2.
The Literary Digest, which had correctly predicted the winner of the last 5 elections, announced in its October 31 issue that Landon would be the winner with electoral votes.
The cause of this mistake has often been attributed to improper sampling: As the article explains, the 2. He also predicted that the Literary Digest would mis-predict the results.
His correct predictions made public opinion polling a critical element of elections for journalists and indeed for politicians. The Gallup Poll would become a staple of future presidential elections, and remains one of the most prominent election polling organizations.
Campaign[ edit ] Election poster in Manchester, NH Landon proved to be an ineffective campaigner who rarely traveled. In the two months after his nomination he made no campaign appearances. Landon of Topeka, Kansas The Missing Persons Bureau has sent out an alarm bulletin bearing Mr.
Late in the campaign, Landon accused Roosevelt of corruption — that is, of acquiring so much power that he was subverting the Constitution: The President spoke truly when he boasted These powers were granted with the understanding that they were only temporary.
But after the powers had been obtained, and after the emergency was clearly over, we were told that another emergency would be created if the power was given up. In other words, the concentration of power in the hands of the President was not a question of temporary emergency. It was a question of permanent national policy.
In my opinion the emergency of was a mere excuse National economic planning—the term used by this Administration to describe its policy—violates the basic ideals of the American system The price of economic planning is the loss of economic freedom.
And economic freedom and personal liberty go hand in hand.The United States presidential election of took place as the effects of the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression were being felt intensely across the country. President Herbert Hoover's popularity was falling as voters felt he was unable to reverse the economic collapse, or .
Good presentation and analysis of election returns in summaries by state and county. Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to U.S. Elections. 3d ed. John L. Moore, ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Similar to the previous book but with a less detailed analysis of presidential elections.
The Most Consequential Elections in History: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Election of FDR led America to victory in World War II.
Nov 07, · The United States Presidential Election in Vermont took place on November 8, as part of the United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.
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8, , in which Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Republican Pres. Herbert Hoover. The election was the first held during the Great Depression, and it represented a dramatic shift in .