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U.S. presidential election, 1940

Presidential CandidateElectoral Vote Popular Vote Pct Party Running Mate
(Electoral Votes)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (W) 449 27,244,160 Democrat Henry A. Wallace (449)
Wendell Wilkie 82 22,305,198 Republican Charles L. McNary[?] (82)
Other elections: 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952
Source: U.S. Office of the Federal Register (http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/electoral_college/scores#1940)


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Wendell Wilkie, a former Democrat, switched to the Republican party in 1939 in opposition to incumbant president Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Wilkie campaigned against the New Deal and the government's lack of military preparedness. During the election, Roosevelt preempted the military issue by expanding military contracts. Wilkie then reversed his approach and accused Roosevelt of warmongering. On election day Roosevelt received 27 million votes to Wilkie's 22 million, and in the Electoral College, Roosevelt defeated Wilkie 449 to 82.

Norman Thomas of the Socialist Party received 116,410 popular votes.

See also: President of the United States, U.S. presidential election, 1940



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