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OfficePresident
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1940 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 05, 1940 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close November 05, 1940 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start January 20, 1941 - 12:00pm
Term End January 20, 1945 - 12:00pm
Turnout 37.76% Total Population
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifiedChronicler November 09, 2008 03:24pm
Data SourcesCongressional Quarterly Guide to U S Elections, third edition
Description
FDR faced a new set of difficulties in his second term. The U.S. Supreme Court was composed of justices who had been appointed prior to his election as President, and their political views reflected the public opinion of the 1920s. When court cases arose over New Deal programs, the Supreme Court was willing to declare the programs unconstitutional. Among the alphabet soup victims were the AAA and NRA; other victims were the Railroad Retirement Program, the farm mortage program, and the Municipal Banking Act. Roosevelt responded by asking Congress to add some additional justices to the Court. While this request from Roosevelt was not unusual in theory, it was interpreted as an attempt to pack the court with his supporters. Congress balked at the idea, but the Court did become more friendly to FDR’s programs.

In the midterm elections of 1938, Roosevelt took the bold step of campaigning for primary election challengers to some of the Democratic Senators who were uneasy with his programs. His efforts were unsuccessful in GA, MD, and NC. In the general election, the Republicans rebounded, gaining six U.S. Senate seats and 80 U.S. House seats. Among the new Republican office holders were Gov. John Bricker and U.S. Senator Robert Taft of Ohio.

The last of the New Deal programs were approved in 1938. Among the more important programs were the Farm Security Administration to provide more relief to farmers, the Agriculture Adjustment Act to provide subsidies for crops, and the

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/03/1936
NameFranklin Delano Roosevelt Votes27,757,333 (60.80%)
Term01/20/1937 - 01/20/1941 Margin11,073,102 (+24.25%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/07/1944
NameFranklin Delano Roosevelt Votes25,612,610 (53.38%)
Term01/20/1945 - 01/20/1949 Margin3,594,993 (+7.49%)
PRIMARY/OTHER SCHEDULE
Jul 01, 1940 US President - D Primaries Franklin Delano Roosevelt
D 4,504,631
Jul 01, 1940 US President - R Primaries Thomas E. Dewey
R 3,226,797
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Name (I) President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Wendell L. Willkie Party Leader Norman M. Thomas Roger W. Babson General Secretary Earl R. Browder John W. Aiken Others
PartyDemocratic Republican Socialist Prohibition Communist Socialist Labor Independent
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Uncertified Votes27,313,041 (54.73%) 22,348,480 (44.79%) 116,827 (0.23%) 58,685 (0.12%) 48,548 (0.10%) 14,883 (0.03%) 1,247 (0.00%)
Margin0 (0.00%) -4,964,561 (-9.95%) -27,196,214 (-54.50%) -27,254,356 (-54.62%) -27,264,493 (-54.64%) -27,298,158 (-54.70%) -27,311,794 (-54.73%)
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Name Alfred B. Knutson  
PartyPeace  
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Uncertified Votes545 (0.00%)  
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