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1948 Election (President Lindbergh)

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1944 Flag of the United States 1952
United States Presidential Election, 1948
November 2, 1948
250px-Col Charles Lindbergh-1 Huey-long
Nominee Charles Lindbergh Huey Long
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New Jersey Louisiana
Running mate Alf Landon Henry Wallace
Electoral vote 273 258
States carried 26 22+DC
Popular vote 50.79% 49.21%

The United States presidential election of 1948 was marked by controversy, particularly surrounding President Lindbergh's unprecedented decision to run for a third term. Although initial reports indicated Lindbergh's interest in allowing Vice President Alf Landon to run a proxy campaign, in the end the president decided to run for reelection. The Democratic Party threw what could be considered a liberal Hail Mary, choosing rambunctious Louisiana Senator Huey Long and former Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace for the ticket. The gambit paid off, in a way, with the closest election that Lindbergh had to fight, and a record that would stand until for over fifty years. In the end, however, Lindbergh was still reelected.

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