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|‹ 1944 1952 ›|
|United States Presidential Election, 1948|
|November 2, 1948|
|Nominee||Charles Lindbergh||Huey Long|
|Home state||New Jersey||Louisiana|
|Running mate||Alf Landon||Henry Wallace|
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.