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|United States presidential election, 1916|
|November 7, 1916|
|Nominee||Winston Churchill||Woodrow Wilson|
|Home state||New York||New Jersey|
|Running mate||Warren G. Harding||Thomas R. Marshall|
The U.S. Presidential Election, 1916 is considerd a realing election in which New York Governor Winston Churchill squared off against incumbent President Woodrow Wilson.
The Republicans sought a candidate who could unite the party and defeat Wilson. New York Governor Winston Churchill seemed to be that candidate. With the backing of former President Teddy Roosevelt and former New York Governor Charles Evans Hughes Churchill was well on his way to winning the nomination.
In the primaries, Churchill won important victories in New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Vermont. Churchill's main rival in the primaries was Iowa Senator Albert Cummins. Cummins won several primaries in the west but could not catch up with Churchill.
At the Republican convention, Churchill won the nomination on the second ballot after winning the support of the Ohio delegation. In trade, Churchill picked Ohio Senator Warren Harding as his running mate.
President Wilson and Vice President Marshall were renominated without opposition.
Churchill was considerd the favorite early on but Wilson closed the gap as Election Day neared, most experts expected a long election night.
|Candidate||Party||Popular vote||Electoral vote||Running mate|
|Winston Churchill||Republican||9,358,231 (50.8%)||342||Warren G. Harding|
|Woodrow Wilson||Democrat||8,415,519 (44.6%)||189||Thomas R. Marshall|
The Republicans won control of both the House and the Senate, this ensured that President-elect Churchill would be able to push his agenda through Congress.