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|‹ 1920 1928 › ›|
|United States presidential election, 1924|
|November 4, 1924|
|Nominee||Calvin Coolidge||John W. Davis||Robert M. La Follette|
|Home state||Massachusetts||West Virginia||Wisconsin|
|Running mate||Herbert Hoover||Charles W. Bryan||Burton Wheeler|
The U.S. Presidential Election, 1924 was an overwhelming victory for the Republicans.
When President Churchill decided not to seek a third term, The Republican field was wide open.
- Vice President Warren Harding of Ohio
- Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover of California
- Senator Hiram Johnson of California
- Former Governor Frank Lowden of Illinois
- several favorite-son candidates
In the primaries, Johnson won in the west and Lowden won in the mid-west, Vice President Harding won in Ohio the north-east and the south. At the convention Harding was nominated for president on the sventh ballot over Lowden and Johnson. Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge was nominated for vice president over Hiram Johnson.
The Democrat primaries were awash for Former Treasury Secretary William McAdoo, but New York Governor Al Smith won a couple of north-eastern primaries.
At the convention McAdoo and Smith battled out for the nomination for over one hundred ballots before the convention turned to compromise candidate John W. Davis a former Ambassador who was nominated on the 103rd. ballot. The Democrats nominated Nebraska Governor Charles W. Bryan for Vice President.
The Progressive party nominated Wisconsin Senator Robert LaFollette (a Republican) for president and Montana Senator Burton Wheeler (a Democrat) for vice president.
Republicans were expected to win in a landslide until providence took a hand. While campaigning in California, Vice President Harding suffered a heart attack in August 2 and died the next day. The nation was shocked and the Republicans were terrified of losing the election so the Republican National Committee had to choose a nominee. The RNC battled for several ballots but after reaching deadlock due to Hiram Johnson's enability to win a majority of the committee members and so the Coolidge and Hoover forces joined and nominated Coolidge for President and Hoover for Vice President.
|Ballot||Winston Churchill||Calvin Coolidge||Herbert Hoover||Hiram Johnson||Frank Lowden||Others||Vice Presidential Ballot||Herbert Hoover||Others|
In spite of Republican division over who to nominate in Harding's place. Coolidge's silent charm, lovely wife, and the conservative credentals help him win. Another cause of Coolidge's victory was the fact that Davis' support was only among southern Democrats and yellow dog Democrats. While LaFollette had the support of most liberals. On election day the popularity of President Churchill along with good econamic times secured a strong victory for Coolidge and the Republicans.
|Candidate||Party||Popular vote||Electoral vote||Running mate|
|Calvin Coolidge||Republican||13,750,345 (48.4%)||301||Herbert C. Hoover|
|John W. Davis||Democrat||8,834,237 (30.0%)||189||Charles W. Davis|
|Robert M. LaFollette||Progressive||6,356,670 (21.1%)||41||Burton K. Wheeler|
Republicans retained a commanding lead in both the House and Senate.