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US Presidential Election 1944 (Vive l'Emperor)

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<1940 1948>
Turnout: 72,772,108
Nominee Thomas Dewey Harry S. Truman
Party Republican Democratic
Running Mate John W. Bricker James F. Byrnes
States Carried
Popular Vote

Republican Nomination

President Theodore Roosevelt Jr had declared in May 1944 that he would seek reelection in november. However his death in July had taken him out of the race. This put his successor, Wendell Willkie into the front running. Willkie chose fellow liberal Thomas Dewey as his vice president, trying to alienate the conservatives particularly the isolationist wing. But the main isolationist candidate, Robert Taft, refused to run, realising the unpopularity of his cause he supported the bid of General Douglas MacArthur. California Governor Earl Warren stood as a moderate candidate. Only 10 primaries were held, with Willkie winning all but two, MacArthur won Wisconsin and Warren won California. The republican convention was originally to be held on July 14th, however it was postponed due to the death of Roosevelt. The convention was finally held on September 2nd, with Willkie being nominated on the 3rd ballot. Willkie chose Dewey as his running mate. Both Willkie and Dewey then undertook tours across the nation. On October 8 Willkie delivered a series of campaign speeches in Indianapolis, before boarding the presidential train to travel to New York. During the journey he suffered a series of fatal heart attacks and died. Dewey became the presidential nominee less than one month before the election and selected Warren as his running mate.

Nominee 1 2 3
Wendell Willkie 363 374 480
Douglas MacArthur 112 146 30
Earl Warren 39 4 -

Democratic Nomination

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