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|United States presidential election, 1936|
|November 3, 1936|
|Nominee||John Nance Garner||William Borah|
|Running mate||Samuel B. Pettingill||Alf Landon|
The United States presidential election of 1936 was the 38th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 3, 1936. Incumbent John Nance Garner, the Democratic nominee, defeated William Borah, the Republican nominee.
After President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt's assassination in 1933, there were calls by many, including then President Hoover, for a special election, rather than immediate an swearing-in of Vice President-elect Garner. Garner himself was rumored to support a special election, and Hoover signed an executive order mandating it. However, Congress overruled the executive order and named Garner president. Furious, Hoover spent Garner's first term as a staunch opponent, and, after quelling rumors of his own run, campaigned furiously for William Borah.
Garner's first term was marked by a slow activist state. Garner had pledged to follow Roosevelt's ideas, but implemented them much more slowly than Roosevelt had planned. The Depression's recovery by 1936 was slow-going, but not so much that Garner's reelection was ever really in question.