Roosevelt Wins Big.
On election day Roosevelt carried forty-two states. He received a total of 22,809,638 votes (57.4 percent of the popular vote) to Hoover's 15,758,901 (39.7 percent) and won 472 electoral votes to only 59 for Hoover. The Democrats also trounced the Republicans in congressional races. Democrats won 310 seats in the House while Republicans won only 117. The Democrats took control of the Senate, where they outnumbered the Republicans 60-35. The small Farmer-Labor Party captured 5 House seats and 1 Senate seat. The Republicans had been handed the worst electoral defeat in their history, as the Democrats won an impressive mandate from the American people.
Frank Freidel, "Election of 1932," in History of American Presidential Elections 1789-1968, edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., volume 3 (New York: Chelsea House/McGraw-Hill, 1971), pp. 2707-2805;
William E. Leuchtenburg,...
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