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United States elections, 1932

The 1932 United States general election was held on November 8, during the Great Depression. The presidential election coincided with U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and gubernatorial elections in several states.[1][2] The election marked the end of the Fourth Party System and the start of the Fifth Party System, and the election is widely considered to be a realigning election.[3]

Democratic Governor of New York Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to serve as the 32nd President of the United States, defeating Republican incumbent Herbert Hoover in a landslide. Roosevelt's victory was the first by a Democratic candidate since Woodrow Wilson won re-election in 1914.

The Republicans suffered massive defeats in both congressional chambers with many seats switching to Democratic control. Democrats gained ninety-seven seats in the House of Representatives, increasing their majority over the Republicans (and achieving a House supermajority). The Democrats also took control of the Senate, gaining twelve seats from the Republicans.[2] Republicans had controlled the chamber since their electoral success in 1918.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "1932 Presidential Election". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Statistics of the Congressional and Presidential Election of November 8, 1932". U.S. House of Reps, Office of the Clerk. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Reichley, A. James (2000). The Life of the Parties (Paperback ed.). Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 8–12. 
  4. ^ "Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present". United States Senate. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
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