United States presidential election, 1940

United States presidential election, 1940
United States
November 5, 1940

531 electoral votes of the Electoral College
266 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout 62.5%[1] Increase 1.5 pp
Nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt Wendell Willkie
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York[2] Indiana[2]
Running mate Henry A. Wallace Charles L. McNary
Electoral vote 449 82
States carried 38 10
Popular vote 27,313,945 22,347,744
Percentage 54.7% 44.8%

Presidential election results map. Blue denotes those won by Roosevelt/Wallace, red denotes states won by Willkie/McNary. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Elected President

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The United States presidential election of 1940 was the 39th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 5, 1940. The election was fought in the shadow of World War II in Europe, as the United States was emerging from the Great Depression. Incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Democratic candidate, broke with tradition and ran for a third term, which became a major issue. The surprise Republican candidate was maverick businessman Wendell Willkie, a dark horse who crusaded against Roosevelt's perceived failure to end the Depression and his supposed eagerness for war. Roosevelt, acutely aware of strong isolationist and non-interventionism sentiment, promised there would be no involvement in foreign wars if he were re-elected. Willkie conducted an energetic campaign and managed to revive Republican strength in areas of the Midwest and Northeast. However, Roosevelt won a comfortable victory by building strong support from labor unions, urban political machines, ethnic voters, and the traditionally Democratic Solid South, going on to become the first and the only United States president in American history to be elected to a full third term.

Roosevelt won reelection in 1940 thanks to his wide victory margins in the nation's large cities. In the North, cities with a population over 100,000 gave Roosevelt 60% of their votes, while smaller cities, rural, and suburban areas in the North favored Willkie 52%-48%.


Democratic Party

Democratic candidates
John Nance Garner
Incumbent U.S. Vice President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Incumbent U.S. President
James Farley
Incumbent U.S. Postmaster General

Throughout the winter, spring, and summer of 1940, there was much speculation as to whether Roosevelt would break with longstanding tradition and run for an unprecedented third term. The two-term tradition, although not yet enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, had been established by President George Washington when he refused to run for a third term in 1796. Roosevelt refused to give a definitive statement as to his willingness to be a candidate again, and he even indicated to some ambitious Democrats, such as James Farley, that he would not run for a third term and that they could seek the Democratic nomination. However, as Nazi Germany swept through Western Europe and menaced the United Kingdom in the spring and summer of 1940, Roosevelt decided that only he had the necessary experience and skills to see the nation safely through the Nazi threat. He was aided by the party's political bosses, who feared that no Democrat except Roosevelt could defeat the popular Willkie.

At the July 1940 Democratic Convention in Chicago, Illinois, Roosevelt easily swept aside challenges from Farley and John Nance Garner, his Vice-President. Garner was a Texas conservative who had turned against Roosevelt in his second term because of his liberal economic and social policies. As a result, Roosevelt decided to pick a new running mate, Henry A. Wallace from Iowa, his Secretary of Agriculture and an outspoken liberal. That choice was strenuously opposed by many of the party's conservatives, who felt Wallace was too radical and "eccentric" in his private life to be an effective running mate (he practiced New Age spiritual beliefs, and often consulted with the controversial Russian spiritual guru Nicholas Roerich). But Roosevelt insisted that without Wallace on the ticket he would decline re-nomination, and when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt came to Chicago to vouch for Wallace, he won the vice-presidential nomination with 626 votes to 329 for House Speaker William B. Bankhead of Alabama.

Convention vote
President Vice President
Franklin D. Roosevelt 946 Henry A. Wallace 626
James Farley 72 William B. Bankhead 329
John Nance Garner 61 Paul V. McNutt 68
Millard Tydings 9 Alva B. Adams 11
Cordell Hull 5 James Farley 7
Jesse H. Jones 5
Joseph C. O'Mahoney 3
Alben W. Barkley 2
Prentiss M. Brown 1
Louis A. Johnson 1
Scott W. Lucas 1
Bascomb Timmons 1
David I. Walsh 0.5

Republican Party

Republican candidates
Thomas E. Dewey
Incumbent Manhattan District Attorney
from New York
Herbert Hoover
Former U.S. President
from California
Robert A. Taft
Incumbent U.S. Senator
from Ohio
Arthur H. Vandenberg
Incumbent U.S. Senator
from Michigan
Wendell Willkie
from Indiana
Presidential Balloting, Republican Convention 1940[3]
Ballot → 1 2 3 4 5 6
Wendell Willkie 105 171 259 306 429 655 √ 998
Robert A. Taft 189 203 212 254 377 318
Thomas E. Dewey 360 338 315 250 57 11
Arthur H. Vandenberg 76 73 72 61 42
Arthur James 74 66 59 56 59
Joseph W. Martin 44 26
Hanford MacNider 34 34 28 26 4
Frank Gannett 33 30 11 4 1 1
Herbert Hoover 17 21 32 31 20 10
Styles Bridges 28 9 1 1
Scattering / Blank 40 29 11 11 11 5 2
Vice Presidential Balloting, Republican Convention 1940
Charles L. McNary √ 848
Dewey Jackson Short 108
Styles Bridges 2

In the months leading up to the opening of the 1940 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Republican Party was deeply divided between the party's isolationists, who wanted to stay out of the war at all costs, and the party's interventionists, who felt that the United Kingdom and her allies needed to be given all aid short of war to prevent the Germans from conquering all of Europe. The three leading candidates for the Republican nomination were all isolationists to varying degrees. The three frontrunners were Senator Robert A. Taft from Ohio, Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg from Michigan, and District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey from New York. Taft was the leader of the conservative, isolationist wing of the Republican Party, and his main strength was in his native Midwest and parts of the South. Dewey, the District Attorney for Manhattan, had risen to national fame as the "Gangbuster" prosecutor who had sent numerous infamous Mafia figures to prison, most notably Lucky Luciano, the organized-crime boss of New York City. Dewey had won most of the presidential primaries in the spring of 1940, and he came into the Republican Convention in June with the largest number of delegate votes, although he was still well below the number needed to win. Vandenberg, the senior Republican in the Senate, was the "favorite son" candidate of the Michigan delegation and was considered a possible compromise candidate if Taft or Dewey faltered. Former President Herbert Hoover was also spoken of as a compromise candidate. However, each of these candidates had weaknesses that could be exploited. Taft's outspoken isolationism and opposition to any American involvement in the European war convinced many Republican leaders that he could not win a general election, particularly as France fell to the Nazis in May 1940 and Germany threatened Britain. Dewey's relative youth—he was only 38 in 1940—and lack of any foreign-policy experience caused his candidacy to weaken as the Nazi military emerged as a fearsome threat. In 1940, Vandenberg was also an isolationist (he would change his foreign-policy stance during World War II) and his lackadaisical, lethargic campaign never caught the voters' attention. Hoover still bore the stigma of having presided over the stock market crash of 1929 and the subsequent Great Depression. This left an opening for a dark horse candidate to emerge.

Wendell Willkie for President campaign button.

A Wall Street-based industrialist named Wendell Willkie, who had never before run for public office, emerged as the unlikely nominee. Willkie, a native of Indiana and a former Democrat who had supported Franklin Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election, was considered an improbable choice. Willkie had first come to public attention as an articulate critic of Roosevelt's attempt to break up electrical power monopolies. Willkie was the chief executive officer of the Commonwealth & Southern Corporation, which provided electrical power to customers in eleven states. In 1933, President Roosevelt had created the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which promised to provide flood control and cheap electricity to the impoverished people of the Tennessee River Valley. However, the government-run TVA would compete with Willkie's Commonwealth & Southern, and this led Willkie to criticize and oppose the TVA's attempt to compete with private power companies. Willkie argued that the government had unfair advantages over private corporations, and should thus avoid competing directly against them. However, Willkie did not dismiss all of Roosevelt's social welfare programs, indeed supporting those he believed could not be managed any better by the free enterprise system. Furthermore, unlike the leading Republican candidates, Willkie was a forceful and outspoken advocate of aid to the Allies, especially Britain. His support of giving all aid to the British "short of declaring war" won him the support of many Republicans on the East Coast, who disagreed with their party's isolationist leaders in Congress. Willkie's persuasive arguments impressed these Republicans, who believed that he would be an attractive presidential candidate. Many of the leading press barons of the era, such as Ogden Reid of the New York Herald Tribune, Roy Howard of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain and John and Gardner Cowles, publishers of the Minneapolis Star and the Minneapolis Tribune, as well as The Des Moines Register and Look magazine, supported Willkie in their newspapers and magazines. Even so, Willkie remained a long-shot candidate; the May 8 Gallup Poll showed Dewey at 67% support among Republicans, followed by Vandenberg and Taft, with Willkie at only 3%.

The German Army's rapid blitz into France in May 1940 shook American public opinion, even as Taft was telling a Kansas audience that America needed to concentrate on domestic issues to prevent Roosevelt from using the war crisis to extend socialism at home. Both Dewey and Vandenberg also continued to oppose any aid to Britain that might lead to war with Germany. Nevertheless, sympathy for the embattled British was mounting daily, and this aided Willkie's candidacy. By mid-June, little over one week before the Republican Convention opened, the Gallup poll reported that Willkie had moved into second place with 17%, and that Dewey was slipping. Fueled by his favorable media attention, Willkie's pro-British statements won over many of the delegates. As the delegates were arriving in Philadelphia, Gallup reported that Willkie had surged to 29%, Dewey had slipped five more points to 47%, and Taft, Vandenberg and Hoover trailed at 8%, 8%, and 6% respectively.

Hundreds of thousands, perhaps as many as one million, telegrams urging support for Willkie poured in, many from "Willkie Clubs" that had sprung up across the country. Millions more signed petitions circulating everywhere. At the 1940 Republican National Convention itself, keynote speaker Harold Stassen, the Governor of Minnesota, announced his support for Willkie and became his official floor manager. Hundreds of vocal Willkie supporters packed the upper galleries of the convention hall. Willkie's amateur status and fresh face appealed to delegates as well as voters. Most of the delegations were selected not by primaries, but by party leaders in each state, and they had a keen sense of the fast-changing pulse of public opinion. Gallup found the same thing in polling data not reported until after the convention: Willkie had moved ahead among Republican voters by 44% to only 29% for the collapsing Dewey. As the pro-Willkie galleries repeatedly yelled "We Want Willkie," the delegates on the convention floor began their vote. Dewey led on the first ballot, but steadily lost strength thereafter. Both Taft and Willkie gained in strength on each ballot, and by the fourth ballot it was obvious that either Willkie or Taft would be the nominee. The key moments came when the delegations of large states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York left Dewey and Vandenberg and switched to Willkie, giving him the victory on the sixth ballot.

Willkie's nomination is still considered by historians to have been one of the most dramatic moments in any political convention. Having given little thought to whom he would select as his vice-presidential nominee, Willkie left the decision to convention chairman and Massachusetts Representative Joseph Martin, the House Minority Leader, who suggested Senate Minority Leader Charles L. McNary from Oregon. Despite the fact that McNary had spearheaded a "Stop Willkie" campaign late in the balloting, the convention picked him to be Willkie's running mate.

General election


The Gallup Poll accurately predicted the election outcome, but the American Institute of Public Opinion, responsible for the Gallup Poll, avoided predicting the outcome citing a four percent margin of error. Polls also indicated that, if there was no war in Europe, voters preferred Willkie over Roosevelt.[4][5]

The fall campaign

Results by county explicitly indicating the percentage for the winning candidate. Shades of blue are for Roosevelt (Democratic) and shades of red are for Willkie (Republican).

Willkie crusaded against Roosevelt's attempt to break the two-term presidential tradition, arguing that "if one man is indispensable, then none of us is free." Even some Democrats who had supported Roosevelt in the past disapproved of his attempt to win a third term, and Willkie hoped to win their votes. Willkie also criticized what he claimed was the incompetence and waste in Roosevelt's New Deal welfare programs. He stated that as president he would keep most of Roosevelt's government programs, but would make them more efficient. However, many Americans still blamed business leaders for the Great Depression, and the fact that Willkie symbolized "Big Business" hurt him with many working-class voters. Willkie was a fearless campaigner; he often visited industrial areas where Republicans were still blamed for causing the Great Depression and where Roosevelt was highly popular. In these areas, Willkie frequently had rotten fruit and vegetables thrown at him and was heckled by crowds; still, he was unfazed.

Willkie also accused Roosevelt of leaving the nation unprepared for war, but Roosevelt's military buildup and transformation of the nation into the "arsenal of democracy" removed the "unpreparedness" charge as a major issue. Willkie then reversed his approach and charged Roosevelt with secretly planning to take the nation into World War II. This accusation did cut into Roosevelt's support. In response, Roosevelt, in a pledge that he would later regret, promised that he would "not send American boys into any foreign wars."


Roosevelt led in all pre-election opinion polls by various margins. On Election Day—November 5, 1940—Roosevelt received 27.3 million votes to Willkie's 22.3 million, and in the Electoral College, Roosevelt defeated Willkie by a margin of 449 to 82. Willkie did get over six million more votes than the Republican nominee in 1936, Alf Landon, and he ran strong in rural areas in the American Midwest, taking over 57% of the farm vote. Roosevelt, meanwhile, carried every American city with a population of more than 400,000 except Cincinnati, Ohio. Of the 106 cities with more than 100,000 population, Roosevelt won 61 percent of the votes cast; in the South as a whole, he won 73 percent of the total vote. In the remainder of the country (the rural and small-town North), Willkie had a majority of 53 percent. In the cities, there was a class differential, with the white-collar and middle-class voters supporting Republican candidate, and working class, blue-collar voters going for FDR. In the North, Roosevelt won 87 percent of the Jewish vote, 73 percent of the Catholics, and 61 percent of the nonmembers, while all the major Protestant denominations showed majorities for Willkie.[6]

As of 2016, it was the last time in which the Democratic Party won the presidency more than two consecutive times.

Of the 3,094 counties/independent cities, Roosevelt won in 1,947 (62.93%) while Willkie carried 1,147 (37.07%).

As a result of Willkie's gains, Roosevelt became the second of only three presidents in United States history to win re-election with a lower percentage of both the electoral vote and the popular vote than in the prior election, preceded by James Madison in 1812 and followed by Barack Obama in 2012. Andrew Jackson in 1832 and Grover Cleveland in 1892 received more electoral votes but fewer popular votes, while Woodrow Wilson in 1916 received more popular votes but fewer electoral votes.

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral
Running mate
Count Pct Vice-presidential candidate Home state Elect. vote
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Incumbent) Democratic New York 27,313,945 54.74% 449 Henry A. Wallace Iowa 449
Wendell Willkie Republican New York 22,347,744 44.78% 82 Charles L. McNary Oregon 82
Norman Thomas Socialist New York 116,599 0.23% 0 Maynard C. Krueger Illinois 0
Roger Babson Prohibition Massachusetts 57,903 0.12% 0 Edgar Moorman Illinois 0
Earl Browder Communist Kansas 48,557 0.10% 0 James Ford New York 0
John W. Aiken Socialist Labor Connecticut 14,883 0.03% 0 Aaron M. Orange New York 0
Other 2,482 0.00% Other
Total 49,902,113 100% 531 531
Needed to win 266 266

Source (Popular Vote): Leip, David. "1940 Presidential Election Results". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved July 31, 2005. Source (Electoral Vote): "Electoral College Box Scores 1789–1996". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved July 31, 2005. 

Popular vote
Electoral vote

Geography of Results

Cartographic Gallery

Results by state


States won by Roosevelt/Wallace
States won by Willkie/McNary
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Wendell Willkie
Norman Thomas
Other Margin State Total
State electoral
# % electoral
# % electoral
# % electoral
# % electoral
# % #
Alabama 11 250,72685.221142,18414.34-1000.03-1,2090.41-208,54270.88294,219 AL
Arizona 3 95,26763.49354,03036.01----7420.49-41,23727.48150,039 AZ
Arkansas 9 158,62279.02942,12120.98-------116,50158.03200,743 AR
California 22 1,877,61857.44221,351,41941.34-16,5060.50-23,2480.71-526,19916.103,268,791 CA
Colorado 6 265,55448.37-279,57650.9261,8990.35-1,9750.36--14,022-2.55549,004 CO
Connecticut 8 417,62153.448361,81946.30----2,0620.26-55,8027.14781,502 CT
Delaware 3 74,59954.70361,44045.05-1150.08-2200.16-13,1599.65136,374 DE
Florida 7 359,33474.017126,15825.99-------233,17648.03485,492 FL
Georgia 12 265,19484.851246,36014.83----9970.32-218,83470.02312,551 GA
Idaho 4 127,84254.364106,55345.31-4970.21-2760.12-21,2899.05235,168 ID
Illinois 29 2,149,93450.97292,047,24048.54-10,9140.26-9,8470.23-102,6942.434,217,935 IL
Indiana 14 874,06349.03-899,46650.45142,0750.12-7,1430.40--25,403-1.421,782,747 IN
Iowa 11 578,80047.62-632,37052.0311---4,2600.35--53,570-4.411,215,430 IA
Kansas 9 364,72542.40-489,16956.8692,3470.27-4,0560.47--124,444-14.47860,297 KS
Kentucky 11 557,22257.4411410,38442.30-1,0140.10-1,4430.15-146,83815.14970,063 KY
Louisiana 10 319,75185.881052,44614.09----1080.03-267,30571.80372,305 LA
Maine 5 156,47848.77-163,95151.105---4110.13--7,473-2.33320,840 ME
Maryland 8 384,54658.258269,53440.83-4,0930.62-1,9440.29-115,01217.42660,117 MD
Massachusetts 17 1,076,52253.1117939,70046.36-4,0910.20-6,6800.33-136,8226.752,026,993 MA
Michigan 19 1,032,99149.52-1,039,91749.85197,5930.36-5,4280.26--6,926-0.332,085,929 MI
Minnesota 11 644,19651.4911596,27447.66-5,4540.44-5,2640.42-47,9223.831,251,188 MN
Mississippi 9 168,26795.7097,3644.19-1930.11----160,90391.51175,824 MS
Missouri 15 958,47652.2715871,00947.50-2,2260.12-2,0180.11-87,4674.771,833,729 MO
Montana 4 145,69858.78499,57940.17-1,4430.58-1,1530.47-46,11918.61247,873 MT
Nebraska 7 263,67742.81-352,20157.197-------88,524-14.37615,878 NE
Nevada 3 31,94560.08321,22939.92-------10,71620.1553,174 NV
New Hampshire 4 125,29253.224110,12746.78-------15,1656.44235,419 NH
New Jersey 16 1,016,40451.4816944,87647.86-2,8230.14-10,1110.51-71,5283.621,974,214 NJ
New Mexico 3 103,69956.59379,31543.28-1440.08-1000.05-24,38413.31183,258 NM
New York 47 3,251,91851.60473,027,47848.04-18,9500.30-3,2500.05-224,4403.566,301,596 NY
North Carolina 13 609,01574.0313213,63325.97-------395,38248.06822,648 NC
North Dakota 4 124,03644.18-154,59055.0641,2790.46-8700.31--30,554-10.88280,775 ND
Ohio 26 1,733,13952.20261,586,77347.80-------146,3664.413,319,912 OH
Oklahoma 11 474,31357.4111348,87242.23----3,0270.37-125,44115.18826,212 OK
Oregon 5 258,41553.705219,55545.62-3980.08-2,8720.60-38,8608.07481,240 OR
Pennsylvania 36 2,171,03553.23361,889,84846.33-10,9670.27-6,8640.17-281,1876.894,078,714 PA
Rhode Island 4 182,18256.734138,65343.17----3130.10-43,52913.55321,148 RI
South Carolina 8 95,47095.6384,3604.37-20.00----91,11091.2699,832 SC
South Dakota 4 131,36242.59-177,06557.414-------45,703-14.82308,427 SD
Tennessee 11 351,60167.2511169,15332.35-4630.09-1,6060.31-182,44834.90522,823 TN
Texas 23 909,97480.9223212,69218.91-7280.06-1,1370.10-697,28262.011,124,531 TX
Utah 4 154,27762.25493,15137.59-2000.08-1910.08-61,12624.67247,819 UT
Vermont 3 64,26944.92-78,37154.783---4220.30--14,102-9.86143,062 VT
Virginia 11 235,96168.0811109,36331.55-2820.08-1,0010.29-126,59836.52346,607 VA
Washington 8 462,14558.228322,12340.58-4,5860.58-4,9790.63-140,02217.64793,833 WA
West Virginia 8 495,66257.108372,41442.90-------123,24814.20868,076 WV
Wisconsin 12 704,82150.1512679,20648.32-15,0711.07-6,4240.46-25,6151.821,405,522 WI
Wyoming 3 59,28752.82352,63346.89-1480.13-1720.15-6,6545.93112,240 WY
TOTALS:531 27,313,94554.74449 22,347,74444.7882 116,5990.23- 123,8250.25- 4,966,2019.9549,902,113 US

Close states

Margin of victory less than 5% (211 electoral votes):

  1. Michigan, 0.33%
  2. Indiana, 1.42%
  3. Wisconsin, 1.82%
  4. Maine, 2.33%
  5. Illinois, 2.43%
  6. Colorado, 2.55%
  7. New York, 3.56%
  8. New Jersey, 3.62%
  9. Minnesota, 3.83%
  10. Iowa, 4.41%
  11. Ohio, 4.41%
  12. Missouri, 4.77%

Margin of victory between 5% and 10% (83 electoral votes):

  1. Wyoming, 5.93%
  2. New Hampshire, 6.44%
  3. Massachusetts, 6.75%
  4. Pennsylvania, 6.89%
  5. Connecticut, 7.14%
  6. Oregon, 8.07%
  7. Idaho, 9.05%
  8. Delaware, 9.65%
  9. Vermont, 9.86%

See also


  1. "Voter Turnout in Presidential Elections". The American Presidency Project. UC Santa Barbara.
  2. 1 2 "U. S. Electoral College". Archives.gov. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  3. Richard C. Bain and Judith H. Parris, Convention Decisions and Voting Records (1973), pp. 254–256.
  5. Katz, Daniel (March 1941). "The Public Opinion Polls and the 1940 Election". The Public Opinion Quarterly. Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 52–78
  6. Richard Jensen, "The Cities Reelect Roosevelt" p 189-90
  7. "1940 Presidential General Election Data - National". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 14, 2013.


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