The Republican frontrunners were Governor of Kansas Alf Landon, William Borah who served in the Senate for Idaho, and publisher Frank Knox. While the progressive candidate, Borah, did well in the primaries, when Landon asked Knox to be his running mate, Landon was chosen easily to be the Republican nominee.
A popular and typically accurate poll was released declaring Landon the election winner by a wide margin. The results of the poll, which came from a publication called The Literary Digest, were based on voluntary response.
Without a random sample, the results were skewed in favor of the Republican candidate, and not representative of public opinion.This failure demonstrated the flaws in the voluntary response method of polling, and changed the way polls were run in the future.
Despite these poll results, Roosevelt won the 1936 election by the widest margin in U.S. history since the formation of the two-party system, losing just eight electoral votes from two states. Franklin D. Roosevelt continued as President of the United States for his second term.
|Presidential Candidate||Home State||Party||Electoral Votes||Running Mate|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt||New York||Democratic||523||John N. Garner|
|Alfred M. Landon||Kansas||Republican||8||Frank Knox|
|William Lemke||North Dakota||Union||0||Thomas C. O'Brien|
|Norman Thomas||New York||Socialist||0||George A. Nelson|
|Earl Browder||Kansas||Communist||0||James W. Ford|