The much anticipated results of the US Presidential elections were finally declared late on November 8, 2016. The Republican Party has scored a landslide victory. Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence are going to be the next President and Vice President of the USA.
Following its decisive victory in Pennsylvania, the GOP looks set to hold sway in the US Senate as well.
Having secured 264 electoral votes already and leading in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, Donald Trump looks set to become the next president of the USA. He's just four more votes away from winning the elections.
The Republicans' dominance in the US House of Representatives is set to continue. While the party may find it difficult to retain majority in the Senate, continued Republican dominance in the House could hamper any legislative agenda taken up by Clinton, in case she is elected. On the other hand, Trump's victory could lead to a prompt demise of outgoing President and Democrat member Barack Obama's health reforms.
In what may come as another setback for Hillary Clinton, as per latest reports, Republican Pat Toomey has been re-elected to the Senate from Pennsylvania.
Roosevelt was practically unopposed within the Democratic Party, though the party was critical of his current vice president, Henry A. Wallace. Many of the conservative Democrats believed he was too liberal, and party leaders suggested Harry S. Truman to be Roosevelt's new running mate. While Roosevelt knew and liked Wallace, he agreed to campaign with Truman to keep party unity. At the Democratic National Convention, many liberal delegates cast their votes for Wallace, but Truman prevailed.
Republican frontrunners were General Douglas MacArthur of the U.S. Army, John W. Bricker, a conservative governor of Ohio, and Thomas E. Dewey of New York. General MacArthur gained popularity for his vital role in World War II, but was unable to spend time campaigning while he was involved in the war, and was not successful in the primaries. When Dewey pulled ahead at the convention, he chose second-place candidate, Bricker, as his running mate to prevent the party from splitting. Dewey, who had fought for the Republican nomination in the previous election, became the Republican presidential nominee and won the chance to challenge Roosevelt.
The Republicans campaigned against Roosevelt's spending policies and social programs, which they said were excessive. But Roosevelt's proven leadership and war successes helped him, and he defeated Dewey with a total of 432 electoral votes. Despite his loss, Dewey was the most successful of any of Roosevelt past rivals, receiving 99 electoral votes and winning twelve states. Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term-a record that no president will ever break, because the Twenty-second Amendment was passed in 1947, setting a two-term limit on the presidential seat.
The Democratic Party's choice of Harry S. Truman proved important, as President Roosevelt's health began to fail and he died in office on April 12, 1945. After his death, Truman succeeded him to become the thirty-third President of the United States.
|Presidential Candidate||Home State||Party||Electoral Votes||Running Mate|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt||New York||Democratic||432||Harry S. Truman|
|Thomas E. Dewey||New York||Republican||99||John W. Bricker|
|Norman Thomas||New York||Socialist||0||Darlington Hoopes|
|Claude A. Watson||California||Prohibition||0||Andrew N. Johnson|
|US Presidential Elections History|