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U.S. Presidential Election 1904

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.

The presidential election of 1904 was a competition between incumbent President Theodore Roosevelt and Democratic nominee Alton B. Parker of New York. Roosevelt, who had taken office after President McKinley's assassination in 1901, became the first president by succession to win a reelection. Roosevelt defeated Parker by a wide margin, and went on to serve a full term as President of the United States.
Roosevelt had demonstrated his leadership abilities after taking over for McKinley in the previous years, and positioned himself for reelection. He was a charismatic leader and a popular candidate with the public. The Republican Party chose Roosevelt easily, balancing out his more progressive views with a conservative politician, Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana, as his running mate.

The Democrats knew they needed a strong candidate to counter the well-liked incumbent. They chose Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, Alton B. Parker, a well-respected leader. Though he had run for his court position as a Democrat, the opposing side respected him so much, they chose not to nominate anyone to run against him.

William Jennings Bryan, who had been the party's presidential nominee for the previous two elections, did not want the nomination himself. However, he would not support Parker either, as he was known to be a Gold Democrat. Bryan had fought for a bimetallic monetary system in his past campaigns. Instead, he put his support behind William Randolph Hearst, publisher and owner of eight newspapers. Hearst, who was at the time representing New York in Congress, was a labor-friendly and liberal alternative to Parker. Bryan's supporters backed his choice, but it wasn't enough. Parker was nominated as the Democratic Party candidate on the first vote. Senator Henry G. Davis of West Virginia was selected to be his running mate, becoming the oldest candidate ever to be nominated for the position by a major political party, at 80 years old.

After Parker received the nomination, he sent out a telegraph declaring his stance on the issue of silver. His letter showed his strong support of the gold standard, and announced that the Democratic Party was welcome to replace him as their presidential nominee if they disagreed with this, but the party did not.

Several third parties nominated candidates in the 1904 election. The recently formed Socialist Party nominated Eugene V. Debs and Benjamin Hanford as presidential and vice presidential nominees. The Prohibition Party chose Silas Comfort Swallow and George W. Carroll to represent their party, and the Populist Party nominated Thomas E. Watson and Thomas Tibbles. Finally, the Socialist Labor Party nominated Charles Hunter Corregan and William Wesley Cox.

The election of 1904 was less dramatic than the previous few, and the campaigns struggled to find issues to differentiate the two. They held similar views when it came to the monetary system, immigrants and labor. In fact, both parties suggested that their candidate could have been on the opposing side.

Campaign funding was a controversial aspect of the 1904 election when it came out that both sides were being financed by special interest groups. Insurance companies and steel manufacturers had donated a substantial portion of Roosevelt's campaign funds, while Parker received funds from bankers and oil tycoons.

In the end, charisma and a good track record won out over inexperience, and Roosevelt won the election by the widest margin at that point in history, with over 2.5 million popular votes.

The breakdown of candidates and electoral votes was as follows:

Presidential CandidateHome StatePartyElectoral VotesRunning Mate
Theodore RooseveltNew YorkRepublican336Charles W. Fairbanks
Alton B. ParkerNew YorkDemocratic140Henry G. Davis
Eugene V. DebsIndianaSocialist0Benjamin Hanford
Silas Comfort SwallowPennsylvaniaProhibition0George W. Carroll
Thomas E. WatsonGeorgiaPopulist0Thomas Tibbles
Charles Hunter CorreganNew YorkSocialist Labor0William Wesley Cox
Total  476

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