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United States presidential election, 1924
United States
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November 4, 1924
→ 1928

  Sinclair Nophoto
Nominee Upton Sinclair Unknown
Party Socialist Democratic
Home state New Jersey
Running mate Hosea Blackford

President before election

Upton Sinclair
Socialist

Elected President

Upton Sinclair
Socialist

The United States presidential election of 1924 was held in the United States against a backdrop of rising prosperity and drop in tensions with the Confederate States, as well as a failed uprising against US forces occupying Canada. Socialist president Upton Sinclair was easily reelected over the Democratic candidate.

It was also the first presidential election in US history in which women all across the country could vote, though in some states, such as Ohio, a presidential candidate was the only candidate on the ballot they could vote for.

The ElectionEdit

Four years of Socialist policies had created prosperity in the United States. The stock market was booming, and millions of working-and-middle class people were buying goods that used to be limited to the rich, such as automobiles and radios. Tensions with the neighboring Confederate States had also gone down after Sinclair ended reparations repayments in 1923. On the other hand, discontented Canadians rose in revolt in the summer of 1924, but were ultimately defeated. Sinclair let them off easy, which annoyed quite a few Americans who had spent so much blood and money in the Great War conquering Canada; this created a dilemma for many Americans who liked the Socialists' domestic policies but also liked the Democrats' foreign policies. Still, Sinclair and his vice president, Hosea Blackford, were easily renominated at the Socialist national convention in Chicago. That November, the president defeated the Democrats' bid for the Powel House and was re-elected for another four years.

Literary CommentEdit

The Democratic candidate was never identified in the text.

OTL ElectionEdit

President Warren G. Harding unexpectedly died of a heart attack on August 2, 1923 and Vice President Calvin Coolidge ascended to the presidency. In 1924, Coolidge ran in his own right with Charles Gates Dawes as his running mate.

The Democratic Party split at the New York City convention. Two initial front-runners emerged: William McAdoo and Al Smith. However, conflict emerged over whether or not to condemn the Ku Klux Klan (whom McAdoo counted among his supporters). Smith's Catholicism became an issue for McAdoo supporters. Finally, on the 103rd ballot, neither man had the 2/3s majority vote and both dropped out, the nomination finally went to compromise candidate John W. Davis.

The Progressive Party fielded candidate Robert M. La Follette, Sr.

The Democrats' implosion and loss of more liberal voters to La Follette (who nonetheless only carried 13 electoral votes from his own state of Wisconsin) ensured the already popular Coolidge's victory.

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