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United States presidential election, 1932
United States
1928 ←
November 8, 1932
→ 1936

  PresidentSteele Hoover
Nominee Joe Steele Herbert Hoover
Party Democratic Republican
Home state California California
Running mate John Nance Garner Charles Curtis (presumed)
Electoral vote 472 59
States carried 42 6

President before election

Herbert Hoover
Republican

Elected President

Joe Steele
Democratic

The United States presidential election of 1932 took place against the backdrop of the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover's popularity was falling as voters felt he was unable to reverse the country's economic collapse. Joe Steele used Hoover's perceived failure as a platform for his own election, promising a policy called the Four Year Plan to jumpstart the economy. Steele won in a landslide, and began to slowly accumulate power to the executive branch at the expense of the legislative and judicial.

The CampaignEdit

The Democratic ConventionEdit

Sensing that they were in their best position in over a decade, the Democrats held their Convention in Chicago, and very nearly undid themselves, as the party had decided on two front runners: California Congressman Joe Steele, and; New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt. But after two days, neither man had the needed two-thirds majority to clinch the nomination.[1] However, when Roosevelt died in a fire at the Executive Mansion in Albany, Steele became the party's presidential nominee. His vice-presidential nominee was John Nance Garner.[2]

The Republican ConventionEdit

Despite Herbert Hoover's lack of popularity and charisma, the Republicans chose to keep him as their nominee.

The ElectionEdit

Hoover's lack of charisma hurt him, particularly when compared with the relentless campaign machine Steele brought to bear. Steele's down-to-earth facade and his promise of the Four Year Plan appealed to the working class, and Steele defeated Hoover in a landslide, carrying states Democrats hadn't won in generations. Steele's coattails won a solid majority for the Democrats in Congress.[3]

Literary CommentEdit

The election plays out in both the Joe Steele novel and the short story with no appreciable differences.

Hoover's vice presidential candidate is not named, but as the POD does not seem to have affected the Republicans by this point in the timeline, it was presumably Charles Curtis as in OTL.

OTL ElectionEdit

In OTL, of course, there was no Joe Steele; rather, in 1932, Joseph Stalin was already coming up on a decade as iron-fisted ruler of the Soviet Union. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the Democratic nominee, and his running mate was John Nance Garner. Roosevelt and Garner did indeed defeat Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis in a landslide victory.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Joe Steele, pg. 12-15.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 18-21.
  3. Ibid., pg. 38.

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