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« on: September 10, 2013, 03:34:21 am »

In 1916, President Wilson was norrowly reelected against Republican Charles Evans Huges. What if Teddy Roosevelt had been the GOP nominee. Could he have beaten Wilson?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2013, 03:49:08 am »
« Edited: September 10, 2013, 03:50:56 am by ○∙◄☻tπ[╪AV┼cV└ »

California was close; it wouldn't have taken much. If Hughes had met Governor Hiram Johnson, he likely would have given Hughes his full support, and he could have won.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2013, 02:03:07 pm »

I assume that Theodore Roosevelt would have won, given that he was a much better candidate that Charles Evans Hughes and given the fact that Woodrow Wilson wasn't that popular in 1916.

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Former President Theodore Roosevelt (R-NY)/Senator Hiram Johnson (R-CA): 347 Electoral Votes
President Woodrow Wilson (D-NJ)/Vice-President Thomas Marshal (D-IN): 184 Electoral Votes

I assume that Roosevelt handles World War 1 the same as Wilson, but Roosevelt will most likely still die in early 1919, thus enabling Vice-President Johnson to take over as President. I think that Johnson would have been defeated in 1920 due to the post World War 1 recession, likely by James Cox, who probably would have picked William Gibbs McAdoo or John Davis as his running-mate instead of Franklin Roosevelt.
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