The 1940 United States general election was held on November 5. Democratic incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to serve a third term as President of the United States, defeating Republican nominee Wendell Willkie. The presidential election coincided with U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and gubernatorial elections in several states.
The Democrats gained five seats in the House of Representatives, furthering their majority over the Republicans. The Democrats also maintained a majority in the U.S. Senate; however, they lost three seats to the Republicans in that house.