Talk:United States presidential election, 1936

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Roosevelt vs. Reagan electoral vote tallies[edit]

When comparing Roosevelt and Reagan in electoral vote tallies (523 to 525, respectively) it should be noted that Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states so the total electoral votes available to Roosevelt and Reagan are different (531 to 538, respectively). Placing things on an even playing field, so to speak, and looking at the percentages of the total number of electoral votes won by Roosevelt and Reagan (98.5% to 97.6%, repectively) we note that Roosevelt does come out on top of Reagan.

Electoral picture peculiarity[edit]

Why is the graphic depiction of electoral votes skewed? Rarely nowadays does one see democratic votes colored red and and republican votes blue. --maru (talk) Contribs 20:52, 15 January 2006 (UTC)

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DLJessup (talk) 21:56, 15 January 2006 (UTC)
I don't understand why red-vs.-blue color schemes are considered significant. In 1992, the television networks arbitrarily reversed the color schemes. In 1988 and previous elections, red=Democratic, and blue=Republican. I think for many people over the age of 30 or so, certainly in my case, both color schemes are seen as equally arbitrary and meaningless. KevinOKeeffe (talk) 22:43, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

Clarification under "Other Nominations" ?[edit]

I think this section needs some clean-up. I read it twice, and it appears to say that Long was assassinated in 1935, and then ran for president (presumably from the after life) in 1940. Is that section describing two different politicians with the last name of Long, or are the dates wrong, or did someone else run on Long's platform after his death? (talk) 17:38, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

Most lopsided win?[edit]

I would think that would go to the 1789 and 1792 elections, where George Washington got 100% of the vote. By definition no one can win by a greater margin than that. (talk) 15:20, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

In percentage terms this is the fourth most lop-sided (after 1788-9, 1792 and 1820); in absolute terms, the second (after 1984). It was the most lop-sided for Vice-President in percentage terms ever, though - Adams only just got a majority in his two VP elections, and 1820 had tickets that endorsed Monroe for President but not Tompkins for VP win in Massachusetts and Delaware, so Garner holds a record that Roosevelt doesn't. Richard Gadsden (talk) 19:44, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Text on Maine and Vermont[edit]

I suggest to delete the following text from the lede:

Even as of 2008, Vermont has voted for more Republican presidential nominees than any other state. During the 1850's, Vermont began a voting record unequaled by any other state. From 1856 through 1960, Vermont gave the state's electoral votes to the Republican Party nominee in every presidential election; and the National Union Party in 1864 when Lincoln ran for re-election not on the Republican ticket which did not nominate any official candidates that year. No other state has voted so many times in a row for major candidates of the same political party. Maine also held a similar political record. From 1856 through 1960, Maine voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential election but one. In 1912, the state gave Democrat Woodrow Wilson a plurality of 39.43%.

In my view, this text interrupts the flow of the article. The lede is supposed to be a brief summary of the main points of this article; in contrast, we are treated to 100 years of voting history of two states. Given that the result of this election was 523 to 8, I think every reader will see that this was a landslide. If we must have this text in the article, then certainly not in the lede. KarlFrei (talk) 16:42, 6 December 2009 (UTC)

I agree this information would be better placed elsewhere. It seems to fit naturally in the "Results" section. There's already a paragraph there referring to Maine and Vermont. Immediatlely following this seems to be the perfect place for this recap of the electoral history of those states. LarryJeff (talk) 17:13, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

Landon and Knox Campaign Slogan[edit]

I have found a Landon and Knox campaign button with the slogan "I bought a certificate" and see many images online of such buttons, sometimes with the slogan "I bought a dollar certificate." However, I have been unable to find any explanation of the origins and meaning of this slogan. Perhaps if one of the contributors to this page knows this information it would be worthwhile to add it to the page? Thank you. OldJuan (talk) 19:58, 24 January 2016 (UTC)