New York Sets A Precedent With Next President

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U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt waves to neighbors ending a torchlight parade on election night at his home in Hyde Park, N.Y. on Nov. 7, 1944

Even if this election takes a turn into Bush-Gore territory, and the Electoral College count differs from the popular vote, the next President of the United States will be a New Yorker.

The last time two New Yorkers competed against one another for the White House was 1944, when the Republican governor of the state, Thomas Dewey, ran against incumbent Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Dewey, much like Donald Trump today, styled his campaign as a solution to a feckless Democratic administration.

“This is a campaign against an administration which was conceived in defeatism, which failed for eight straight years to restore our domestic economy,” said the Republican Party’s 1944 nominee for president.

Dewey would also charge the Roosevelt Administration with the “most wasteful, extravagant and incompetent administration in the history of the nation…which has lost faith in itself in the American people.”

Roosevelt, for his part, campaigned heavily on his war record and vision for post-World War II America.

During a stop in Philadelphia, Roosevelt would even charge that returning soldiers would be “free from one and free from fear” irrespective of their race.

Roosevelt would go on to win re-election.