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United States elections, 1944

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United States elections, 1944

The 1944 United States general election was held on November 7, 1944 as the country was preoccupied with fighting World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected to an unprecedented fourth term, while the Democrats retained their majorities in both chambers of Congress.


Seeking a record fourth term, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt was challenged by Republican Thomas E. Dewey. Dewey ran an energetic campaign, seeking a smaller government and as less-regulated economy as the end of World War II seemed in sight. But Roosevelt remained popular enough to score a comfortable victory over Dewey.

United States Senate

Although the Democrats suffered a net loss of one seat to the Republicans, they still kept a large majority in the Senate.

United States House of Representatives

The Democrats picked up a net gain of 20 seats in the House, increasing their majority, 242–191 (not included two seats held by minor parties).

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