This post is part of an after-action report of Unconditional Surrender! (Salvatore Vasta, GMT Games) and therefore entirely fictitious.
Front page of the New York Times
November 6, 1940
ROOSEVELT DEFEATS DEWEY, WINS THIRD TERM
Incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt will remain in the White House for another four years. He is sure to have carried at least 311 electoral votes in yesterday’s presidential election. While his challenger Thomas E. Dewey has won more states (likely 29), President Roosevelt’s strength in the populous mid-Atlantic and southern states had him come out on top. Mr. Roosevelt will be the first president of the United States to be sworn in for a third term.
Mr. Dewey’s showing is a marked improval for the Republican Party in comparison to Alf Landon’s landslide defeat four years ago. His firm stance for non-intervention in the European conflict won the support of many voters in the western and midwestern states. While Mr. Roosevelt’s coalition of the traditional Democratic strongholds in the South and the northern working class proved too formidable to overcome, the outcome of the election eventually hinged on the nation’s most populous state: New York was in serious contention over the entire campaign and its 47 electoral vote would have tipped the election to the challenger. As per the latest count, Mr. Roosevelt was ahead in the Empire State by at least 12,000 votes. Polling suggests that Mr. Dewey was ahead in New York in September and October, but that the fall of France to the German army energized the supporters of intervention.
The Democratic party has lost at least 46 seats in the House, but will remain the majority party. Similarly, the Democrats have lost 10 senators on an arguably unfavorable map for them, but retain their supermajority.
You can see the current state of affairs in the game in the Twitter thread: