Post Mortem

Fun-loving Republican statisticians, pencil & paper in hand, conjectured how easily Tom Dewey might have won, with but a few hundred thousand more votes in the right places. They found that a shift of only 303.414 votes would have given Tom Dewey 15 more states,*and a bare electoral majority. The exercise had one validity: it showed how much closer was the popular vote than Franklin Roosevelt's electoral sweep indicated. But Democratic lightning calculators came right back: a shift of only 282,000 votes in the Dewey states, and Franklin Roosevelt would have carried all 48.

With final returns, Franklin Roosevelt's electoral...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!