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The 1928 United States elections was held on November 6. In the last election before the start of the Great Depression, the Republican Party retained control of the presidency and bolstered their majority in both chambers of Congress.

1928 United States elections
Presidential election year
Election dayNovember 6
Incumbent presidentCalvin Coolidge (Republican)
Next Congress71st
Presidential election
Partisan controlRepublican Hold
Popular vote marginRepublican +17.4%
Electoral vote
Herbert Hoover (R)444
Al Smith (D)87
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1928 presidential election results. Red denotes states won by Hoover, blue denotes states won by Smith. Numbers indicate the electoral votes won by each candidate.
Senate elections
Overall controlRepublican Hold
Seats contested35 of 96 seats
(32 Class 1 seats + 5 special elections)[1]
Net seat changeRepublican +8[2]
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1928 Senate results

  Democratic gain   Democratic hold
  Republican gain   Republican hold
  Farmer-Labor hold

House elections
Overall controlRepublican Hold
Seats contestedAll 435 voting members
Net seat changeRepublican +32
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1928 House of Representatives results
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested35
Net seat changeRepublican +3
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1928 gubernatorial election results

  Democratic gain   Democratic hold
  Republican gain   Republican hold

Republican former Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover defeated Democratic nominee New York Governor Al Smith.[3][4] Hoover won a landslide victory, taking several Southern states and winning almost every state outside the South. Democrats suffered from voter prejudice against Roman Catholics like Smith. As incumbent President Calvin Coolidge declined to seek re-election, Hoover won the Republican nomination on the first ballot. Like Hoover, Smith also won his party's nomination on the first ballot.

The Republicans gained thirty-two seats in the House of Representatives, furthering a majority over the Democrats. The Republicans also increased a majority in the Senate, gaining eight seats.[4]

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  1. ^ 2 Class 1 seats held both a regularly-scheduled election and a special election in 1928. These two seats are not double-counted for the total number of seats contested.
  2. ^ Republicans picked up six seats in the regularly-scheduled elections and an additional two seats in the special elections.
  3. ^ "1928 Presidential Election". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Statistics of the Congressional and Presidential Election of November 6, 1928" (PDF). U.S. House of Reps, Office of the Clerk. Retrieved 29 December 2011.