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Warren G. Harding

Presidency

Whom did he defeat to win the presidential election of 1920?

Harding defeated Democrat James M. Cox. Ironically Cox—like Harding—was from Ohio and worked in the newspaper business. Cox also had served in the U.S. House of Representatives and as governor of Ohio. However, Harding was able to capitalize on growing discontent with the Democratic administration of Woodrow Wilson. Harding captured the election in a landslide, 404 to 127 on electoral votes. Harding also won more than 60 percent of the popular vote.



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