Roosevelt defeated the incumbent 15

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Unformatted text preview: Roosevelt defeated the incumbent 15,708 to 14,658, running ahead of him in the rural areas where he had campaigned so enthusiastically. FDR had won, but his win was a part of a Democratic landslide all over the state. Even Dick Connell, who had campaigned unsuccessfully for many years, won the seat that he had pursued for so long. Roosevelt's first victory was as much a reflection of his good luck as his hard work: the Republican Party, having split into two because of Teddy Roosevelt's clash with Taft's policies in office, did not put up a good fight in New York. This brand of sheer luck was to follow FDR throughout his political career, helping him to always be in the right place at the right time. In office, FDR was immediately singled out from the other new politicians because of the power of the Roosevelt name and wealth. He bought a house within walking distance of power of the Roosevelt name and wealth....
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