Bid for the Presidency
In 1928, Herbert Hoover was nominated as the Republican candidate for president on the first ballot, with Charles Curtis as his running mate. He ran against Alfred Smith, the first Roman Catholic to be nominated for president. Smith's religion was an important part of the campaign against him even though Hoover himself did not bring it up. Instead, Hoover ran on the idea of continuing prosperity. Hoover ended up winning with 58 percent of the vote and 444 out of 531 electoral votes.