Despite the odds stacked against him Blackford stumped across the country. The most notable event during the fall campaign was the Japanese bombing of Los Angeles as part of the Pacific War. The event was more humiliating as Blackford was actually campaigning in Los Angeles.
However, Coolidge never actually took office; he died of a heart attack on January 5, less than a month before he could take office as president. That meant that Hoover was inaugurated president on February 1, 1933 (the Constitution having been amended a few years before to move the date up from March 4).