The 1920 presidential election was pretty much a contest between two people no one wanted. The Democrat, James Cox, was a progressive but totally colorless compromise who wasn’t nominated until the 44th ballot. The Republicans gave up after ten ballots and picked Warren Harding, handsome, genial, and totally corrupt.
Both of them were former newspaper executives from Ohio. Harding mostly ran against Woodrow Wilson and the League of Nations. Cox personally campaigned in 36 states and was rewarded with just 34% of the popular vote.
Cox turned out to be a much better publisher than politician, and built a successful newspaper chain which still exists. Harding had the good fortune to die just as all the scandals were coming to light. Both of them were soon eclipsed by their running mates - Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt.