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1944 United States 1952
United States presidential election, 1948
November 2, 1948
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Nominee Harry S. Truman Thomas E. Dewey Strom Thurmond
Party Democrat Republican Dixiecrat
Home state Missouri New York South Carolina
Running mate Alben W. Barkley Earl Warren Fielding L. Wright
Electoral vote 303 189 39
Contests won 28 16 4
Popular vote 24,179,347 21,991,292 1,175,930
Percentage 49.6% 45.1% 2.4%
United States presidential election, 1948

Presidential election results map. Blue denotes states won by Truman/Barkley; Red denotes those won by Dewey/Warren; Orange denotes those won by Thurmond/Wright (including a faithless elector in Tennessee). Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

Incumbent President
Harry S. Truman

This election was between Harry S. Truman (president at that time) and Thomas E. Dewey (the Governor of New York). Truman won by 303 electoral votes. Dewey got 189 electoral votes. Thurmond got 39 electoral votes including a faithless elector in Tennessee.

This election is best known to be very upset because of the election result. Predictions showed that Truman would beat Dewey at the polls.


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