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United States presidential election, 1952

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  Dwight David Eisenhower, photo portrait by Bachrach, 1952.jpg AdlaiEStevenson1900-1965.jpg
Nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower Adlai Stevenson
Party Republican Democrat
Home state New York Illinois
Running mate Richard Nixon John Sparkman
Electoral vote 442 89
States carried 39 9
Popular vote 34,075,529 27,375,090
Percentage 55.2% 44.3%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes those won by Eisenhower/Nixon, Blue denotes states won by Stevenson/Sparkman. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

Harry S. Truman

Elected President

Dwight D. Eisenhower

This election was between Governor of Illinois Adlai Stevenson and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dwight D. Eisenhower won the election by 442 electoral votes. Adlai Stevenson got only 89 electoral votes.

Incumbent President Harry S. Truman was eligible to run again because the newly passed amendment did not matter who was president at that time. Truman chose not not run so the Democratic Party elected Adlai Stevenson.

Eisenhower was 62 when he won the election. This was the last time an older candidate was elected since James Buchanan was elected in 1856 at 65 until Ronald Reagan surpassed his age at 69 in the 1980 election.

Notable candidate included General Douglas MacArthur as the Constitution.


Democratic Party

Democratic candidates:

Candidates gallery

Barkley was 74 years old and not accepted by labor union leaders because of his age.

Truman's running mate was going to be Senator Estes Kefauver, but he did not choose to run in the election. Truman's presidential disapproval rating was 66% at the end of his presidential term until decades later by Richard Nixon and later surpassed by George W. Bush.

Adlai Stevenson 1952 campaign poster
Adlai Stevenson's poster campaign is saying that Stevenson is comparing Herbert Hoover's party as the danger to Franklin D. Roosevelt's party as the safer
Kefauver won all but three primaries, but failed to win nomination      No primary      W. Averell Harriman      Hubert Humphrey      Estes Kefauver      Richard Russell Jr.

Republican Party

Republican candidates:

Candidates gallery

Results by state

Results by country. Shade of red is for Eisenhower (Republican). Shade of blue is for Stevenson (Democratic)
Candidate (Party) Electoral
Eisenhower (Republican) 442 39 34,075,529 55.2%
Stevenson (Democratic) 89 9 27,375,090 44.3%
Hallinan (Progressive) 0 0 140,746 0.2%
Hamblen (Prohibition) 0 0 73,412 0.1%
Hass (Socialist Labor) 0 0 30,406 0.1%
Hoopes (Socialist) 0 0 20,203 0.0%
MacArthur (Constitution) 0 0 17,205 0.0%
Others 0 0 19,351 0.0%
Total   531 48 61,751,942 100%

Close state races

Election results in these states were less than or ten percentage points. Colors represent the winning party, using the present-day convention in which red indicates Republican and blue indicates Democrat.

  1. Kentucky, 0.07%
  2. Tennessee, 0.27%
  3. South Carolina, 1.44%
  4. Missouri, 1.56%
  5. Rhode Island, 1.84%
  6. West Virginia, 3.85%
  7. Delaware, 3.88%

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