United States presidential election, 1952 facts for kids
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.
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.
- Adlai Stevenson II, Governor of Illinois
- Estes Kefauver, U.S. Senator from Tennessee
- Richard Russell, Jr., U.S. Senator from Georgia
- W. Averell Harriman, former Secretary of Commerce from New York
- Alben W. Barkley, Vice President from Kentucky
- Robert S. Kerr, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
- Harry S. Truman, President from Missouri
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.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, former Supreme Allied NATO Commander from New York
- Robert Taft, U.S. Senator from Ohio
- Harold Stassen, former governor of Minnesota
- Earl Warren, governor of California
Results by state
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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.
- Kentucky, 0.07%
- Tennessee, 0.27%
- South Carolina, 1.44%
- Missouri, 1.56%
- Rhode Island, 1.84%
- West Virginia, 3.85%
- Delaware, 3.88%
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