1952 United States presidential election

42nd quadrennial U.S. presidential election

The 1952 United States presidential election happened on November 4, 1952. This election was between Governor of Illinois Adlai Stevenson and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower won the election by 442 electoral votes. Adlai Stevenson got only 89 electoral votes.

1952 United States presidential election

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Nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower Adlai Stevenson
Party Republican Democratic
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

Incumbent President Harry S. Truman was eligible to run again because the newly passed 22nd amendment did not apply to the incumbent president at that time. Truman chose not to run, so the Democratic Party nominated Adlai Stevenson.

Eisenhower was 62 when he won the election. This was the first time an older candidate was elected since James Buchanan was elected in 1856 at 65,[1] something that wouldn't happen again until 69-year old Ronald Reagan won the 1980 election.



Democratic Party


Democratic candidates:


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.[2]

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

Republican Party


Republican candidates:


Results by state

Results by county. 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%


  1. Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 7. ISBN 0-465-04195-7.
  2. Susan Page (April 22, 2008). "Disapproval of Bush breaks record". USA Today. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  3. "The Presidents". uselectionatlas.org. David Leip. Retrieved 2013-03-02.

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