1852 Election Results Pierce VS scott

The Whigs nominated Winfield Scott a military hero from the Mexican American War. The Whigs were hopelessly divided in the campaign. While the Southern Whigs enthusiastically supported their candidate, the Northern Whigs were reluctant supporters. The Democrats, in contrast, were united; with many of those who had deserted the party in 1848 having returned. The returnees included former President Van Buren, who supported Pierce.

This campaign was very personal, with both candidates accusing the other of being a drunk. Scott was accused of being pompous and too in love with his rank. Pierce was accused of collapsing and being a coward during the Mexican American War, where he served as a General; a citizen soldier. Pierce who had been both a Congressman and Senator from New Hampshire was also a recovering alcoholic.

In the end, the voters chose the dark horse, Pierce, over the well known general, whom they did not seem to like. This effectively brought an end to the Whig party. Pierce, who was 48 years old at the time, became the youngest man to be elected President of the United States.

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State results in 1852

Popular Results in 1852

Alabama Franklin Pierce 26,881 60.9 Winfield Scott 15,061 34.1 John Hale
Arkansas Franklin Pierce 12,173 62.2 Winfield Scott 7,404 37.8 John Hale
California Franklin Pierce 40,721 53.0 Winfield Scott 35,972 46.8 John Hale 61 0.1
Connecticut Franklin Pierce 33,249 49.8 Winfield Scott 30,359 45.5 John Hale 3,161 4.7
Delaware Franklin Pierce 6,318 49.9 Winfield Scott 6,293 49.7 John Hale 62 0.5
Florida Franklin Pierce 4,318 60.0 Winfield Scott 2,875 40.0 John Hale -
Georgia 2 Franklin Pierce 40,516 64.7 Winfield Scott 16,660 26.6 John Hale -
Illinois Franklin Pierce 80,378 51.9 Winfield Scott 64,733 41.8 John Hale 9,863 6.4
Indiana Franklin Pierce 95,340 52.0 Winfield Scott 80,907 44.2 John Hale 6,929 3.8
Iowa Franklin Pierce 17,763 50.2 Winfield Scott 15,856 44.8 John Hale 1,606 4.5
Kentucky Franklin Pierce 53,949 48.3 Winfield Scott 57,428 51.4 John Hale 266 0.2
Louisiana Franklin Pierce 18,647 51.9 Winfield Scott 17,255 48.1 John Hale -
Maine Franklin Pierce 41,609 50.6 Winfield Scott 32,543 39.6 John Hale 8,030 9.8
Maryland Franklin Pierce 40,022 53.3 Winfield Scott 35,077 46.7 John Hale 21
Massachusetts Franklin Pierce 44,569 35.1 Winfield Scott 52,683 41.4 John Hale 28,023 22.0
Michigan Franklin Pierce 41,842 50.4 Winfield Scott 33,860 40.8 John Hale 7,237 8.7
Mississippi Franklin Pierce 26,896 60.5 Winfield Scott 17,558 39.5 John Hale -
Missouri Franklin Pierce 38,817 56.4 Winfield Scott 29,984 43.6 John Hale -
New Hampshire Franklin Pierce 28,503 56.4 Winfield Scott 15,486 30.6 John Hale 6,546 13.0
Now Jersey Franklin Pierce 44,301 52.8 Winfield Scott 38,551 45.9 John Hale 336 0.4
New York Franklin Pierce 262,083 50.2 Winfield Scott 234,882 45.0 John Hale 25,329 4.8
North Carolina Franklin Pierce 39,788 50.4 Winfield Scott 39,043 49.5 John Hale -
Ohio Franklin Pierce 169,193 47.9 Winfield Scott 152,577 43.2 John Hale 31,133 8.8
Pennsylvania Franklin Pierce 198,568 51.2 Winfield Scott 179,182 46.2 John Hale 8,500 2.2
Rhode Island Franklin Pierce 8,735 51.4 Winfield Scott 7,626 44.8 John Hale 644 3.8
Tennessee Franklin Pierce 56,900 49.3 Winfield Scott 58,586 50.7 John Hale -
Texas Franklin Pierce 14,857 73.5 Winfield Scott 5,356 26.5 John Hale -
Vermont Franklin Pierce 13,044 29.8 Winfield Scott 22,173 50.6 John Hale 8,621 19.7
Virginia Franklin Pierce 73,872 55.7 Winfield Scott 58,732 44.3 John Hale -
Wisconsin Franklin Pierce 33,658 52.0 Winfield Scott 22,240 34.4 John Hale 8,842 13.7