1944 Election Results Dewey VS Roosevelt

Roosevelt began his campaign in October. The most memorable moment of the campaign came when the Republicans attacked Roosevelt for using a Navy destroyer to retrieve his dog, who was left behind in the Aleutian Islands. Roosevelt responded by saying: "These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don't resent attacks and my family doesn't resent attacks, but Fala does resent them." His speech galvanized Roosevelt supporters. Roosevelt campaigned vigorously to show he was still up to the job. The 1944 election was the closest one for Roosevelt. However, once again, he won.

In the midst of the war, there was no question that Roosevelt would be renominated. Though Vice President Wallace had become quite unpopular in the Democratic party. As a result, President Roosevelt was forced to replace Henry Wallace with Senator Harry Truman as his 1944 vice presidential running mate.

The Republicans nominated Thomas Dewey at the their convention in Chicago. For the first time the Republican platform totally abandoned its traditional opposition to involvement in foreign treaties. It supported the United States’ participation in post war organizations.

With a war going on, Dewey did not attack the Roosevelt’s policies. On the other hand, he indirectly questioned President Roosevelt’s abilities to continue, by continually referring to FDR as the "tired old man."

Particpation of Eligible Voters56%

Democratic Convention
Republican Convention

 

State results in 1944

Electoral Results in 1944

Alabama Franklin Roosevelt 198,918 81.3 Thomas Dewey 44,540 18.2
Arizona Franklin Roosevelt 80,926 58.8 Thomas Dewey 56,287 40.9
Arkansas Franklin Roosevelt 148,965 70.0 Thomas Dewey 63,551 29.8
California Franklin Roosevelt 1,988,564 56.5 Thomas Dewey 1,512,965 43.0
Colorado Franklin Roosevelt 234,331 46.4 Thomas Dewey 268,731 53.2
Connecticut Franklin Roosevelt 435,146 52.3 Thomas Dewey 390,527 46.9
Delaware Franklin Roosevelt 68,166 54.4 Thomas Dewey 56,747 45.3
Florida Franklin Roosevelt 339,377 70.3 Thomas Dewey 143,215 29.7
Georgia Franklin Roosevelt 268,187 81.7 Thomas Dewey 59,900 18.3
Idaho Franklin Roosevelt 107,399 51.6 Thomas Dewey 100,137 48.1
Illinois Franklin Roosevelt 2,079,479 51.5 Thomas Dewey 1,939,314 48.0
Indiana Franklin Roosevelt 781,403 46.7 Thomas Dewey 875,891 52.4
Iowa Franklin Roosevelt 499,876 47.5 Thomas Dewey 547,267 52.0
Kansas Franklin Roosevelt 287,458 39.2 Thomas Dewey 442,096 60.2
Kentucky Franklin Roosevelt 472,589 54.5 Thomas Dewey 392,448 45.2
Louisiana Franklin Roosevelt 281,564 80.6 Thomas Dewey 67,750 19.4
Maine Franklin Roosevelt 140,631 47.4 Thomas Dewey 155,434 52.4
Maryland Franklin Roosevelt 315,490 51.9 Thomas Dewey 292,949 48.1
Massachusetts Franklin Roosevelt 1,035,296 52.8 Thomas Dewey 921,350 47.0
Michigan Franklin Roosevelt 1,106,899 50.2 Thomas Dewey 1,084,423 49.2
Minnesota Franklin Roosevelt 589,864 52.4 Thomas Dewey 527,416 46.9
Mississippi Franklin Roosevelt 168,621 93.6 Thomas Dewey 11,613 6.4
Missouri Franklin Roosevelt 807,356 51.4 Thomas Dewey 761,175 48.4
Montana Franklin Roosevelt 112,556 54.3 Thomas Dewey 93,163 44.9
Nebraska Franklin Roosevelt 233,246 41.4 Thomas Dewey 329,880 58.6
Nevada Franklin Roosevelt 29,623 54.6 Thomas Dewey 24,611 45.4
New Hampshire Franklin Roosevelt 119,663 52.1 Thomas Dewey 109,916 47.9
New Jersey Franklin Roosevelt 987,874 50.3 Thomas Dewey 961,335 49.0
New Mexico Franklin Roosevelt 81,389 53.5 Thomas Dewey 70,688 46.4
New York Franklin Roosevelt 3,304,238 52.3 Thomas Dewey 2,987,647 47.3
North Carolina Franklin Roosevelt 527,399 66.7 Thomas Dewey 263,155 33.3
North Dakota Franklin Roosevelt 100,144 45.5 Thomas Dewey 118,535 53.8
Ohio Franklin Roosevelt 1,570,763 49.8 Thomas Dewey 1,582,293 50.2
Oklahoma Franklin Roosevelt 401,549 55.6 Thomas Dewey 319,424 44.2
Oregon Franklin Roosevelt 248,635 51.8 Thomas Dewey 225,365 46.9
Pennsylvania Franklin Roosevelt 1,940,479 51.1 Thomas Dewey 1,835,054 48.4
Rhode Island Franklin Roosevelt 175,356 58.6 Thomas Dewey 123,487 41.3
South Carolina Franklin Roosevelt 90,601 87.6 Thomas Dewey 4,617 4.5
South Dakota Franklin Roosevelt 96,711 41.7 Thomas Dewey 135,365 58.3
Tennessee Franklin Roosevelt 308,707 60.4 Thomas Dewey 200,311 39.2
Texas Franklin Roosevelt 821,605 71.4 Thomas Dewey 191,423 16.6
Utah Franklin Roosevelt 150,088 60.4 Thomas Dewey 97,891 39.4
Vermont Franklin Roosevelt 53,820 42.9 Thomas Dewey 71,527 57.1
Virginia Franklin Roosevelt 242,276 62.4 Thomas Dewey 145,243 37.4
Washington Franklin Roosevelt 486,774 56.8 Thomas Dewey 361,689 42.2
West Virginia Franklin Roosevelt 392,777 54.9 Thomas Dewey 322,819 45.1
Wisconsin Franklin Roosevelt 650,413 48.6 Thomas Dewey 674,532 50.4
Wyoming Franklin Roosevelt 49,419 48.8 Thomas Dewey 51,921 51.2