1948 Election Results truman VS Dewey

As the 1948 elections approached, President Truman was not popular. In April 1944, one poll showed Truman with only 36% of the population approving of his performance as President. He was attacked by the Republicans with slogans, such as "To Err is Truman" and "Had Enough".

When the Democrats met in Philadelphia they reluctantly nominated Truman on the first ballot of the convention, despite his clear lack of popularity. Mayor Herbert Humphrey, of Minneapolis, pushed for a strong civil rights platform for the Democratic party. Humphrey’s civil rights platform was adopted. As a result, many of the Southern delegates chose to leave the convention.

The Republicans renominated Thomas Dewey, the governor of New York, as their nominee. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina ran as a candidate of the Dixiecraft party (a break away party made up of disgruntled Southern Democrats). Henry Wallace ran as a candidate of the Progressives, on a platform that opposed the Marshall Plan, and was more conciliatory to the Soviet Union.

The campaign began with Truman as the underdog. In his acceptance speech Truman stated: "I'm going to fight hard. I'm going to give 'em hell" So he did. He began a coast-to-coast train campaign, in which he covered 22,000 miles and gave ten speeches a day. It became known as the "whistle.

Particpation of Eligible Voters 62.5%

Democratic Convention
Republican Convention

 

State results in 1948

Electoral Results in 1948

Alabama Harry Truman Thomas Dewey 40,930 19.0 J. Strom Thurmond 171,443 79.7 Henry Wallace 1,522 0.7
Arizona Harry Truman 95,251 53.8 Thomas Dewey 77,597 43.8 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 3,310 1.9
Arkansas Harry Truman 149,659 61.7 Thomas Dewey 50,959 21.0 J. Strom Thurmond 40,068 16.5 Henry Wallace 751 0.3
California Harry Truman 1,913,134 47.6 Thomas Dewey 1,895,269 471 J. Strom Thurmond 1,228 Henry Wallace 190,381 4.7
Colorado Harry Truman 267,288 51.9 Thomas Dewey 239,714 46.5 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 6,115 1.2
Connecticut Harry Truman 423,297 47.9 Thomas Dewey 437,754 49.5 J. Strom Thurmond Henry Wallace 13,713 1.6
Delaware Harry Truman 67,813 48.8 Thomas Dewey 69,588 50.0 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 1,050 0.8
Florida Harry Truman 281,988 48.8 Thomas Dewey 194,280 33.6 J. Strom Thurmond 89,755 15.5 Henry Wallace 11,620 2.0
Georgia Harry Truman 254,646 60.8 Thomas Dewey 76,691 1&3 J. Strom Thurmond 85,135 20.3 Henry Wallace 1,636 0.4
Idaho Harry Truman 107,370 50.0 Thomas Dewey 101,514 47.3 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 4,972 2.3
Illinois Harry Truman 1,994,715 50.1 Thomas Dewey 1,961,103 49.2 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace -
Indiana Harry Truman 807,831 48.8 Thomas Dewey 821,079 49.6 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 9,649 0.6
Iowa Harry Truman 522,380 50.3 Thomas Dewey 494,018 47.6 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 12,125 1.2
Kansas Harry Truman 351,902 44.6 Thomas Dewey 423,039 53.6 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 4,603 0.6
Kentucky Harry Truman 466,756 56.7 Thomas Dewey 341,210 41.5 J. Strom Thurmond 10,411 1.3 Henry Wallace 1,567 0.2
Louisiana Harry Truman 136,344 32.7 Thomas Dewey 72,657 17.5 J. Strom Thurmond 204,290 49.1 Henry Wallace 3,035 0.7
Maine Harry Truman 111,916 42.3 Thomas Dewey 150,234 56.7 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 1,884 0.7
Maryland Harry Truman 286,521 48.0 Thomas Dewey 294,814 49.4 J. Strom Thurmond 2,489 0.4 Henry Wallace 9,983 1.7
Massachusetts Harry Truman 1,151,788 54.7 Thomas Dewey 909,370 43.2 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 38,157 1.8
Michigan Harry Truman 1,003,448 47.6 Thomas Dewey 1,038,595 49.2 J. Strom Thurmond Henry Wallace 46,515 2.2
Minnesota Harry Truman 692,966 57.2 Thomas Dewey 483,617 39.9 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 27,866 2.3
Mississippi Harry Truman 19,384 10.1 Thomas Dewey 5,043 2.6 J. Strom Thurmond 167,538 87.2 Henry Wallace 225 0.1
Missouri Harry Truman 917,315 58.1 Thomas Dewey 655,039 41.5 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 3,998 0.3
Montana Harry Truman 119,071 53.1 Thomas Dewey 96,770 43.1 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 7,313 3.3
Nebraska Harry Truman 224,165 45.8 Thomas Dewey 264,774 54.2 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace -
Nevada Harry Truman 31,291 50.4 Thomas Dewey 29,357 47.3 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 1,469 2.4
Now Hampshire Harry Truman 107,995 46.7 Thomas Dewey 121,299 52.4 J. Strom Thurmond 7 Henry Wallace 1,970 0.9
New Jersey Harry Truman 895,455 45.9 Thomas Dewey 981,124 50.3 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 42,683 2.2
Now Mexico Harry Truman 105,464 56.4 Thomas Dewey 80,303 42.9 J. Strom Thurmond Henry Wallace 1,037 0.6
New York Harry Truman 2,780,204 45.0 Thomas Dewey 2,841,163 46.0 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 509,559 8.2
North Carolina Harry Truman 459,070 58.0 Thomas Dewey 258,572 32.7 J. Strom Thurmond 69,652 8.8 Henry Wallace 3,915 0.5
North Dakota Harry Truman 95,812 43.4 Thomas Dewey 115,139 52.2 J. Strom Thurmond 374 0.2 Henry Wallace 8,391 3.8
Ohio Harry Truman 1,452,791 49.5 Thomas Dewey 1,445,684 49.2 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 37,596 1.3
Oklahoma Harry Truman 452,782 62.7 Thomas Dewey 268,817 37.3 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace -
Oregon Harry Truman 243,147 46.4 Thomas Dewey 260,904 49.8 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 14,978 2.9
Pennsylvania Harry Truman 1,752,426 46.9 Thomas Dewey 1,902,197 50.9 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 55,161 1.5
Rhode Island Harry Truman 188,736 57.6 Thomas Dewey 135,787 41.4 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 2,619 0.8
South Carolina Harry Truman 34,423 24.1 Thomas Dewey 5,386 3.8 J. Strom Thurmond 102,607 72.0 Henry Wallace 154 0.1
South Dakota Harry Truman 117,653 47.0 Thomas Dewey 129,651 51.8 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 2,801 1.1
Tennessee Harry Truman 270,402 49.1 Thomas Dewey 202,914 36.9 J. Strom Thurmond 73,815 13.4 Henry Wallace 1,864 0.3
Texas Harry Truman 824,235 66.0 Thomas Dewey 303,467 24.3 J. Strom Thurmond 113,920 9.1 Henry Wallace 3,918 0.3
Utah Harry Truman 149,151 54.0 Thomas Dewey 124,402 45.0 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 2,679 1.0
Vermont Harry Truman 45,557 36.9 Thomas Dewey 75,926 61.5 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 1,279 1.0
Virginia Harry Truman 200,786 47.9 Thomas Dewey 172,070 41.0 J. Strom Thurmond 43,393 10.4 Henry Wallace 2,047 0.5
Washington Harry Truman 476,165 52.6 Thomas Dewey 386,314 42.7 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 31,692 3.5
West Virginia Harry Truman 429,188 57.3 Thomas Dewey 316,251 42.2 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 3,311 0.4
Wisconsin Harry Truman 647,310 50.7 Thomas Dewey 590,959 46.3 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 25,282 2.0
Wyoming Harry Truman 52,354 51.6 Thomas Dewey 47,947 47.3 J. Strom Thurmond - Henry Wallace 931 0.9