1952 Elections Eisenhower VS stevenson

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was actively courted by both the Republican and Democratic parties. However, Eisenhower, was a Republican at heart. He agreed to run as the Republican nominee for the "good of the nation." Senator Robert Taft, of Ohio, opposed Eisenhower for the nomination. Taft represented the old “isolationist wing” of the Republican Party. Taft won more of the primaries than Eisenhower. Yet, General Eisenhower was nominated on the first ballot at the 1952 Republican convention in Chicago. It was initially believed that President Truman would run for reelection. Though after he was defeated in the New Hampshire Primary, Truman withdrew his candidacy. He chose to support Governor Adlai Stevenson, of Illinois, for the Democratic nomination. At the Democratic convention in Chicago Stevenson was elected on the third ballot.

Eisenhower took the high road in the campaign. He left the job of leveling attacks to his Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon. The Republicans accused the Democrats of "K1C2"– Korea, Communism and Corruption.

Nixon, himself, was almost dropped from the campaign. The pressure began after he was accused of maintaining an $18,000 slush fund. Nixon went on national TV, in a speech later known as “The Checkers speech". The speech was named after Nixon’s dog, Checkers, whom he referred to in his speech. Most of the responses to this speech were very favorable to Nixon. This enabled Nixon to keep his position on the Republican ticket.

Toward the end of the campaign, Eisenhower promised to go to Korea and end the impasse of the war. The country voted overwhelmingly for Eisenhower

Particpation of Eligible Voters 63.3%

Democratic Convention
Republican Convention

 

State results in 1948

Electoral Results in 1952

Alabama Dwight Eisenhower 149,231 35.0 Adlai Stevenson 275,075 64.6
Arizona Dwight Eisenhower 152,042 58.3 Adlai Stevenson 108,528 41.7
Arkansas Dwight Eisenhower 177,155 43.8 Adlai Stevenson 226,300 55.9
California Dwight Eisenhower 2,897,310 56.3 Adlai Stevenson 2,197,548 42.7
Colorado Dwight Eisenhower 379,782 60.3 Adlai Stevenson 245,504 39.0
Connecticut Dwight Eisenhower 611,012 55.7 Adlai Stevenson 481,649 43.9
Delaware Dwight Eisenhower 90,059 51.8 Adlai Stevenson 83,315 47.9
Florida Dwight Eisenhower 544,036 55.0 Adlai Stevenson 444,950 45.0
Georgia Dwight Eisenhower 198,961 30.3 Adlai Stevenson 456,823 69.7
Idaho Dwight Eisenhower 180,707 65.4 Adlai Stevenson 95,081 34.4
Illinois Dwight Eisenhower 2,457,327 54.8 Adlai Stevenson 2,013,920 44.9
Indiana Dwight Eisenhower 1,136,259 58.1 Adlai Stevenson 801,530 41.0
Iowa Dwight Eisenhower 808,906 63.8 Adlai Stevenson 451,513 35.6
Kansas Dwight Eisenhower 616,302 68.8 Adlai Stevenson 273,296 30.5
Kentucky Dwight Eisenhower 495,029 49.8 Adlai Stevenson 495,729 49.9
Louisiana Dwight Eisenhower 306,925 47.1 Adlai Stevenson 345,027 52.9
Maine Dwight Eisenhower 232,353 66.0 Adlai Stevenson 118,806 33.8
Maryland Dwight Eisenhower 499,424 55.4 Adlai Stevenson 395,337 43.8
Massachusetts Dwight Eisenhower 1,292,325 54.2 Adlai Stevenson 1,083,525 45.5
Michigan Dwight Eisenhower 1,551,529 55.4 Adlai Stevenson 1,230,657 44.0
Minnesota Dwight Eisenhower 763,211 55.3 Adlai Stevenson 608,458 44.1
Mississippi Dwight Eisenhower 112,966 39.6 Adlai Stevenson 172,566 60.4
Missouri Dwight Eisenhower 959,429 50.7 Adlai Stevenson 929,830 49.1
Montana Dwight Eisenhower 157,394 59.4 Adlai Stevenson 106,213 40.1
Nebraska Dwight Eisenhower 421,603 69.2 Adlai Stevenson 188,057 30.8
Nevada Dwight Eisenhower 50,502 61.4 Adlai Stevenson 31,688 38.6
New Hampshire Dwight Eisenhower 166,287 60.9 Adlai Stevenson 106,663 39.1
New Jersey Dwight Eisenhower 1,373,613 56.8 Adlai Stevenson 1,015,902 42.0
New Mexico Dwight Eisenhower 132,170 55.4 Adlai Stevenson 105,661 44.3
New York Dwight Eisenhower 3,952,813 55.5 Adlai Stevenson 3,104,601 43.6
North Carolina Dwight Eisenhower 558,107 46.1 Adlai Stevenson 652,803 53.9
North Dakota Dwight Eisenhower 191,712 71.0 Adlai Stevenson 76,694 28.4
Ohio Dwight Eisenhower 2,100,391 56.8 Adlai Stevenson 1,600,367 43.2
Oklahoma Dwight Eisenhower 518,045 54.6 Adlai Stevenson 430,939 45.4
Oregon Dwight Eisenhower 420,815 60.5 Adlai Stevenson 270,579 38.9
Pennsylvania Dwight Eisenhower 2,415,789 52.7 Adlai Stevenson 2,146,269 46.9
Rhode Island Dwight Eisenhower 210,935 50.9 Adlai Stevenson 203,293 49.0
South Carolina Dwight Eisenhower 168,082 49.3 Adlai Stevenson 173,004 50.7
South Dakota Dwight Eisenhower 203,857 69.3 Adlai Stevenson 90,426 30.7
Tennessee Dwight Eisenhower 446,147 50.0 Adlai Stevenson 443,710 49.7
Texas Dwight Eisenhower 1,102,878 53.1 Adlai Stevenson 969,228 46.7
Utah Dwight Eisenhower 194,190 58.9 Adlai Stevenson 135,364 41.1
Vermont Dwight Eisenhower 109,717 71.5 Adlai Stevenson 43,355 28.2
Virginia Dwight Eisenhower 349,037 56.3 Adlai Stevenson 268,677 43.4
Washington Dwight Eisenhower 599,107 54.3 Adlai Stevenson 492,845 44.7
West Virginia Dwight Eisenhower 419,970 48.1 Adlai Stevenson 453,578 51.9
Wisconsin Dwight Eisenhower 979,744 61.0 Adlai Stevenson 622,175 38.7
Wyoming Dwight Eisenhower 81,049 62.7 Adlai Stevenson 47,934 37.1