1956 Elections Eisenhower VS stevenson

At the 1956 Democratic convention, in Chicago, the delegates renominated Adlai Stevenson. The only drama at the convention occurred when Stevenson opened up to the convention body to decide on his Vice Presidential running mate. John F. Kennedy opposed the veteran Senator Estes Kefauver for the nomination. Senator Kefauver won.

Stevenson faced almost insurmountable odds, in opposing the very popular incumbent President. Stevenson attempted to contrast his vigor, with Eisenhower's health problems. Stevenson made proposals regarding benefits for senior citizens, health, education, natural resources, and economic policies. He also called for the end of the draft and the creation of a professional army. Stevenson further called for a Test Ban Treaty on Atomic weapons with the Soviet Union. Stevenson's efforts were totally unsuccessful. Eisenhower won a landslide victory.

With the 1956 elections approaching the major question was whether President Eisenhower would run for a second term. He had suffered a heart attack in 1955. In February, he announced his decision to seek a second term. He was immediately nominated for re-election by the Republicans in San Francisco. The only question was whether Nixon would remain on the ticket. Eisenhower decided in favor of keeping Nixon on as his running mate.

Particpation of Eligible Voters 60.6%

Democratic Convention
Republican Convention

 

State results in 1956

Electoral Results in 1956

Alabama Dwight Eisenhower 195,694 39.4 Adlai Stevenson 280,844 56.5
Arizona Dwight Eisenhower 176,990 61.0 Adlai Stevenson 112,880 38.9
Arkansas Dwight Eisenhower 186,287 45.8 Adlai Stevenson 213,277 52.5
California Dwight Eisenhower 3,027,668 55.4 Adlai Stevenson 2,420,135 44.3
Colorado Dwight Eisenhower 394,479 60.0 Adlai Stevenson 257,997 39.3
Connecticut Dwight Eisenhower 711,837 63.7 Adlai Stevenson 405,079 36.3
Delaware Dwight Eisenhower 98,057 55.1 Adlai Stevenson 79,421 44.6
Florida Dwight Eisenhower 643,849 57.2 Adlai Stevenson 480,371 42.7
Georgia Dwight Eisenhower 222,778 33.3 Adlai Stevenson 444,688 66.4
Idaho Dwight Eisenhower 166,979 61.2 Adlai Stevenson 105,868 38.8
Illinois Dwight Eisenhower 2,623,327 59.5 Adlai Stevenson 1,775,682 40.3
Indiana Dwight Eisenhower 1,182,811 59.9 Adlai Stevenson 783,908 39.7
Iowa Dwight Eisenhower 729,187 59. 1 Adlai Stevenson 501,858 40.7
Kansas Dwight Eisenhower 566,878 65.4 Adlai Stevenson 296,317 34.2
Kentucky Dwight Eisenhower 572,192 54.3 Adlai Stevenson 476,453 45.2
Louisiana Dwight Eisenhower 329,047 53.3 Adlai Stevenson 243,977 39.5
Maine Dwight Eisenhower 249,238 70.9 Adlai Stevenson 102,468 29.1
Maryland Dwight Eisenhower 559,738 60.0 Adlai Stevenson 372,613 39.9
Massachusetts Dwight Eisenhower 1,393,197 59.3 Adlai Stevenson 948,190 40.4
Michigan Dwight Eisenhower 1,713,647 55.6 Adlai Stevenson 1,359,898 44.1
Minnesota Dwight Eisenhower 719,302 53.7 Adlai Stevenson 617,525 46.1
Mississippi Dwight Eisenhower 60,685 24.5 Adlai Stevenson 144,453 58.2
Missouri Dwight Eisenhower 914,289 49.9 Adlai Stevenson 918,273 50.1
Montana Dwight Eisenhower 154,933 57.1 Adlai Stevenson 116,238 42.9
Nebraska Dwight Eisenhower 378,108 65.5 Adlai Stevenson 199,029 34.5
Nevada Dwight Eisenhower 56,049 58.0 Adlai Stevenson 40,640 42.0
New Hampshire Dwight Eisenhower 176,519 66.1 Adlai Stevenson 90,364 33.8
New Jersey Dwight Eisenhower 1,606,942 64.7 Adlai Stevenson 850,337 34.2
Now Mexico Dwight Eisenhower 146,788 57.8 Adlai Stevenson 106,098 41.8
New York Dwight Eisenhower 4,345,506 61.2 Adlai Stevenson 2,747,944 38.7
North Carolina Dwight Eisenhower 575,062 49.3 Adlai Stevenson 590,530 50.7
North Dakota Dwight Eisenhower 156,766 61.7 Adlai Stevenson 96,742 38.1
Ohio Dwight Eisenhower 2,262,610 61.1 Adlai Stevenson 1,439,655 38.9
Oklahoma Dwight Eisenhower 473,769 55.1 Adlai Stevenson 385,581 44.9
Oregon Dwight Eisenhower 406,393 55.2 Adlai Stevenson 329,204 44.7
Pennsylvania Dwight Eisenhower 2,585,252 56.5 Adlai Stevenson 1,981,769 43.3
Rhode Island Dwight Eisenhower 225,819 58.3 Adlai Stevenson 161,790 41.7
South Carolina Dwight Eisenhower 75,700 25.2 Adlai Stevenson 136,372 45.4
South Dakota Dwight Eisenhower 171,569 58.4 Adlai Stevenson 122,288 41.6
Tennessee Dwight Eisenhower 462,288 49.2 Adlai Stevenson 456,507 48.6
Texas Dwight Eisenhower 1,080,619 55.3 Adlai Stevenson 859,958 44.0
Utah Dwight Eisenhower 215,631 64.6 Adlai Stevenson 118,364 35.4
Vermont Dwight Eisenhower 110,390 72.2 Adlai Stevenson 42,549 27.8
Virginia Dwight Eisenhower 386,459 55.4 Adlai Stevenson 267,760 38.4
Washington Dwight Eisenhower 620,430 53.9 Adlai Stevenson 523,002 45.4
West Virginia Dwight Eisenhower 449,297 54.1 Adlai Stevenson 381,534 45.9
Wisconsin Dwight Eisenhower 954,844 61.6 Adlai Stevenson 586,768 37.8
Wyoming Dwight Eisenhower 74,573 60.1 Adlai Stevenson 49,554 39.9