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Republican Ticket
Presidential candidate: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, U.S. Army General
VP candidate: RICHARD NIXON, California Senator
Popular votes: 33,777,945 (54.9%)
Electoral votes: 442
Democratic Ticket
Presidential candidate: Adlai E. Stevenson II, Illinois Governor
VP candidate: John Sparkman, Alabama Senator
Popular votes: 27,314,992 (44.4%)
Electoral votes: 89
1952 US Electoral Map: How each state voted. Wisconsin's Choice: Eisenhower.

Election Facts

  • This election was a reaction to the problems that beset Truman's second term.
  • The nation was weary of the stalemated Korean War.
  • White House conflict-of-interest scandals and alleged Communist infiltrations in government prompted the Republicans to vow to clean up Washington.
  • War hero Eisenhower proved a popular candidate.
  • Nixon's folksy "Checkers" speech countered a Democratic charge of impropriety.
  • The vote underscored a desire for new leadership.
Dane County Democratic Club hostesses of a luncheon for Adlai Stevenson, October 1, 1952. Photo by Arthur M. Vinje.
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Adlai Stevenson campaigns in Madison, 1952. Photo by John Newhouse.
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Adlai Stevenson (left) shakes hands at a campaign banquet, 1952. Photo by John Newhouse.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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Dwight Eisenhower campaigns in Owatonna, MN, 1952. "United Press" photo.
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Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy congratulates Dwight Eisenhower after his nomination at the Republican National Convention, July 12, 1952.
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Madison supporters for Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952. Photo by John Newhouse.
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