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Democratic Ticket
Presidential candidate: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, President
VP candidate: HARRY TRUMAN, Missouri Senator
Popular votes: 25,612,610 (53.4%)
Electoral votes: 432
Republican Ticket
Presidential candidate: Thomas Dewey, New York Governor
VP candidate: John Bricker, Ohio Governor
Popular votes: 22,021,053 (45.9%)
Electoral votes: 99
1944 US Electoral Map: How each state voted. Election Results. Wisconsin's Choice: Dewey.

Election Facts

  • World War II dominated the course of this election.
  • Allied victories gave people hope. Many voters did not want to risk changing leaders until the war was over.
  • War had brought the nation out of the Great Depression. Democrats took credit, urging voters not to steer the country back to Hoover's time.
  • Dewey found it difficult to counter voters' desire to stay the course.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944.
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Thomas Dewey aboard his campaign train in Baraboo, WI, 1944.
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