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United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1952

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Turnout75.0% [1] Increase 3.5 pp
  Dwight David Eisenhower, photo portrait by Bachrach, 1952.jpg AdlaiEStevenson1900-1965.jpg
Nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower Adlai Stevenson
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York [2] Illinois
Running mate Richard Nixon John Sparkman
Electoral vote 16 0
Popular vote 1,292,325 1,083,525
Percentage 54.2% 45.5%

Massachusetts Election Results by County, 1952.svg
County Results
  Stevenson – 50–60%
  Eisenhower – 50–60%
  Eisenhower – 60–70%
  Eisenhower – 70–80%
  Eisenhower – 80–90%

President before election

Harry S. Truman
Democratic

Elected President

Dwight Eisenhower
Republican

The 1952 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 4, 1952, as part of the 1952 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose sixteen representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts voted for the Republican nominee, General Dwight D. Eisenhower of New York, over the Democratic nominee, former Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. Eisenhower ran with the Senator Richard Nixon of California, while Stevenson's running mate was Senator John Sparkman of Alabama.

Eisenhower carried the state with 54.22 percent of the vote to Stevenson’s 45.46 percent, a Republican victory margin of 8.76 percent.

As Eisenhower won a comfortable victory nationwide, Massachusetts still weighed in for this election as about two percent more Democratic than the national average.

Once a typical Yankee Republican bastion in the wake of the Civil War, Massachusetts, had been a Democratic-leaning state since 1928, when a coalition of Irish Catholic and other ethnic immigrant voters primarily based in urban areas turned Massachusetts and neighboring Rhode Island into New England's only reliably Democratic states. Massachusetts voted for Al Smith in 1928, for Franklin D. Roosevelt four times in the 1930s and 1940s, and for Harry S. Truman in 1948. However General Dwight Eisenhower, a war hero and moderate Republican who pledged to support and continue popular New Deal Democratic policies, was finally able to appeal to a broad enough coalition both to win back the White House and to flip Massachusetts back into the Republican column.

Eisenhower carried thirteen of the state’s fourteen counties, Stevenson’s only victory coming from urban Suffolk County, home to the state’s capital and largest city, Boston.

Results

United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1952 [3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower 1,292,325 54.22% 16
Democratic Adlai Stevenson 1,083,525 45.46% 0
Progressive Vincent Hallinan 4,636 0.19% 0
Socialist Labor Eric Hass 1,957 0.08% 0
Prohibition Stuart Hamblen 886 0.04% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 69 0.00% 0
Totals 2,383,398 100.00% 16

Results by county

County Eisenhower# Eisenhower% Stevenson# Stevenson% Others# Others% Total votes cast [4]
Barnstable 20,943 80.64% 4,984 19.19% 44 0.17% 25,971
Berkshire 38,413 56.13% 29,785 43.52% 243 0.36% 68,441
Bristol 98,105 51.09% 93,444 48.67% 462 0.24% 192,011
Dukes 2,432 76.05% 760 23.76% 6 0.19% 3,198
Essex 156,030 55.64% 123,334 43.98% 1,045 0.37% 280,409
Franklin 19,489 68.94% 8,729 30.88% 50 0.18% 28,268
Hampden 98,641 51.86% 90,936 47.81% 616 0.32% 190,193
Hampshire 24,141 58.19% 17,247 41.57% 98 0.24% 41,486
Middlesex 316,069 56.99% 236,910 42.72% 1,626 0.29% 554,605
Nantucket 1,490 78.55% 405 21.35% 2 0.11% 1,897
Norfolk 140,409 65.20% 74,321 34.51% 631 0.29% 215,361
Plymouth 67,922 67.22% 32,815 32.48% 305 0.30% 101,042
Suffolk 162,147 40.05% 240,957 59.51% 1,775 0.44% 404,879
Worcester 146,094 53.00% 128,898 46.76% 645 0.23% 275,637
Totals 1,292,325 54.22% 1,083,525 45.46% 7,548 0.32% 2,383,398

References

  1. ^ Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, part 2, p. 1072.
  2. ^ "U.S. presidential election, 1952". Facts on File. Retrieved October 24, 2013. Eisenhower, born in Texas, considered a resident of New York, and headquartered at the time in Paris, finally decided to run for the Republican nomination
  3. ^ "1952 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  4. ^ Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; p. 215 ISBN  0405077114