1944 United States presidential election in Vermont Article

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1944

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  ThomasDewey.png FDRin1942.jpg
Nominee Thomas E. Dewey Franklin D. Roosevelt
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York New York
Running mate John W. Bricker Harry S. Truman
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 71,527 53,820
Percentage 57.06% 42.93%

Vermont Election Results by County 1944.svg
County Results
  Roosevelt—50-60%
  Dewey—50-60%
  Dewey—60-70%
  Dewey—70-80%

President before election

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic

Elected President

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic

The 1944 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 7, 1944, as part of the 1944 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all 48 states. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Vermont voted for the Republican nominee, former Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York, over the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York. Dewey’s running mate was Governor John W. Bricker of Ohio, while Roosevelt ran with Senator Harry S. Truman of Missouri.

Dewey took 57.06 percent of the vote, to Roosevelt’s 42.93 percent, a margin of 14.12 percentage points.

Vermont historically was a bastion of liberal Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1944 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party. From 1856 to 1940, Vermont had the longest streak of voting Republican of any state, having never voted Democratic before, and this tradition continued in 1944 with Dewey's decisive win.

Vermont had been one of only two states (along with Maine) to reject Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt in all four of his presidential campaigns, even in the nationwide Democratic landslides of 1932 and 1936.

However 1940 had been Roosevelt’s high point in Vermont. In 1940, Roosevelt had improved on his previous showings in Vermont, coming within 10 points of winning the state, and thus Dewey’s more comfortable win in 1944 represented a shift back toward the GOP. Dewey’s 57.06 percent of the popular vote in Vermont made it his fourth strongest state after Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota [1].

Dewey carried ten of the state’s fourteen counties, breaking sixty percent in six. However, the three northwestern counties of Vermont had been Democratic enclaves in an otherwise Republican state throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and Roosevelt once again won Chittenden County, Franklin County and Grand Isle County for the Democrats. Roosevelt also once again carried rural Essex County in the northeast of the state, as he had first done in 1940.

Results

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1944 [2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Thomas E. Dewey 71,527 57.06% 3
Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt 53,820 42.93% 0
N/A Write-ins 14 0.01% 0
Totals 125,361 100.00% 3

Results by county

Thomas Edmund Dewey
Republican
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast [3]
County # % # % # % # % #
Addison 4,097 66.25% 2,079 33.62% 8 0.13% 2,018 32.63% 6,184
Bennington 5,252 58.61% 3,709 41.39% 1,543 17.22% 8,961
Caledonia 5,086 64.46% 2,804 35.54% 2,282 28.92% 7,890
Chittenden 7,513 41.05% 10,788 58.95% -3,275 -17.90% 18,301
Essex 1,064 48.58% 1,126 51.42% -62 -2.83% 2,190
Franklin 4,374 42.01% 6,036 57.98% 1 0.01% -1,662 -15.96% 10,411
Grand Isle 667 45.44% 801 54.56% -134 -9.13% 1,468
Lamoille 2,212 68.21% 1,031 31.79% 1,181 36.42% 3,243
Orange 4,117 73.77% 1,464 26.23% 2,653 47.54% 5,581
Orleans 3,801 58.86% 2,657 41.14% 1,144 17.71% 6,458
Rutland 9,544 57.30% 7,111 42.70% 2,433 14.61% 16,655
Washington 7,162 55.47% 5,749 44.53% 1,413 10.94% 12,911
Windham 6,708 66.49% 3,376 33.46% 5 0.05% 3,332 33.03% 10,089
Windsor 9,930 66.12% 5,089 33.88% 4,841 32.23% 15,019
Totals 71,527 57.06% 53,820 42.93% 14 0.01% 17,707 14.12% 125,361

References

  1. ^ "1944 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "1944 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  3. ^ Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; p. 465 ISBN  0405077114