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OfficePresident
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1948 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 02, 1948 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close November 02, 1948 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start January 20, 1949 - 12:00pm
Term End January 20, 1953 - 12:00pm
Turnout 36.92% Total Population
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifiedChronicler November 09, 2008 03:59pm
Data SourcesCongressional Quarterly Guide to U S Elections, third edition
Description
President Roosevelt died on 4/12/1945, just as the war in Europe was coming to a close. VP Truman became President. His first challenge as President was making the arrangements for the first conference on organizing the United Nations. Although he asked FDR’s cabinet to stay, several of them chose to leave government service. The Democrats in Congress were displeased with Truman’s appointments and criticized him for cronyism. He was also criticized for approving the dropping of the atomic bomb over Japan as a means of avoiding a land invasion. The tactic was successful in convincing Japan that further fighting was useless.

Once the war was over, Truman was slow in returning the nation to a peace time economy. The voters responded negatively in the midterm elections by handing control of both houses of Congress to the Republicans (the Senate stood 51–45 and the House 246–188). The Republican campaign slogan “Had Enough?” was bolstered by their interest in removing the four C’s: controls, confusion, corruption, and Communism.

President Truman recognized that the nation was headed in a more conservative direction. When he began to make strong stands against Stalin and Communist aggression in Europe, many of the liberals in the administration left; this event was partially responsible for Truman’s drift to the political center. He worked with his new Secretary of State, George Marshall, to draft a proposal to help rebuild Europe. The plan, named the Marshall

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/07/1944
NameFranklin Delano Roosevelt Votes25,612,610 (53.38%)
Term01/20/1945 - 01/20/1949 Margin3,594,993 (+7.49%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/04/1952
NameDwight David Eisenhower Votes33,936,234 (55.13%)
Term01/20/1953 - 01/20/1957 Margin6,621,242 (+10.76%)
PRIMARY/OTHER SCHEDULE
Jul 01, 1948 US President - D Primaries Harry S. Truman
D 2,196,097
Jul 01, 1948 US President - R Primaries Earl Warren
R 2,857,268
MAP
World Countries Map MAP
MATCHUP POLL GRAPH
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10/26/1948 10/29/1948

CANDIDATES
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Name (I) President Harry S. Truman Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Gov. J. Strom Thurmond Secretary of Commerce Henry A. Wallace Party Leader Norman M. Thomas Claude A. Watson Edward A. Teichert
PartyDemocratic Republican States Rights Progressive Socialist Prohibition Socialist Labor
Campaign Logo
Uncertified Votes24,179,345 (49.55%) 21,991,291 (45.07%) 1,176,125 (2.41%) 1,157,326 (2.37%) 138,973 (0.29%) 103,489 (0.21%) 29,038 (0.06%)
Margin0 (0.00%) -2,188,054 (-4.48%) -23,003,220 (-47.14%) -23,022,019 (-47.18%) -24,040,372 (-49.27%) -24,075,856 (-49.34%) -24,150,307 (-49.49%)
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
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Website [Website]
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MATCHUP POLLS (1 from 1 pollsters)
Adj Poll Avg47.66%-- 46.44%-- 2.00%-- 4.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%--
New!Gallup 
10/26/48-10/29/48
44.50% -- 49.50% -- 2.00% -- 4.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsements
R Hikikomori Blitzkrieg!
R Impy
D Dodge Landesman
F Blue Republican
  Scripps-Howard Newspapers
NPA ...
R PASteve
MORE CANDIDATES
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Name Farrell Dobbs Gov. Fielding L. Wright Others Gerald L. K. Smith John G. Scott John A. Maxwell  
PartySocialist Workers States Rights Independent Christian Nationalist Greenback Vegetarian  
Campaign Logo  
Uncertified Votes13,614 (0.03%) 2,294 (0.01%) 2,279 (0.01%) 42 (0.00%) 6 (0.00%) 4 (0.00%)  
Margin-24,165,731 (-49.53%) -24,177,051 (-49.55%) -24,177,066 (-49.55%) -24,179,303 (-49.55%) -24,179,339 (-49.55%) -24,179,341 (-49.55%)  
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%  
Cash On Hand $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $--  
Website  
Entry Date -- -- -- -- -- --  
MATCHUP POLLS (1 from 1 pollsters)
Adj Poll Avg0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%--  
New!Gallup 
10/26/48-10/29/48
0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
ENDORSEMENTS
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R:9757BrentinCO ( 195.5159 points)
Mon, November 19, 2018 11:52:22 PM UTC0:00
Anyone have an idea on how Fielding Wright received votes fo President while being Strom Thurmonds Vice Presidential candidate? Write-in votes or was he on the ballot in some jurisdiction as the Presidential nominee? I couldn’t find anything.

 
D:1989RBH ( 2556.0742 points)
Tue, November 20, 2018 12:44:22 AM UTC0:00
Maryland write-in votes had 2476 votes for Thurmond and 2294 for Wright. [Link]

One could suggest the Wright votes weren't for President (which is probably true) but the tally doesn't note any difference.

 
R:9757BrentinCO ( 195.5159 points)
Tue, November 20, 2018 01:54:13 AM UTC0:00
RBH: Maryland write-in votes had 2476 votes for Thurmond and 2294 for Wright. [Link]

One could suggest the Wright votes weren't for President (which is probably true) but the tally doesn't note any difference.

Very interesting. Makes sense. Particularly coming from Maryland a border state.