Talk:1952 United States presidential election

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Electoral picture peculiarity[edit]

Why is the graphic depiction of electoral votes skewed? Rarely nowadays does one see democratic votes colored red and and republican votes blue. --maru (talk) Contribs 20:52, 15 January 2006 (UTC)

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DLJessup (talk) 21:53, 15 January 2006 (UTC)

I didn't think that Eisenhower was from Pennsylvania, I read the article on Eisenhower and there is no real connection to PA., and I was under the general impression that the only U.S. president from PA. was Buchannan. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:29, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

Eisenhower was born in Texas and raised in Kansas, but of course during his Army career he had lived in several different states. After the Second World War he had been the President of Columbia University in New York City, and I assume that New York was listed as his "native" state. However, in the early fifties he also bought a farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, close to the Civil War battlefield, and I imagine that is where the Pennsylvania reference comes from. Honestly, I think it would be hard to list an exact "home state" for Eisenhower, given all of the places he had lived in. During his post-Presidential years he lived at the Gettysburg farm. User: Populism

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BetacommandBot (talk) 02:48, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Factual Errors[edit]

"On election day — November 4, 1952 — Eisenhower won a decisive victory, taking over 55% of the popular vote and winning 39 of the 48 states. He took four Southern states that the Republicans had won only once since Reconstruction: Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas." Republican Presidential candidates carried Tennessee twice since reconstruction, once in 1920 and the second time in 1928.
Thomas Dewey is credited with one vote on the first ballot before shifts. In fact, he did not get any first ballot votes at all. (talk) 14:14, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

These may well be errors, though it would sure help to have a reliable source, which can be cited in the article. —ADavidB 00:15, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Error on Map[edit]

Iowa should have 10 votes not 9 ; MrMingsz (talk) 14:53, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

While Iowa had 10 electoral college votes in 1948, the number varies based on the membership of both Houses of Congress. The number of Representatives is based on state population per the decennial United States Census. Iowa had 9 electoral votes from 1952 until 1972, when it had 8 votes.ADavidB 09:43, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
After additional checking, I concur that Iowa had 10 electoral votes in the 1952 election, matching the total quantity of its two senators and eight congressman (from 1943–1963). —ADavidB 01:28, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
See which shows Iowa with 10 votes; also the 1956 and 1960 elections on Wikipedia, and the fact that if you add the numbers up (which I did) they are one short of Eisenhower's 442 total. @mdash;Mathmannix 20:27, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

County Map[edit]

Could someone please put a 1952 presidential election county map, showing how many counties Eisenhower and Stevenson carried. It will give us more information on which candidate carried New York City, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, etc. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:29, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Why is it important who won these particular cities? The list you previously had in the article had nothing to do with the most populous cities in the country at the time (the Texas cities were much smaller in the 1950's). Also a county map will not tell you who won a city, only who won the county (not all cities are also counties). For instance Cook County, Illinois where Chicago is (currently) has 130 municipalities. With this in mind the additional information your hoping to gain from an presidential election county map cannot be gained Highground79 (talk) 06:21, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

Eisenhower pic[edit]

I've chosen a 1952 picture of Eisenhower for this article. Please discuss changes here--Work permit (talk) 02:04, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

Campaign Issues[edit]

The article would, IMHO, be improved by more coverage of campaign issues. Did it all revolve around McCarthy and a US response to the purported Soviet threat? (talk) 12:18, 25 December 2011 (UTC)

strangeness in lede[edit]

Incumbent President Harry S. Truman, who as early as 1950 had decided not to run, had decided to back current Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson. President Truman, as he had in 1948, originally reached out to General Dwight D. Eisenhower to see if he had interest in heading the Democratic ticket. Eisenhower demurred at the time and then wound up heading the Republican ticket. The Democratic Party instead nominated Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois.

This reads as a possible contradiction. Was Stevenson picked by Truman or the party? Did Truman decide on Stevenson only after getting turned down by Eisenhower? Or only after Stevenson getting picked by the party?

The first two sentences each read as if they were written by authors not aware of the other sentence. CapnZapp (talk) 12:29, 15 November 2016 (UTC)


The Republican Party saw a contest between the internationalist and isolationist perspectives. Senator Robert A. Taft said that isolationism was dead, but he saw little role for the United States in the Cold War.[4] Eisenhower, the former NATO commander and war hero, narrowly defeated Taft...

Oh, so Taft ran against Eisenhower in the rep primary? Then write that. CapnZapp (talk) 12:31, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Is black-white matchup necessary?[edit]

A unregistered user changed the photo for black and white consistency. Is this seriously necessary? TheDragonFire300 (talk) 04:09, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

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