Republican Party presidential primaries, 1956

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Republican Party Presidential Primaries, 1956
United States
1952 ←
March 11 to June 5, 1956
→ 1960

  Dwight D. Eisenhower, official photo portrait, May 29, 1959.jpg John William Bricker (Gov., Sen. OH).jpg William F. Knowland headshot.jpg
Nominee Dwight Eisenhower John W. Bricker William F. Knowland
Party Republican Republican Republican
Home state Kansas Ohio California
States carried 16 1 0
Popular vote 5,008,132 478,453 84,446
Percentage 85.93% 8.21% 1.45%

  Foss JJ USMC.jpg
Nominee Joe Foss S.C. Arnold
Party Republican Republican
Home state South Dakota Montana
States carried 1 1
Popular vote 59,374 32,732
Percentage 1.02% 0.56%

President before election

Dwight Eisenhower

Republican presidential candidate-elect

Dwight Eisenhower

The 1956 Republican presidential primaries were the selection process by which voters of the Republican Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 1956 U.S. presidential election. Incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower was again selected as the nominee through a series of primary elections and caucuses culminating in the 1956 Republican National Convention held from August 20 to August 23, 1956 in San Francisco, California.

Eisenhower sought re-nomination and faced no formidable opposition. He swept the primaries without difficulty. Senator William F. Knowland of California was on the ballot for a number of them, as he had announced he would run if Ike would not and the president announced so late there was no time to withdraw.

Republican candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Withdrew during primaries[edit]

Declined to run[edit]

Statewide contests by winner[edit]

Statewide contest won by candidates

Dwight Eisenhower John W. Bricker William F. Knowland Joe Foss S.C. Arnold Unpledged
March 11 New Hampshire 99% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
March 20 Minnesota 98% 0% 2% 0% 0% 0%
April 3 Wisconsin 96% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
April 10 Illinois 95% 0% 4% 0% 0% 0%
April 17 New Jersey 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
April 24 Alaska 94% 0% 6% 0% 0% 0%
April 24 Massachusetts 95% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
April 24 Pennsylvania 96% 0% 4% 0% 0% 0%
May 1 Washington, D.C. 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
May 7 Maryland 96% 0% 0% 0% 0% 4%
May 8 Indiana 96% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
May 8 Ohio 0% 100% 0% 0% 0% 0%
May 8 West Virginia 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%
May 15 Nebraska 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
May 18 Oregon 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
May 29 Florida 92% 0% 8% 0% 0% 0%
June 6 California 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
June 5 Montana 0% 0% 0% 0% 86% 0%
June 5 South Dakota 0% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%

Total popular vote results[edit]

Primaries total popular vote results

See also[edit]