United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1952

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United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1952
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November 4, 1952
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  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 Illinois
Running mate Richard Nixon John Sparkman
Electoral vote 16 0
Popular vote 1,292,325 1,083,525
Percentage 54.22% 45.46%

Massachusetts Election Results by County, 1952.svg

County Results

President before election

Harry S. Truman

Elected President

Dwight Eisenhower

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 16 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 Senator Richard Nixon of California, while Stevenson's running mate was Senator John Sparkman of Alabama.

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

As Eisenhower won a comfortable victory nationwide, Massachusetts still weighed in for this election as about 2% 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 Roosevelt four times in the 1930s and 40s, 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 13 of the state's 14 counties, Stevenson's only victory coming from urban Suffolk County, home to the state's capital and largest city, Boston. Suffolk County has not been carried by a Republican presidential nominee since 1924, and remained an obstacle to Republican success in the state, however Eisenhower was able to sweep the rest of the state by large enough margins to overcome Boston's strong Democratic lean.


United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1952[1]
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


  1. ^ "1952 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 

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