1956 United States presidential election in Montana

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United States presidential election in Montana, 1956

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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 Pennsylvania[a][1] Illinois
Running mate Richard Nixon Estes Kefauver
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 154,933 116,238
Percentage 57.1% 42.9%

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County results

President before election

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Republican

Elected President

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Republican

The 1956 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 6, 1956. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana strongly voted for the Republican nominee, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, over the Democratic nominee, former Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson. Eisenhower won Montana by 14.26 percent; however, owing to a five-year drought in the High Plains that resulted in a considerable protest vote for Stevenson, he did not do as well as in the 1952 election.[2]

However, his strong Catholic appeal meant that Eisenhower gained substantially in the heavily Irish mining counties of the west.[3] His 48.61 percent in Deer Lodge County is the best by a Republican there since Warren G. Harding in 1920, and as of the 2016 presidential election, this is the only election since 1920 in which Silver Bow County voted for a Republican Presidential candidate.[4]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Montana, 1956[5]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower 154,933 57.13% 4
Democratic Adlai Stevenson 116,238 42.87% 0
Totals 271,171 100.00% 4

Results by county[edit]

Dwight David Eisenhower
Republican
Adlai Stevenson II
Democratic
Margin Total votes cast[6]
County # % # % # % #
Beaverhead 1,995 65.97% 1,029 34.03% 966 31.94% 3,024
Big Horn 1,739 56.44% 1,342 43.56% 397 12.89% 3,081
Blaine 1,460 50.38% 1,438 49.62% 22 0.76% 2,898
Broadwater 869 65.93% 449 34.07% 420 31.87% 1,318
Carbon 2,345 56.30% 1,820 43.70% 525 12.61% 4,165
Carter 698 61.55% 436 38.45% 262 23.10% 1,134
Cascade 12,455 52.88% 11,098 47.12% 1,357 5.76% 23,553
Chouteau 1,721 48.96% 1,794 51.04% -73 -2.08% 3,515
Custer 3,240 58.30% 2,317 41.70% 923 16.61% 5,557
Daniels 982 50.93% 946 49.07% 36 1.87% 1,928
Dawson 2,463 56.08% 1,929 43.92% 534 12.16% 4,392
Deer Lodge 3,551 48.36% 3,792 51.64% -241 -3.28% 7,343
Fallon 967 61.24% 612 38.76% 355 22.48% 1,579
Fergus 3,771 57.77% 2,757 42.23% 1,014 15.53% 6,528
Flathead 8,088 57.40% 6,003 42.60% 2,085 14.80% 14,091
Gallatin 6,680 67.20% 3,260 32.80% 3,420 34.41% 9,940
Garfield 558 56.82% 424 43.18% 134 13.65% 982
Glacier 2,054 52.99% 1,822 47.01% 232 5.99% 3,876
Golden Valley 383 59.94% 256 40.06% 127 19.87% 639
Granite 896 62.70% 533 37.30% 363 25.40% 1,429
Hill 3,415 53.24% 2,999 46.76% 416 6.49% 6,414
Jefferson 1,049 61.38% 660 38.62% 389 22.76% 1,709
Judith Basin 789 48.20% 848 51.80% -59 -3.60% 1,637
Lake 3,363 59.88% 2,253 40.12% 1,110 19.76% 5,616
Lewis and Clark 7,959 61.72% 4,937 38.28% 3,022 23.43% 12,896
Liberty 601 55.19% 488 44.81% 113 10.38% 1,089
Lincoln 2,321 50.38% 2,286 49.62% 35 0.76% 4,607
Madison 1,662 64.24% 925 35.76% 737 28.49% 2,587
McCone 752 45.83% 889 54.17% -137 -8.35% 1,641
Meagher 712 66.73% 355 33.27% 357 33.46% 1,067
Mineral 606 52.33% 552 47.67% 54 4.66% 1,158
Missoula 10,627 61.12% 6,760 38.88% 3,867 22.24% 17,387
Musselshell 1,165 51.10% 1,115 48.90% 50 2.19% 2,280
Park 3,733 63.44% 2,151 36.56% 1,582 26.89% 5,884
Petroleum 258 55.72% 205 44.28% 53 11.45% 463
Phillips 1,605 52.94% 1,427 47.06% 178 5.87% 3,032
Pondera 1,651 53.45% 1,438 46.55% 213 6.90% 3,089
Powder River 700 60.55% 456 39.45% 244 21.11% 1,156
Powell 1,683 58.09% 1,214 41.91% 469 16.19% 2,897
Prairie 637 61.25% 403 38.75% 234 22.50% 1,040
Ravalli 3,437 61.40% 2,161 38.60% 1,276 22.79% 5,598
Richland 2,366 55.67% 1,884 44.33% 482 11.34% 4,250
Roosevelt 1,985 47.37% 2,205 52.63% -220 -5.25% 4,190
Rosebud 1,516 63.01% 890 36.99% 626 26.02% 2,406
Sanders 1,649 52.05% 1,519 47.95% 130 4.10% 3,168
Sheridan 1,153 38.31% 1,857 61.69% -704 -23.39% 3,010
Silver Bow 11,619 50.31% 11,475 49.69% 144 0.62% 23,094
Stillwater 1,540 60.32% 1,013 39.68% 527 20.64% 2,553
Sweet Grass 1,129 71.28% 455 28.72% 674 42.55% 1,584
Teton 1,728 51.58% 1,622 48.42% 106 3.16% 3,350
Toole 1,927 56.89% 1,460 43.11% 467 13.79% 3,387
Treasure 337 57.22% 252 42.78% 85 14.43% 589
Valley 932 61.72% 578 38.28% 354 23.44% 1,510
Wheatland 2,357 48.42% 2,511 51.58% -154 -3.16% 4,868
Wibaux 932 61.72% 578 38.28% 354 23.44% 1,510
Yellowstone 18,664 64.91% 10,088 35.09% 8,576 29.83% 28,752
Totals 155,474 57.07% 116,966 42.93% 38,508 14.13% 272,440

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although he was born in Texas and grew up in Kansas before his military career, at the time of the 1952 election Eisenhower was president of Columbia University and was, officially, a resident of New York. During his first term as president, he moved his private residence to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and officially changed his residency to Pennsylvania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Presidents". David Leip. Retrieved September 27, 2017. Eisenhower's home state for the 1956 Election was Pennsylvania
  2. ^ Phillips, Kevin P.; The Emerging Republican Majority, pp. 317, 436 ISBN 978-0-691-16324-6
  3. ^ Phillips; The Emerging Republican Majority, p. 394
  4. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  5. ^ David Leip. "1956 Presidential General Election Results – Montana". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas.
  6. ^ Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; p. 273 ISBN 0405077114