United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1944

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United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1944
1940 ←
November 7, 1944 → 1948

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Nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt Thomas E. Dewey
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York New York
Running mate Harry S. Truman John W. Bricker
Electoral vote 16 0
Popular vote 1,035,296 921,350
Percentage 52.80% 46.99%

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County Results

President before election

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Elected President

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The 1944 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 7, 1944 as part of the 1944 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 Democratic nominee, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York, over the Republican nominee, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York. Roosevelt ran with Senator Harry S. Truman of Missouri, while Dewey's running mate was Governor John W. Bricker of Ohio.

Roosevelt carried the state with 52.80% of the vote to Dewey's 46.99%, a Democratic victory margin of 5.81%.

As Roosevelt was re-elected nationally to his fourth and final term, Massachusetts weighed in as about 2% more Republican 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, and for Franklin Roosevelt in his three election campaigns preceding 1944. Roosevelt's 1944 victory thus marked the fifth straight win for the Democratic Party in Massachusetts, although Roosevelt's victory margin was slightly reduced from 1940.

Roosevelt and Dewey would split the state's fourteen counties, winning 7 counties each. However Roosevelt won the most heavily populated parts of the state including the cities of Boston, Worcester, and Springfield, while most of Dewey's wins were sparsely populated counties.


United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1944[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt 1,035,296 52.80% 16
Republican Thomas E. Dewey 921,350 46.99% 0
Socialist Labor Edward A. Teichert 2,780 0.14% 0
Prohibition Claude A. Watson 973 0.05% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 266 0.01% 0
Totals 1,960,665 100.00% 16


  1. ^ "1944 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 

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