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United States Presidential Election, 1948 (Dewey Defeats Truman)

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1944 Flag of the United States 1952
United States presidential election, 1948
November 2, 1948
Turnout 53%
ThomasDewey Harry-truman StromThurmond
Nominee Thomas E. Dewey Harry S Truman Strom Thurmond
Party Republican Democratic Dixiecrat
Home state New York Missouri South Carolina
Running mate Earl Warren Alben Barkley Fielding L. Wright
Electoral vote 303 189 39
States carried 28 16 4
Percentage 49.6% 45.1% 2.4%
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Presidential election results map. Red-Dewey, Blue-Truman, Grey-Thurmond

The United States presidential election of 1948 was the 41st quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1948. Thomas E. Dewey, the Republican nominee, successfully ran against incumbent Harry S Truman, the Democratic nominee.

Virtually every prediction indicated that Truman would be defeated by Dewey, which proved to be the case. Both parties had severe ideological splits, with the far left and the far right of the Democratic Party running third-party campaigns, effectively splitting the Democratic vote three ways, and allowing Dewey's easy election.

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