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United States presidential election, 1956


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Introduction

This is a revision of the United States presidential election of 1956, the year of Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower's landslide reelection.

The previous presidential election, the one in 1952, was also a landslide for President Eisenhower. Eisenhower received 55.2% of the popular vote that year to Democrat Adlai Stevenson's 44.3%, and I intend to keep these totals somewhat similar to that of the current timeline/version of history. In other words, the 1952 election will be virtually unchanged.

In the 1956 election of the current timeline, a rematch between Eisenhower and Stevenson, it was a slightly bigger landslide of over 15 percentage points compared the nearly 11-point margin of 1952. But in this revised version of history, the 1956 election has a much larger margin of victory in favor of Eisenhower. Eisenhower has 62.7% of the popular vote compared to Stevenson's 36.9%, and this results in a margin of nearly 26 percentage points!

I figured I'd do this since the 1950s was a very patriotic era in U.S. history, as it came in the aftermath of World War II. Also, Eisenhower was one of the most popular American presidents of the mid-20th century.

The revised election below is organized state-by-state in alphabetical order, for a total of 48 states; this takes place before Alaska and Hawaii are annexed and the District of Columbia is included in presidential elections.

United States presidential election, 1956 (results estimated)

Alabama

Adlai Stevenson (D): 272,262 (54.8%)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R): 214,542 (43.2%)
Other: 10,167 (2%)
Total: 496,971

Arizona

Eisenhower: 193,061 (66.5%)
Stevenson: 96,909 (33.4%)
Other: 303 (0.1%)
Total: 290,273

Arkansas

Eisenhower: 210,493 (51.8%)
Stevenson: 192,675 (47.4%)
Other: 3,504 (0.9%)
Total: 406,672

California

Eisenhower: 3,493,640 (63.9%)
Stevenson: 1,955,163 (35.8%)
Other: 18,552 (0.3%)
Total: 5,467,355

Colorado

Eisenhower: 447,642 (67.5%)
Stevenson: 210,934 (31.8%)
Other: 4,598 (0.7%)
Total: 663,174

Connecticut

Eisenhower: 712,564 (63.8%)
Stevenson: 404,452 (36.2%)
Other: 205 (0.0%)
Total: 1,117,221

Delaware

Eisenhower: 106,621 (59.9%)
Stevenson: 70,957 (39.8%)
Other: 510 (0.3%)
Total: 178,088

Florida

Eisenhower: 708,546 (63%)
Stevenson: 415,774 (37%)
Total: 1,124,320

Georgia

Stevenson: 402,965 (60.7%)
Eisenhower: 254,881 (38.4%)
Other: 5,734 (0.9%)
Total: 663,580

Idaho

Eisenhower: 197,798 (72.4%)
Stevenson: 75,149 (27.5%)
Other: 142 (0.1%)
Total: 273,089

Illinois

Eisenhower: 2,777,611 (63%)
Stevenson: 1,621,498 (36.8%)
Other: 8,398 (0.2%)
Total: 4,407,507

Indiana

Eisenhower: 1,306,269 (66.2%)
Stevenson: 660,550 (33.5%)
Other: 7,888 (0.4%)
Total: 1,974,707

Iowa

Eisenhower: 812,656 (65.8%)
Stevenson: 418,489 (33.9%)
Other: 3,519 (0.3%)
Total: 1,234,664

Kansas

Eisenhower: 623,247 (71.9%)
Stevenson: 240,048 (27.7%)
Other: 3,048 (0.4%)
Total: 866,343

Kentucky

Eisenhower: 611,792 (58.1%)
Stevenson: 436,953 (41.5%)
Other: 5,160 (0.5%)
Total: 1,053,905

Louisiana

Eisenhower: 340,754 (55.2%)
Stevenson: 254,630 (41.2%)
Other: 22,260 (3.6%)
Total: 617,644

Maine

Eisenhower: 249,606 (70.9%)
Stevenson: 102,200 (29.1%)
Total: 351,806

Maryland

Eisenhower: 592,479 (63.5%)
Stevenson: 339,972 (36.5%)
Total: 932,451

Massachusetts

Eisenhower: 1,463,651 (62.3%)
Stevenson: 877,836 (37.4%)
Other: 7,119 (0.3%)
Total: 2,348,606

Michigan

Eisenhower: 1,960,165 (63.6%)
Stevenson: 1,113,480 (36.1%)
Other: 6,923 (0.2%)
Total: 3,080,568

Minnesota

Eisenhower: 769,622 (57.4%)
Stevenson: 567,305 (42.3%)
Other: 3,178 (0.2%)
Total: 1,340,105

Mississippi

Stevenson: 119,018 (47.9%)
Eisenhower: 118,489 (47.7%)
Other: 10,742 (4.3%)
Total: 248,249

Missouri

Eisenhower: 1,079,255 (58.9%)
Stevenson: 753,407 (41.1%)
Total: 1,832,662

Montana

Eisenhower: 180,124 (66.4%)
Stevenson: 91,147 (33.6%)
Total: 271,271

Nebraska

Eisenhower: 428,714 (74.3%)
Stevenson: 148,523 (25.7%)
Total: 577,237

Nevada

Eisenhower: 65,342 (67.5%)
Stevenson: 31,447 (32.5%)
Total: 96,789

New Hampshire

Eisenhower: 181,971 (68.1%)
Stevenson: 85,012 (31.8%)
Other: 111 (0.0%)
Total: 267,094

New Jersey

Eisenhower: 1,634,991 (65.8%)
Stevenson: 822,388 (33.1%)
Other: 27,033 (1.1%)
Total: 2,484,412

New Mexico

Eisenhower: 158,309 (62.3%)
Stevenson: 94,677 (37.3%)
Other: 1,040 (0.4%)
Total: 254,026

New York

Eisenhower: 4,447,440 (62.7%)
Stevenson: 2,644,669 (37.3%)
Other: 2,227 (0.0%)
Total: 7,094,336

North Carolina

Eisenhower: 633,437 (54.3%)
Stevenson: 532,255 (45.7%)
Total: 1,165,692

North Dakota

Eisenhower: 182,920 (72%)
Stevenson: 70,688 (27.8%)
Other: 483 (0.2%)
Total: 254,091

Ohio

Eisenhower: 2,401,724 (64.9%)
Stevenson: 1,300,641 (35.1%)
Total: 3,702,365

Oklahoma

Eisenhower: 538,359 (62.6%)
Stevenson: 321,091 (37.4%)
Total: 859,450

Oregon

Eisenhower: 454,293 (61.8%)
Stevenson: 281,404 (38.2%)
Total: 735,697

Pennsylvania

Eisenhower: 2,928,110 (64%)
Stevenson: 1,639,011 (35.8%)
Other: 9,482 (0.2%)
Total: 4,576,603

Rhode Island

Eisenhower: 228,827 (59%)
Stevenson: 158,882 (41%)
Other: 2 (0.0%)
Total: 387,711

South Carolina

Eisenhower: 172,893 (57.5%)
Stevenson: 105,662 (35.1%) 
Other: 22,128 (7.4%)
Total: 300,683

South Dakota

Eisenhower: 206,946 (70.4%)
Stevenson: 87,011 (29.6%)
Total: 293,957

Tennessee

Eisenhower: 545,006 (58%)
Stevenson: 384,193 (40.9%)
Other: 10,305 (1.1%)
Total: 939,504

Texas

Eisenhower: 1,198,028 (61.3%)
Stevenson: 742,649 (38%)
Other: 14,968 (0.8%)
Total: 1,955,645

Utah

Eisenhower: 224,078 (67.1%)
Stevenson: 110,017 (32.9%)
Total: 334,095

Vermont

Eisenhower: 110,614 (72.3%)
Stevenson: 42,425 (27.7%)
Other: 39 (0.0%)
Total: 153,078

Virginia

Eisenhower: 449,841 (64.4%)
Stevenson: 226,357 (32.4%)
Other: 21,880 (3.1%)
Total: 698,078

Washington

Eisenhower: 718,332 (62.4%)
Stevenson: 425,200 (36.9%)
Other: 7,457 (0.6%)
Total: 1,150,989

West Virginia

Eisenhower: 468,063 (56.3%)
Stevenson: 362,868 (43.7%)
Total: 830,931

Wisconsin

Eisenhower: 1,024,675 (66.1%)
Stevenson: 517,037 (33.3%)
Other: 8,946 (0.6%)
Total: 1,550,658

Wyoming

Eisenhower: 88,027 (70.9%)
Stevenson: 36,200 (29.1%)
Total: 124,227

United States (total)

Eisenhower: 38,916,448 (62.7%)
Stevenson: 22,864,080 (36.9%)
Other: 248,051 (0.4%)
Total: 62,028,579

Edited by Classicalfan626

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Effect? I think it will help make the U.S. likely to vote even more on the side of liberty and freedom (which in this case would be the Republican Party).

It will also be significant that, at 62.7% of the vote, Eisenhower has the record (at least the modern one) for the highest percentage of the popular vote that stands until Ronald Reagan absolutely crushes President Jimmy Carter in 1980 with 66.7% of the vote (and carrying 49 out of 50 states, only missing Rhode Island and the District of Columbia).

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