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United States presidential election, 1956

Election NameUnited States presidential election, 1956
CountryUnited States
Flag Year1912
Previous ElectionUnited States presidential election, 1952
Previous Year1952
Next ElectionUnited States presidential election, 1960
Next Year1960
Election DateNovember 6, 1956
Nominee1Dwight D. Eisenhower
Party1Republican Party (United States)
Home State1Pennsylvania
Running Mate1Richard Nixon
Electoral Vote1457
States Carried141
Popular Vote135,579,180
Nominee2Adlai Stevenson
Party2Democratic Party (United States)
Home State2Illinois
Running Mate2Estes Kefauver
Electoral Vote273
States Carried27
Popular Vote226,028,028
Map ImageElectoralCollege1956.svg
Map Size350px
Map CaptionPresidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Eisenhower/Nixon, Blue denotes those won by Stevenson/Kefauver. Orange is the electoral vote for Walter Burgwyn Jones by an Alabama faithless elector. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.
Before ElectionDwight D. Eisenhower
Before PartyRepublican Party (United States)
After ElectionDwight D. Eisenhower
After PartyRepublican Party (United States)

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The United States presidential election of 1956 saw a popular Dwight D. Eisenhower successfully run for re-election. The 1956 election was a rematch of 1952, as Eisenhower's opponent in 1956 was Democrat Adlai Stevenson, whom Eisenhower had defeated four years earlier.

Incumbent President Eisenhower was popular, but had health conditions that became a quiet issue. Stevenson remained popular with a core of liberal Democrats but held no office and had no real base. He (and Eisenhower) largely ignored the civil rights issue. Eisenhower had ended the Korean War and the nation was prosperous, so a landslide for the charismatic Eisenhower was never in doubt.

This was the last presidential election prior to the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii, who would first take part as states in the 1960 presidential election. It was also the last election where either one of the major candidates was born in the 19th century.

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