President Truman had decided not to run for the Presidency again. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was popular as a candidate for which the Republicans were desperate. He got nominated easily on the Republican party ticket, while Adlai Stevenson won the Democratic nomination. The Republicans who had not won a presidential election since 1928 decisively won the 1952 election.
Eisenhower competed with the more conservative Ohio U.S. senator Robert A. Taft for the GOP nomination. As correctly predicted by Tennessee congressman Carroll Reece, Taft gained the strong support of Southern states, whose delegations at the time were "black and tan" factions representing the party's pro-civil rights roots. One example was Mississippi's GOP delegation led by prominent black leader Perry W. Howard, II, which solidly backed the anti-establishment senator.
General election results
|Candidates||Popular vote||Electoral vote|
|Dwight D. Eisenhower||33,936,234||442|
|Adlai E. Stevenson||27,314,992||89|
|Eric Haas||30, 267||0|
- A popular slogan for Eisenhower was 'I like Ike.'
- Encyclopedia of Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, by Jim Hargrove, Chilren's Press, 1987, pp. 61-55.
- December 17, 1951. G.O.P. IN SOUTH SOLID FOR TAFT, SAYS REECE. The New York Times. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
- Rothbard, Murray N. (June 21, 2011). Swan Song of the Old Right. Mises Institute. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
- Apple, Jr., R.W. (August 31, 2004). THE REPUBLICANS: THE CONVENTION IN NEW YORK -- APPLE'S ALMANAC; Father of the Southern Strategy, at 76, Is Here for His 11th Convention. The New York Times. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
- A Pictoral History of the U.S. Presidents, by Clare Gibson, Gramercy Books, 2001, p. 125.