United States presidential election in Oklahoma, 1948

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United States presidential election in Oklahoma, 1948

← 1944 November 2, 1948 1952 →

  Harry S. Truman.jpg ThomasDewey.png
Nominee Harry S. Truman Thomas E. Dewey
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Missouri New York
Running mate Alben W. Barkley Earl Warren
Electoral vote 10 0
Popular vote 452,782 268,817
Percentage 62.75% 37.25%

The 1948 United States presidential election in Oklahoma took place on November 2, 1948. All forty-eight states were part of the 1948 United States presidential election. Oklahoma voters chose ten electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Incumbent President Harry S. Truman won Oklahoma by a landslide 25.5 percent margin of victory.[1] This made Oklahoma the fourth most Democratic state in the nation, and 21.01 percent more Democratic than the nation as a whole. Apart from the FDR landslides of 1932 and 1936 it remains the best performance by a Democrat in Oklahoma’s history as a state, and only in 1932, 1924 and 1920 was Oklahoma more Democratic relative to the nation at-large.[2]

Up to this election, Oklahoma was a reliably Democratic state, with the party nominee winning all of the first eleven elections held in the state except for James M. Cox in 1920 and Catholic Al Smith in 1928. Subsequently, like other states of the Solid South, Oklahoma has turned into a Republican bastion. In the landslide election of 1952 and 1956, Adlai Stevenson II won no antebellum free-soil or postbellum state; however Oklahoma remained more Democratic than the nation as a whole.[2] In 1960, John F. Kennedy lost Oklahoma, and indeed most postbellum states, badly due to anti-Catholic sentiment.[3] In 1964, Lyndon Johnson became the last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state,[4] with only Jimmy Carter in 1976 subsequently reaching 45 percent of the vote, and the past four Democratic nominees not winning one single county between them.[5]

At county level in 1948, Truman won all the counties in the state except for two clusters near the Kansas border totalling ten counties, of which only Grant in 1964 and 1976 has voted Democratic since. This is the last occasion the four contiguous counties of Texas, Beaver, Harper and Woods – now forming part of the most Republican and politically and socially conservative region in the nation – have voted Democratic, and also the last time the Democratic Party won Kay County.[5] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last occasion where Oklahoma didn't go for the same candidate as neighbouring Kansas

Results

United States presidential election in Oklahoma, 1948[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Harry S. Truman 452,782 62.75% 10
Republican Thomas E. Dewey 268,817 37.25% 0
Totals 721,599 100.0% 10
Voter turnout (Voting age) 52.5%[6]

Results by county

County Truman# Truman% Dewey# Dewey% Total votes cast[7]
Adair 3,067 56.03% 2,407 43.97% 5,474
Alfalfa 1,838 39.93% 2,765 60.07% 4,603
Atoka 3,104 75.03% 1,033 24.97% 4,137
Beaver 1,596 52.92% 1,420 47.08% 3,016
Beckham 4,544 77.62% 1,310 22.38% 5,854
Blaine 2,595 47.79% 2,835 52.21% 5,430
Bryan 7,748 85.01% 1,366 14.99% 9,114
Caddo 8,110 68.13% 3,793 31.87% 11,903
Canadian 5,568 59.89% 3,729 40.11% 9,297
Carter 9,474 81.52% 2,147 18.48% 11,621
Cherokee 4,249 60.41% 2,785 39.59% 7,034
Choctaw 4,750 82.09% 1,036 17.91% 5,786
Cimarron 894 57.90% 650 42.10% 1,544
Cleveland 6,556 64.10% 3,671 35.90% 10,227
Coal 2,124 82.07% 464 17.93% 2,588
Comanche 7,955 74.06% 2,787 25.94% 10,742
Cotton 2,613 77.98% 738 22.02% 3,351
Craig 4,182 59.84% 2,807 40.16% 6,989
Creek 9,198 58.47% 6,532 41.53% 15,730
Custer 4,618 64.26% 2,568 35.74% 7,186
Delaware 3,157 57.40% 2,343 42.60% 5,500
Dewey 2,049 57.83% 1,494 42.17% 3,543
Ellis 1,420 48.27% 1,522 51.73% 2,942
Garfield 8,217 44.25% 10,352 55.75% 18,569
Garvin 6,779 80.13% 1,681 19.87% 8,460
Grady 8,136 73.84% 2,882 26.16% 11,018
Grant 2,126 46.25% 2,471 53.75% 4,597
Greer 3,044 81.02% 713 18.98% 3,757
Harmon 2,340 89.79% 266 10.21% 2,606
Harper 1,281 51.20% 1,221 48.80% 2,502
Haskell 3,206 69.76% 1,390 30.24% 4,596
Hughes 5,492 76.62% 1,676 23.38% 7,168
Jackson 5,450 85.52% 923 14.48% 6,373
Jefferson 3,326 85.68% 556 14.32% 3,882
Johnston 2,936 83.41% 584 16.59% 3,520
Kay 10,119 52.98% 8,982 47.02% 19,101
Kingfisher 2,488 45.91% 2,931 54.09% 5,419
Kiowa 4,263 73.59% 1,530 26.41% 5,793
Latimer 2,536 73.40% 919 26.60% 3,455
Le Flore 6,786 70.64% 2,821 29.36% 9,607
Lincoln 4,913 55.76% 3,898 44.24% 8,811
Logan 4,109 51.84% 3,817 48.16% 7,926
Love 2,191 89.80% 249 10.20% 2,440
Major 1,227 33.22% 2,467 66.78% 3,694
Marshall 2,455 83.96% 469 16.04% 2,924
Mayes 4,201 59.55% 2,854 40.45% 7,055
McClain 3,451 79.17% 908 20.83% 4,359
McCurtain 6,223 85.08% 1,091 14.92% 7,314
McIntosh 3,674 71.81% 1,442 28.19% 5,116
Murray 3,054 79.28% 798 20.72% 3,852
Muskogee 13,860 67.77% 6,592 32.23% 20,452
Noble 2,770 53.27% 2,430 46.73% 5,200
Nowata 2,688 55.92% 2,119 44.08% 4,807
Okfuskee 3,335 67.25% 1,624 32.75% 4,959
Oklahoma 59,954 59.89% 40,161 40.11% 100,115
Okmulgee 10,467 70.56% 4,368 29.44% 14,835
Osage 7,156 64.43% 3,951 35.57% 11,107
Ottawa 7,243 62.73% 4,304 37.27% 11,547
Pawnee 2,721 50.65% 2,651 49.35% 5,372
Payne 7,390 56.03% 5,799 43.97% 13,189
Pittsburg 9,576 76.80% 2,893 23.20% 12,469
Pontotoc 7,750 77.20% 2,289 22.80% 10,039
Pottawatomie 10,220 68.22% 4,760 31.78% 14,980
Pushmataha 2,977 79.05% 789 20.95% 3,766
Roger Mills 2,176 81.04% 509 18.96% 2,685
Rogers 4,197 59.57% 2,849 40.43% 7,046
Seminole 8,122 70.35% 3,423 29.65% 11,545
Sequoyah 4,449 68.17% 2,077 31.83% 6,526
Stephens 6,702 77.83% 1,909 22.17% 8,611
Texas 2,693 61.64% 1,676 38.36% 4,369
Tillman 4,071 79.37% 1,058 20.63% 5,129
Tulsa 38,548 47.33% 42,892 52.67% 81,440
Wagoner 3,389 55.97% 2,666 44.03% 6,055
Washington 5,508 47.71% 6,036 52.29% 11,544
Washita 4,326 72.55% 1,637 27.45% 5,963
Woods 2,882 50.10% 2,871 49.90% 5,753
Woodward 2,180 47.69% 2,391 52.31% 4,571
Totals 452,782 62.75% 268,817 37.25% 721,599

References

  1. ^ a b "1948 Presidential General Election Results – Oklahoma". uselectionatlas.org. 
  2. ^ a b Counting the Votes; Oklahoma
  3. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Religious Factor in the 1960 Presidential Election: An Analysis of the Kennedy Victory over Anti-Catholic Prejudice; pp. 79, 117 ISBN 0786460377
  4. ^ Gust, Steve (October 6, 2012). "Oklahoma student who attended Democratic National Convention anticipates lifetime in politics". The Oklahoman. Retrieved November 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  6. ^ Gans, Curtis and Mulling, Matthew; Voter Turnout in the United States, 1788-2009, p. 481 ISBN 9781604265958
  7. ^ Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; pp. 363-364 ISBN 0405077114
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