1952 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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United States presidential election in Kentucky, 1952

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All 10 Kentucky votes to the Electoral College
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Nominee Adlai Stevenson Dwight D. Eisenhower
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois New York[2]
Running mate John Sparkman Richard Nixon
Electoral vote 10 0
Popular vote 495,729 495,029
Percentage 49.9% 49.8%

President before election

Harry S. Truman

Elected President

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The 1952 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 4, 1952, as part of the 1952 United States presidential election. Kentucky voters chose ten[3] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kentucky was won by Adlai Stevenson (DIllinois), running with Senator John Sparkman, with 49.91 percent of the popular vote, against Columbia University President Dwight D. Eisenhower (RNew York), running with Senator Richard Nixon, with 49.84 percent of the popular vote.[4] The race in Kentucky was the closest in the nation, with the candidates separated by a mere 700 votes, or 0.07 percent of the vote,[5] and in fact was the closest presidential election in any state since New Hampshire was won by Woodrow Wilson by fifty-six votes in 1916. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Kentucky did not vote the same as neighboring Tennessee.


United States presidential election in Kentucky, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adlai Stevenson 495,729 49.91%
Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower 495,029 49.84%
Write-in 2,390 0.24%
Total votes 993,148 100%


  1. ^ "United States Presidential election of 1952 - Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "U.S. presidential election, 1952". Facts on File. Retrieved October 24, 2013. Eisenhower, born in Texas, considered a resident of New York, and headquartered at the time in Paris, finally decided to run for the Republican nomination
  3. ^ "1952 Election for the Forty-Second Term (1953-57)". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "1952 Presidential General Election Results - Kentucky". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "The American Presidency Project - Election of 1952". Retrieved July 25, 2017.