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1948 United States presidential election in New Jersey

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1948 United States presidential election in New Jersey

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Thomas Dewey.jpg
Harry S. Truman.jpg
Nominee Thomas E. Dewey Harry S. Truman
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York Missouri
Running mate Earl Warren Alben W. Barkley
Electoral vote 16 0
Popular vote 981,124 895,455
Percentage 50.33% 45.93%

New Jersey Presidential Election Results 1948.svg
County Results

President before election

Harry S. Truman
Democratic

Elected President

Harry S. Truman
Democratic

The 1948 United States presidential election in New Jersey took place on November 2, 1948. All contemporary 48 states were part of the 1948 United States presidential election. Voters chose 16 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New Jersey was won by the Republican nominees, former Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York and his running mate Governor Earl Warren of California. Dewey and Warren defeated the Democratic nominees, incumbent President Harry S. Truman of Missouri and his running mate Senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky.

Also in the running was the Progressive Party candidate, former Democratic Vice President Henry A. Wallace, who ran with former Senator Glen H. Taylor of Idaho.

Dewey carried New Jersey with 50.33% of the vote to Truman's 45.93%, a margin of 4.39%. Wallace came in a distant third, with 2.19%.[1]

Despite the closeness of the statewide result, Dewey won 15 of the state's 21 counties, while Truman won 6. However, Truman won several of the most heavily populated urban counties in the state, taking over 60% of the vote in Hudson County, winning majorities in Mercer County, Camden County, and Middlesex County, and winning with a plurality in Passaic County. Truman also won a majority in rural Salem County in the far south of the state. However, Dewey won majorities in several heavily populated counties, including Bergen County, Morris County, Union County, Monmouth County, and Ocean County, also narrowly winning Essex County with a plurality, along with winning most of the state's rural counties. Wallace for his part performed most strongly in North Jersey, particularly in Essex, Union, and Passaic Counties.

New Jersey in this era was usually a swing state with a Republican lean, and its results in 1948 adhered to that pattern. Democrat Franklin Roosevelt had won New Jersey in all four of his decisive nationwide victories in the 1930s and 1940s, but with the exception of his 1936 landslide, always by very narrow margins. As Truman narrowly defeated Dewey nationally in an upset victory, Dewey's narrow victory in New Jersey made the state almost 9% more Republican than the national average.

Results

1948 United States presidential election in New Jersey
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Thomas E. Dewey 981,124 50.33% 16
Democratic Harry S. Truman 895,455 45.93% 0
Progressive Henry A. Wallace 42,683 2.19% 0
National Prohibition Claude A. Watson 10,593 0.54% 0
Socialist Norman Thomas 10,521 0.54% 0
Socialist Workers Farrell Dobbs 5,825 0.30% 0
Socialist Labor Edward A. Teichert 3,354 0.17% 0
Totals 1,949,555 100.0% 16

Results by county

County Thomas E. Dewey[2]
Republican
Harry S. Truman[2]
Democratic
Henry A. Wallace[2]
Independent Progressive
Claude A. Watson[2]
National Prohibition
Norman M. Thomas[2]
Socialist
Farrell Dobbs[2]
Socialist Workers
Edward A. Teichert[2]
Socialist Labor
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Atlantic 31,608 54.43% 25,313 43.59% 995 1.71% 56 0.10% 79 0.14% 8 0.01% 12 0.02% 6,295 10.84% 58,071
Bergen 142,657 65.70% 69,132 31.84% 3,503 1.61% 327 0.15% 1,312 0.60% 82 0.04% 118 0.05% 73,525 33.86% 217,131
Burlington 21,183 49.92% 20,801 49.02% 278 0.66% 41 0.10% 126 0.30% 1 0.00% 2 0.00% 382 0.90% 42,432
Camden 51,977 42.91% 66,388 54.81% 1,886 1.56% 117 0.10% 419 0.35% 313 0.26% 32 0.03% -14,411 -11.90% 121,132
Cape May 11,227 64.46% 6,031 34.63% 118 0.68% 14 0.08% 20 0.11% 5 0.03% 2 0.01% 5,196 29.83% 17,417
Cumberland 16,556 51.24% 15,195 47.02% 449 1.39% 42 0.13% 46 0.14% 7 0.02% 18 0.06% 1,361 4.21% 32,313
Essex 166,963 48.60% 155,468 45.25% 11,741 3.42% 6,560 1.91% 2,004 0.58% 343 0.10% 488 0.14% 11,495 3.35% 343,567
Gloucester 19,477 54.46% 15,785 44.14% 349 0.98% 47 0.13% 97 0.27% 7 0.02% 3 0.01% 3,692 10.32% 35,765
Hudson 111,113 36.47% 182,979 60.06% 6,049 1.99% 2,920 0.96% 1,146 0.38% 148 0.05% 298 0.10% -71,866 -23.59% 304,653
Hunterdon 10,654 60.85% 6,515 37.21% 250 1.43% 18 0.10% 61 0.35% 1 0.01% 10 0.06% 4,139 23.64% 17,509
Mercer 37,794 42.26% 49,690 55.56% 1,451 1.62% 31 0.03% 457 0.51% 6 0.01% 7 0.01% -11,896 -13.30% 89,436
Middlesex 49,810 42.86% 61,634 53.04% 2,649 2.28% 94 0.08% 1,791 1.54% 136 0.12% 96 0.08% -11,824 -10.17% 116,210
Monmouth 52,908 62.22% 30,507 35.88% 1,343 1.58% 48 0.06% 214 0.25% 5 0.01% 8 0.01% 22,401 26.34% 85,033
Morris 42,558 68.01% 18,864 30.15% 746 1.19% 22 0.04% 362 0.58% 4 0.01% 18 0.03% 23,694 37.87% 62,574
Ocean 16,740 70.43% 6,366 26.79% 579 2.44% 6 0.03% 74 0.31% 2 0.01% 0 0.00% 10,374 43.65% 23,767
Passaic 59,675 45.75% 60,147 46.11% 4,870 3.73% 70 0.05% 574 0.44% 4,685 3.59% 409 0.31% -472 -0.36% 130,430
Salem 8,961 48.65% 9,278 50.37% 127 0.69% 25 0.14% 20 0.11% 2 0.01% 5 0.03% -317 -1.72% 18,418
Somerset 22,034 59.77% 14,104 38.26% 543 1.47% 13 0.04% 162 0.44% 3 0.01% 3 0.01% 7,930 21.51% 36,862
Sussex 9,269 66.50% 4,527 32.48% 101 0.72% 5 0.04% 34 0.24% 1 0.01% 2 0.01% 4,742 34.02% 13,939
Union 87,402 53.89% 66,759 41.16% 4,514 2.78% 127 0.08% 1,493 0.92% 66 0.04% 1,819 1.12% 20,643 12.73% 162,180
Warren 10,558 50.97% 9,972 48.14% 142 0.69% 10 0.05% 30 0.14% 2 0.01% 2 0.01% 586 2.83% 20,716
Totals 981,124 50.33% 895,455 45.93% 42,683 2.19% 10,593 0.54% 10,521 0.54% 5,825 0.30% 3,354 0.17% 85,669 4.39% 1,949,555

See also

References

  1. ^ "1948 Presidential General Election Results - New Jersey". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "NJ US President Race, November 02, 1948". Our Campigns.
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