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1956 Democratic Party presidential primaries

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1956 Democratic Party presidential primaries

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Candidate Adlai Stevenson Estes Kefauver
Home state Illinois Tennessee
Contests won 7 9
Popular vote 3,069,504 2,283,172
Percentage 50.7% 37.7%

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Previous Democratic nominee

Adlai Stevenson

Democratic nominee

Adlai Stevenson

The 1956 Democratic presidential primaries were the selection process by which voters of the Democratic Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 1956 U.S. presidential election. Former Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson was selected as the nominee through a series of primary elections and caucuses culminating in the 1956 Democratic National Convention held from August 13 to August 17, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois. This was the party's second consecutive nomination of Stevenson.

Primary race

Estes Kefauver sought the Democratic presidential nomination, as he had in 1952. Initially, he again won some Democratic Party presidential primaries. In the March 13, 1956 New Hampshire presidential primary, Kefauver defeated Stevenson, his only formidable opponent for the nomination, by a margin of 21,701 to 3,806. A week later, Kefauver defeated Stevenson in the March 20, 1956 Minnesota presidential primary, winning 245,885 votes compared to Stevenson's 186,723 votes. Kefauver was also victorious in the Wisconsin presidential primary.

By April 1956, "it appeared that Kefauver was on his way to a primary sweep matching the spectacular performance in 1952."[1] Stevenson, however, was able to defeat Kefauver in the 1956 Oregon, Florida and California primaries and, overall, and ultimately won more primary votes than Kefauver before being re-nominated as the Democratic presidential nominee at the 1956 Democratic national convention.

Candidates

Debates

Televised Kefauver-Stevenson debate

The first-ever televised United States presidential debate was held as an hour long one-on-one debate between the party's top-two contenders, Kefauver and Stevenson.[2][3] The debate was held in Miami, Florida ahead of the state's primary.[2][3]

The Russell Baker of The New York Times wrote that the two contenders took near-identical stances on most of the issues discussed in the debate.[2]

Polling

National polling

Poll source Publication
Averell Harriman
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Estes Kefauver
Frank Lausche
Adlai Stevenson
Stuart Symington
Harry S. Truman
Gallup[4] Aug. 1953 17% 53% 1% 11%
Gallup[4] Aug. 1954 22% 57%
Gallup[4] Nov. 1954 4% 16% 2% 58%
Gallup[4] Mar. 1955 14% 48% 2% 5% 1%
Gallup[4] Apr. 1955 17% 37% 4% 3% 1%
Gallup[4] Aug. 1955 6% 1% 16% 55% 1%
Gallup[4] Oct. 1955 8% 16% 2% 51% 2%
Gallup[4] Nov. 1955 10% 1% 11% 1% 48% 1% 1%
Gallup[4] Nov. 1955 8% 12% 38%
Gallup[4] Dec. 1955 8% 17% 3% 51%
Gallup[4] Jan. 1956 8% 3% 17% 3% 49%
Gallup[4] Feb. 1956 8% 2% 18% 2% 51% 1%
Gallup[4] Apr. 1956 6% 3% 33% 2% 39% 2%
Gallup[4] Apr. 1956 6% 4% 29% 3% 41% 2%
Gallup[4] June 1956 8% 4% 26% 3% 42% 3%
Gallup[4] June 1956 12% 4% 16% 3% 45% 4%

See also

References

  1. ^ Gorman, Joseph Bruce. Kefauver: A Political Biography. NY: Oxford University Press, 1971.
  2. ^ a b c "Stevenson, Kefauver Find Agreement in TV Debate; H-Bomb Tests Noted STEVENSON FACES KEFAUVER ON TV". The New York Times. 22 May 1956. Retrieved 10 September 2020 – via timesmachine.nytimes.com.
  3. ^ a b "1st-Ever Televised Presidential Debate From 1956 Now Online". Illinois Public Media. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "US President - D Primaries Polling". OurCampaigns.com. 11 Dec 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
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