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1956 United States presidential election in Minnesota

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United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1956

← 1952 November 6, 1956 1960 →
Turnout83.15%[1] Increase
Dwight David Eisenhower, photo portrait by Bachrach, 1952.jpg
Nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower Adlai Stevenson
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Pennsylvania[2][3] Illinois
Running mate Richard Nixon Estes Kefauver
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 719,302 617,525
Percentage 53.7% 46.1%

County Results

President before election

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Elected President

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The 1956 United States presidential election in Minnesota took place on November 6, 1956, in Minnesota as part of the 1956 United States presidential election.

The Republican Party candidate, incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower won the state over former Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson by a margin of 101,777 votes, or 7.6%. Eisenhower went on to win the election nationally, with 457 electoral votes and a landslide 15.4% lead over Stevenson in the popular vote. The 1956 presidential election was a rematch of the 1952 election, in which Eisenhower also defeated Stevenson, both nationally and in Minnesota. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time Minnesota was carried twice by the Republican nominee.

The Democratic nomination campaign leading into 1956 presidential election may have had a major role in the end of the political career of Coya Knutson, the first woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, in a ploy to win a possible vice presidential nomination for its rising star, U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey, desperately attempted to ensure that Stevenson would win in the DFL Presidential Primary in Minnesota that year. However, Congresswoman Knutson, believing that the agricultural policy positions of U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee would have been more beneficial to her constituents, instead endorsed and campaigned on behalf of Kefauver. In part due to Knutson's efforts, Kefauver won the March 20th Minnesota Presidential Primary; as a result, when Stevenson was ultimately nominated, Kefauver was chosen as his running mate.

Two years later, shortly before the 1958 DFL state convention, a letter signed but not written by Knutson's husband was circulated to reporters. The contents of the letter played on anxieties over deviations from the rigid gender roles of the time, and its publication by newspapers essentially ensured Knutson's defeat in her bid for re-election that year. It has been alleged by several individuals, including Concordia College political science professor Harding Noblitt, Knutson biographer Gretchen Beito, and numerous people who were close to Knutson, that either DFL state leadership or local operatives wrote the letter and bribed Knutson's husband to sign it, as a means to exact retribution against the Congresswoman for denying Humphrey a shot at the vice presidential nomination in 1956.[4]

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United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1956[5]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower (incumbent) 719,302 53.68% 11
Democratic Adlai Stevenson 617,525 46.08% 0
Socialist Labor Eric Hass 2,080 0.16% 0
Socialist Workers Farrell Dobbs 1,098 0.08% 0
Totals 1,340,005 100.00% 11
Voter turnout 83%


  1. ^ "Office of the State Of Minnesota Secretary of State". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  2. ^ Although he was born in Texas and grew up in Kansas before his military career, at the time of his election Eisenhower was president of Columbia University and was, officially, a resident of New York. During his first term as president, he moved his private residence to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and officially changed his residency to Pennsylvania.
  3. ^ "The Presidents". David Leip. Retrieved September 27, 2017. Eisenhower's home state for the 1956 Election was Pennsylvania
  4. ^ "Coya's story". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  5. ^ "1956 Presidential Election Results, 1956". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
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