United States presidential election, 1948
The 1948 United States presidential election is widely considered to be the largest upset in American political history.
Despite the unpopularity of incumbent President Harry Truman, a three-way split in the Democratic Party (both the Southern segregationist wing and the Progressive left-wing formed third parties) which took away from Truman's voting base, and polls showing Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey (who had also been their nominee in 1944) virtually unbeatable (which, even in more recent times, had serious flaws), Truman emerged with the nomination.
|candidates||popular vote||electoral vote|
|Harry S Truman||24,105,812||303|
|Thomas E. Dewey||21,970,065||189|
|J. Strom Thurmond||1,169,063||39|
|Henry A. Wallace||1,157,172||0|
|Claude A. Watson||103,224||0|
|Edward A. Teichert||29,244||0|
- Pietrusza, David 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Changed America, New York: Union Square Press, 2011.