There goes the South – Part 5
September 7, 2018
As we saw last week, Democrat Harry Truman won the presidential election of 1948 even though he failed to carry four states in the South.
In the 11 former Confederate states, Truman garnered 87 electoral votes and fellow Democrat Strom Thurmond, running an independent segregationist campaign, received the region’s other 39 electoral votes. Republican nominee Thomas Dewey got none.
At that time, most southern white voters could not bring themselves to vote for a Republican. The South remained solidly Democratic. The final vote total was Truman 303, Dewey 189, and Thurmond 39.
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