United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 1948

United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 1948
New Hampshire
November 2, 1948

Nominee Thomas E. Dewey Harry S. Truman
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York Missouri
Running mate Earl Warren Alben W. Barkley
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 121,299 107,995
Percentage 52.4% 46.7%

County Results

President before election

Harry S. Truman

Elected President

Harry S. Truman

The 1948 United States presidential election in New Hampshire took place on November 2, 1948 as part of the 1948 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

New Hampshire 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 took 52.41% of the vote to Truman's 46.66%, a margin of 5.75%.

Wallace came in a distant third with 0.85%.

Dewey won 7 counties to Truman's 3, however the race was kept close statewide by Truman's victories in the more populous counties of the state.

Since Franklin Roosevelt won them in 1932, the counties of Hillsborough County, Strafford County, and Coos County had become reliable New Deal Democratic base counties, voting for Roosevelt all four times. Truman's most significant victory was winning a majority in populous Hillsborough County, home to Manchester and Nashua, which had been a reliable Democratic bastion since voting for Democrat Al Smith in 1928.

Carroll County had long been the most Republican county in New Hampshire, voting 60% against FDR all four times and would vote over 70% for Thomas E. Dewey.

As Truman narrowly won an upset victory over Dewey nationally, New Hampshire's result would make the state about 10% more Republican than the national average.


United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 1948[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Thomas E. Dewey 121,299 52.41% 4
Democratic Harry S. Truman 107,995 46.66% 0
Progressive Henry A. Wallace 1,970 0.85% 0
Socialist Norman Thomas 86 0.04% 0
Socialist Labor Edward A. Teichert 83 0.04% 0
Dixiecrat (write-in) J. Strom Thurmond (write-in) 7 0.00% 0
Totals 231,440 100.00% 4


  1. "1948 Presidential General Election Results - New Hampshire". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-11-16.

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