1944 United States presidential election in Massachusetts
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The 1944 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 7, 1944, as part of the 1944 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose sixteen representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.
|Turnout||71.0% 7.7 pp|
Roosevelt – 60–70%
Roosevelt – 50–60%
Dewey – 50–60%
Dewey – 60–70%
Massachusetts voted for the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York, over the Republican nominee, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York. Roosevelt ran with Senator Harry S. Truman of Missouri, while Dewey’s running mate was Governor John W. Bricker of Ohio.
Roosevelt carried the state with 52.80 percent of the vote to Dewey’s 46.99 percent, a Democratic victory margin of 5.81 percent.
As Roosevelt was re-elected nationally to his fourth and final term, Massachusetts weighed in as about two percent more Republican than the national average.
Once a typical Yankee Republican bastion in the wake of the Civil War, Massachusetts had been a Democratic-leaning state since 1928, when a coalition of Irish Catholic and other ethnic immigrant voters primarily based in urban areas turned Massachusetts and neighboring Rhode Island into New England’s only reliably Democratic states. Massachusetts voted for Al Smith in 1928, and for Franklin Roosevelt in his three election campaigns preceding 1944. Roosevelt’s 1944 victory thus marked the fifth straight win for the Democratic Party in Massachusetts, although Roosevelt’s victory margin was slightly reduced from 1940.
Roosevelt and Dewey would split the state’s fourteen counties, winning seven counties each. However Roosevelt won the most heavily populated parts of the state including the cities of Boston, Worcester, and Springfield, while most of Dewey’s wins were small or island counties.
|United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1944|
|Democratic||Franklin D. Roosevelt||1,035,296||52.80%||16|
|Republican||Thomas E. Dewey||921,350||46.99%||0|
|Socialist Labor||Edward A. Teichert||2,780||0.14%||0|
|Prohibition||Claude A. Watson||973||0.05%||0|
Results by countyEdit
|County||Roosevelt#||Roosevelt%||Dewey#||Dewey%||Others#||Others%||Total votes cast|
- Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, part 2, p. 1072.
- "1944 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
- Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; p. 215 ISBN 0405077114