1948 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1948 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 2, 1948, as part of the 1948 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose fourteen[2] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

United States presidential election in North Carolina, 1948

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All 14 North Carolina votes to the Electoral College
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Nominee Harry S. Truman Thomas Dewey Strom Thurmond
Party Democratic Republican Dixiecrat
Home state Missouri New York South Carolina
Running mate Alben W. Barkley Earl Warren Fielding L. Wright
Electoral vote 14 0 0
Popular vote 459,070 258,572 69,652
Percentage 58.0% 32.7% 8.8%

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County results

President before election

Harry S. Truman

Elected President

Harry S. Truman

North Carolina was won by incumbent President Harry S. Truman (DMissouri), running with Senator Alben W. Barkley, with 58.02% of the popular vote, against Governor Thomas Dewey (RNew York), running with Governor Earl Warren, with 32.68% of the popular vote.[3][4] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Cabarrus County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.[5] This was the worst state for Thurmond of the Confederacy, and one of only two, the other being Texas, in which he did not win at least one county.

As of the 2016 election, this is also the last time the Democratic candidate wins North Carolina by at least 15 points.


United States presidential election in North Carolina, 1948
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harry S. Truman (inc.) 459,070 58.02%
Republican Thomas Dewey 258,572 32.68%
Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond 69,652 8.80%
Progressive Henry A. Wallace 3,915 0.49%
Total votes 791,209 100%


  1. ^ "United States Presidential election of 1948 - Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "1948 Election for the Forty-First Term (1949-53)". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "1948 Presidential General Election Results - North Carolina". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "The American Presidency Project - Election of 1948". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016