1948 United States presidential election in Kentucky
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All 11 Kentucky votes to the Electoral College
 
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Nominee Harry S. Truman Thomas E. Dewey
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Missouri New York
Running mate Alben W. Barkley Earl Warren
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 466,756 341,210
Percentage 56.7% 41.5%

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County Results

President before election

Harry S. Truman
Democratic

Elected President

Harry S. Truman
Democratic

The 1948 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 2, 1948, as part of the 1948 United States presidential election. Kentucky voters chose 11[2] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kentucky was won by incumbent President Harry S. Truman (DMissouri), running with Senator Alben W. Barkley, with 56.74 percent of the popular vote, against Governor Thomas Dewey (RNew York), running with Governor Earl Warren, with 41.48 percent of the popular vote.[3][4]

Dewey performed worse than he had four years previously, with both his margin of loss increasing, and the percentage of the vote he received decreasing, even as he fared a lot better nationally than he had four years prior. This discrepancy was at least in part due to the choice of President Truman's running mate, Senator Barkley, who himself came from the Bluegrass State.

Results

Presidential candidate Running mate Party Electoral vote (EV) Popular vote (PV)
Harry S. Truman of Missouri Alben Barkley Democratic 11 466,756 56.74%
Thomas E. Dewey Earl Warren Republican 0 341,210 41.48%
J. Strom Thurmond Fielding Wright State's Rights 0 10,411 1.27%
Henry A. Wallace Glen H. Taylor New Progressive 0 1,567 0.19%
Norman Thomas Tucker P. Smith Socialist 0 1,284 0.16%
Claude Watson Dale H. Learn Prohibition 0 1,245 0.15%
Edward A. Teichert Stephen Emery Socialist Labor 0 185 0.02%

Results by county

County Harry S. Truman
Democratic
Thomas Edmund Dewey
Republican
James Strom Thurmond[5]
States’ Rights Democratic
Henry Agard Wallace[6]
Progressive
Various candidates[6]
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast[7]
# % # % # % # % # % # %
Adair 2,144 42.57% 2,839 56.37% 35 0.69% 1 0.02% 17 0.34% -695 -13.80% 5,036
Allen 1,605 40.28% 2,280 57.21% 48 1.20% 2 0.05% 50 1.25% -675 -16.94% 3,985
Anderson 2,135 67.69% 971 30.79% 35 1.11% 6 0.19% 7 0.22% 1,164 36.91% 3,154
Ballard 2,702 84.57% 454 14.21% 35 1.10% 0 0.00% 4 0.13% 2,248 70.36% 3,195
Barren 4,095 60.98% 2,437 36.29% 148 2.20% 5 0.07% 30 0.45% 1,658 24.69% 6,715
Bath 2,287 63.69% 1,276 35.53% 19 0.53% 3 0.08% 6 0.17% 1,011 28.15% 3,591
Bell 5,708 56.38% 4,327 42.74% 57 0.56% 8 0.08% 24 0.24% 1,381 13.64% 10,124
Boone 2,320 65.85% 1,151 32.67% 44 1.25% 0 0.00% 8 0.23% 1,169 33.18% 3,523
Bourbon 3,562 67.18% 1,610 30.37% 121 2.28% 2 0.04% 7 0.13% 1,952 36.82% 5,302
Boyd 9,006 56.84% 6,707 42.33% 79 0.50% 19 0.12% 33 0.21% 2,299 14.51% 15,844
Boyle 3,338 62.56% 1,897 35.55% 72 1.35% 5 0.09% 24 0.45% 1,441 27.01% 5,336
Bracken 1,863 59.44% 1,239 39.53% 24 0.77% 0 0.00% 8 0.26% 624 19.91% 3,134
Breathitt 3,295 77.27% 957 22.44% 1 0.02% 1 0.02% 10 0.23% 2,338 54.83% 4,264
Breckinridge 2,623 51.33% 2,407 47.10% 48 0.94% 5 0.10% 27 0.53% 216 4.23% 5,110
Bullitt 1,681 70.48% 673 28.22% 21 0.88% 2 0.08% 8 0.34% 1,008 42.26% 2,385
Butler 1,105 30.21% 2,494 68.18% 42 1.15% 4 0.11% 13 0.36% -1,389 -37.97% 3,658
Caldwell 2,210 55.46% 1,626 40.80% 137 3.44% 8 0.20% 4 0.10% 584 14.65% 3,985
Calloway 4,896 86.38% 681 12.01% 73 1.29% 7 0.12% 11 0.19% 4,215 74.36% 5,668
Campbell 13,008 51.56% 11,851 46.97% 216 0.86% 96 0.38% 60 0.24% 1,157 4.59% 25,231
Carlisle 1,899 86.36% 279 12.69% 11 0.50% 4 0.18% 6 0.27% 1,620 73.67% 2,199
Carroll 2,626 78.51% 639 19.10% 70 2.09% 3 0.09% 7 0.21% 1,987 59.40% 3,345
Carter 3,082 46.86% 3,472 52.79% 2 0.03% 7 0.11% 14 0.21% -390 -5.93% 6,577
Casey 1,495 30.44% 3,380 68.83% 9 0.18% 4 0.08% 23 0.47% -1,885 -38.38% 4,911
Christian 5,582 58.75% 3,242 34.12% 633 6.66% 7 0.07% 38 0.40% 2,340 24.63% 9,502
Clark 3,292 67.07% 1,508 30.73% 95 1.94% 7 0.14% 6 0.12% 1,784 36.35% 4,908
Clay 1,468 31.39% 3,142 67.19% 41 0.88% 1 0.02% 24 0.51% -1,674 -35.80% 4,676
Clinton 709 23.26% 2,295 75.30% 16 0.52% 2 0.07% 26 0.85% -1,586 -52.03% 3,048
Crittenden 1,497 43.25% 1,927 55.68% 24 0.69% 0 0.00% 13 0.38% -430 -12.42% 3,461
Cumberland 794 28.61% 1,947 70.16% 18 0.65% 2 0.07% 14 0.50% -1,153 -41.55% 2,775
Daviess 8,682 63.25% 4,873 35.50% 126 0.92% 8 0.06% 38 0.28% 3,809 27.75% 13,727
Edmonson 1,031 33.83% 1,984 65.09% 15 0.49% 2 0.07% 16 0.52% -953 -31.27% 3,048
Elliott 2,095 83.40% 410 16.32% 0 0.00% 4 0.16% 3 0.12% 1,685 67.08% 2,512
Estill 1,937 47.89% 2,056 50.83% 19 0.47% 4 0.10% 29 0.72% -119 -2.94% 4,045
Fayette 13,202 52.48% 10,959 43.57% 773 3.07% 96 0.38% 125 0.50% 2,243 8.92% 25,155
Fleming 2,722 56.10% 2,088 43.03% 23 0.47% 4 0.08% 15 0.31% 634 13.07% 4,852
Floyd 8,823 73.43% 3,127 26.02% 18 0.15% 28 0.23% 20 0.17% 5,696 47.40% 12,016
Franklin 6,679 75.71% 1,962 22.24% 169 1.92% 2 0.02% 10 0.11% 4,717 53.47% 8,822
Fulton 2,497 80.29% 450 14.47% 161 5.18% 1 0.03% 1 0.03% 2,047 65.82% 3,110
Gallatin 1,381 79.78% 342 19.76% 8 0.46% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 1,039 60.02% 1,731
Garrard 1,725 47.18% 1,890 51.70% 31 0.85% 1 0.03% 9 0.25% -165 -4.51% 3,656
Grant 2,633 69.23% 1,154 30.34% 7 0.18% 1 0.03% 8 0.21% 1,479 38.89% 3,803
Graves 8,682 84.49% 1,442 14.03% 134 1.30% 7 0.07% 11 0.11% 7,240 70.46% 10,276
Grayson 2,174 42.69% 2,880 56.56% 18 0.35% 6 0.12% 14 0.27% -706 -13.86% 5,092
Green 1,628 42.18% 2,186 56.63% 30 0.78% 1 0.03% 15 0.39% -558 -14.46% 3,860
Greenup 4,186 56.52% 3,168 42.78% 19 0.26% 18 0.24% 15 0.20% 1,018 13.75% 7,406
Hancock 1,146 53.38% 985 45.88% 7 0.33% 4 0.19% 5 0.23% 161 7.50% 2,147
Hardin 3,990 61.89% 2,297 35.63% 126 1.95% 5 0.08% 29 0.45% 1,693 26.26% 6,447
Harlan 9,158 66.80% 4,402 32.11% 113 0.82% 29 0.21% 8 0.06% 4,756 34.69% 13,710
Harrison 3,494 72.76% 1,224 25.49% 64 1.33% 6 0.12% 14 0.29% 2,270 47.27% 4,802
Hart 2,495 51.28% 2,311 47.50% 43 0.88% 3 0.06% 13 0.27% 184 3.78% 4,865
Henderson 5,499 71.92% 1,904 24.90% 167 2.18% 13 0.17% 63 0.82% 3,595 47.02% 7,646
Henry 3,398 73.23% 1,193 25.71% 33 0.71% 2 0.04% 14 0.30% 2,205 47.52% 4,640
Hickman 2,143 83.58% 326 12.71% 87 3.39% 2 0.08% 6 0.23% 1,817 70.87% 2,564
Hopkins 6,149 65.65% 2,608 27.85% 572 6.11% 6 0.06% 31 0.33% 3,541 37.81% 9,366
Jackson 429 13.31% 2,781 86.31% 1 0.03% 1 0.03% 10 0.31% -2,352 -73.00% 3,222
Jefferson 70,756 49.26% 69,645 48.49% 1,965 1.37% 617 0.43% 646 0.45% 1,111 0.77% 143,629
Jessamine 2,301 59.33% 1,414 36.46% 117 3.02% 7 0.18% 39 1.01% 887 22.87% 3,878
Johnson 2,378 37.20% 3,993 62.47% 5 0.08% 10 0.16% 6 0.09% -1,615 -25.27% 6,392
Kenton 18,918 62.64% 10,771 35.67% 359 1.19% 98 0.32% 54 0.18% 8,147 26.98% 30,200
Knott 4,660 86.07% 754 13.93% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 3,906 72.15% 5,414
Knox 2,814 39.51% 4,241 59.54% 18 0.25% 34 0.48% 16 0.22% -1,427 -20.03% 7,123
Larue 1,864 58.14% 1,277 39.83% 49 1.53% 4 0.12% 12 0.37% 587 18.31% 3,206
Laurel 2,187 34.57% 4,107 64.92% 14 0.22% 6 0.09% 12 0.19% -1,920 -30.35% 6,326
Lawrence 2,372 52.47% 2,117 46.83% 16 0.35% 3 0.07% 13 0.29% 255 5.64% 4,521
Lee 1,058 45.66% 1,233 53.22% 14 0.60% 7 0.30% 5 0.22% -175 -7.55% 2,317
Leslie 783 24.38% 2,397 74.65% 8 0.25% 4 0.12% 19 0.59% -1,614 -50.26% 3,211
Letcher 4,741 56.96% 3,560 42.77% 6 0.07% 3 0.04% 14 0.17% 1,181 14.19% 8,324
Lewis 1,449 34.73% 2,708 64.91% 2 0.05% 3 0.07% 10 0.24% -1,259 -30.18% 4,172
Lincoln 2,920 52.01% 2,593 46.19% 67 1.19% 3 0.05% 31 0.55% 327 5.82% 5,614
Livingston 1,622 70.19% 671 29.04% 11 0.48% 3 0.13% 4 0.17% 951 41.15% 2,311
Logan 4,355 74.25% 1,352 23.05% 126 2.15% 8 0.14% 24 0.41% 3,003 51.20% 5,865
Lyon 1,505 69.84% 582 27.01% 42 1.95% 7 0.32% 19 0.88% 923 42.83% 2,155
Madison 5,344 52.62% 4,619 45.48% 110 1.08% 18 0.18% 65 0.64% 725 7.14% 10,156
Magoffin 2,253 54.49% 1,882 45.51% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 371 8.97% 4,135
Marion 3,008 71.20% 1,171 27.72% 31 0.73% 7 0.17% 8 0.19% 1,837 43.48% 4,225
Marshall 2,942 80.10% 711 19.36% 12 0.33% 2 0.05% 6 0.16% 2,231 60.74% 3,673
Martin 911 31.44% 1,964 67.77% 1 0.03% 8 0.28% 14 0.48% -1,053 -36.34% 2,898
Mason 3,620 58.31% 2,519 40.58% 53 0.85% 6 0.10% 10 0.16% 1,101 17.74% 6,208
McCracken 11,183 75.80% 3,251 22.03% 254 1.72% 26 0.18% 40 0.27% 7,932 53.76% 14,754
McCreary 933 23.45% 3,031 76.19% 1 0.03% 3 0.08% 10 0.25% -2,098 -52.74% 3,978
McLean 2,104 64.30% 1,112 33.99% 43 1.31% 2 0.06% 11 0.34% 992 30.32% 3,272
Meade 1,915 70.28% 773 28.37% 29 1.06% 2 0.07% 6 0.22% 1,142 41.91% 2,725
Menifee 1,112 71.10% 435 27.81% 11 0.70% 1 0.06% 5 0.32% 677 43.29% 1,564
Mercer 2,682 61.47% 1,599 36.65% 70 1.60% 4 0.09% 8 0.18% 1,083 24.82% 4,363
Metcalfe 1,683 50.30% 1,640 49.01% 8 0.24% 1 0.03% 14 0.42% 43 1.29% 3,346
Monroe 1,249 30.49% 2,812 68.64% 20 0.49% 0 0.00% 16 0.39% -1,563 -38.15% 4,097
Montgomery 2,731 68.96% 1,083 27.35% 133 3.36% 1 0.03% 12 0.30% 1,648 41.62% 3,960
Morgan 3,488 77.74% 987 22.00% 4 0.09% 6 0.13% 2 0.04% 2,501 55.74% 4,487
Muhlenberg 4,426 55.11% 3,478 43.31% 72 0.90% 22 0.27% 33 0.41% 948 11.80% 8,031
Nelson 3,556 66.64% 1,715 32.14% 46 0.86% 9 0.17% 10 0.19% 1,841 34.50% 5,336
Nicholas 1,885 68.75% 815 29.72% 27 0.98% 0 0.00% 15 0.55% 1,070 39.02% 2,742
Ohio 2,721 44.56% 3,300 54.05% 55 0.90% 5 0.08% 25 0.41% -579 -9.48% 6,106
Oldham 1,703 60.20% 1,036 36.62% 76 2.69% 4 0.14% 10 0.35% 667 23.58% 2,829
Owen 3,056 85.29% 504 14.07% 15 0.42% 2 0.06% 6 0.17% 2,552 71.23% 3,583
Owsley 437 20.22% 1,718 79.50% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 6 0.28% -1,281 -59.28% 2,161
Pendleton 1,958 58.03% 1,373 40.69% 24 0.71% 5 0.15% 14 0.41% 585 17.34% 3,374
Perry 5,614 59.39% 3,755 39.72% 44 0.47% 21 0.22% 19 0.20% 1,859 19.67% 9,453
Pike 11,423 58.16% 8,097 41.22% 56 0.29% 27 0.14% 39 0.20% 3,326 16.93% 19,642
Powell 975 56.92% 719 41.97% 11 0.64% 1 0.06% 7 0.41% 256 14.94% 1,713
Pulaski 3,844 33.40% 7,549 65.59% 68 0.59% 8 0.07% 41 0.36% -3,705 -32.19% 11,510
Robertson 864 65.75% 442 33.64% 6 0.46% 1 0.08% 1 0.08% 422 32.12% 1,314
Rockcastle 1,309 28.68% 3,236 70.90% 8 0.18% 1 0.02% 10 0.22% -1,927 -42.22% 4,564
Rowan 2,097 57.90% 1,502 41.47% 18 0.50% 3 0.08% 2 0.06% 595 16.43% 3,622
Russell 1,191 32.96% 2,404 66.54% 5 0.14% 2 0.06% 11 0.30% -1,213 -33.57% 3,613
Scott 3,548 70.76% 1,352 26.96% 91 1.81% 4 0.08% 19 0.38% 2,196 43.80% 5,014
Shelby 3,840 68.30% 1,626 28.92% 141 2.51% 6 0.11% 9 0.16% 2,214 39.38% 5,622
Simpson 2,752 76.04% 762 21.06% 74 2.04% 4 0.11% 27 0.75% 1,990 54.99% 3,619
Spencer 1,298 71.63% 493 27.21% 19 1.05% 0 0.00% 2 0.11% 805 44.43% 1,812
Taylor 2,415 52.72% 2,087 45.56% 42 0.92% 4 0.09% 33 0.72% 328 7.16% 4,581
Todd 2,929 75.10% 827 21.21% 121 3.10% 4 0.10% 19 0.49% 2,102 53.90% 3,900
Trigg 2,485 73.46% 816 24.12% 69 2.04% 2 0.06% 11 0.33% 1,669 49.33% 3,383
Trimble 1,746 88.72% 194 9.86% 9 0.46% 1 0.05% 18 0.91% 1,552 78.86% 1,968
Union 3,607 81.87% 744 16.89% 37 0.84% 11 0.25% 7 0.16% 2,863 64.98% 4,406
Warren 6,768 60.49% 3,919 35.03% 451 4.03% 7 0.06% 44 0.39% 2,849 25.46% 11,189
Washington 2,121 53.53% 1,813 45.76% 19 0.48% 2 0.05% 7 0.18% 308 7.77% 3,962
Wayne 2,029 44.61% 2,480 54.53% 14 0.31% 11 0.24% 14 0.31% -451 -9.92% 4,548
Webster 3,288 73.74% 1,087 24.38% 57 1.28% 3 0.07% 24 0.54% 2,201 49.36% 4,459
Whitley 2,932 33.88% 5,611 64.84% 57 0.66% 23 0.27% 30 0.35% -2,679 -30.96% 8,653
Wolfe 1,918 70.18% 813 29.75% 0 0.00% 2 0.07% 0 0.00% 1,105 40.43% 2,733
Woodford 2,175 61.18% 1,229 34.57% 142 3.99% 3 0.08% 6 0.17% 946 26.61% 3,555
Totals 466,756 56.74% 341,210 41.48% 10,411 1.27% 1,567 0.19% 2,714 0.33% 125,546 15.26% 822,658

References

  1. ^ "United States Presidential election of 1948 – Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "1948 Election for the Forty-First Term (1949-53)". Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "1948 Presidential General Election Results – Kentucky". Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "The American Presidency Project – Election of 1948". Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Géoelections; Popular Vote for Strom Thurmond (.xlsx file for €15)
  6. ^ a b Géoelections; Popular Vote for Henry Wallace (.xlsx file for €15)
  7. ^ Géoelections; 1948 Presidential Election Popular Vote (.xlsx file for €15)