The Republican candidate, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower won the state over Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson by a margin of 154,753 votes, or 11.22%. Eisenhower went on to win the election nationally, with 442 electoral votes and a commanding 10.9% lead over Stevenson in the popular vote.
Incumbent President Harry S. Truman was the last President who was unaffected by the term limit imposed under the 22nd Amendment, but decided as early as 1950 that he would not seek another term. Eisenhower was the first Republican presidential nominee to win Minnesota (which had otherwise normally been a Democratic stronghold) since the Stock Market Crash of 1929, and the first Republican elected to the presidency since Herbert Hoover left office in 1933. Until the 2016 presidential election, this was the last time that the state was more Republican than the national average. This was also the last time Swift County voted Republican until 2016.
On March 18, 1952, Minnesota held a Presidential Primary for the first time since 1916.
|United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1952|
|Republican||Dwight D. Eisenhower||763,211||55.33%||11|
|Socialist Labor||Eric Hass||2,383||0.17%||0|
|Socialist Workers||Farrell Dobbs||618||0.04%||0|
- "U.S. presidential election, 1952". Facts on File. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
Eisenhower, born in Texas, considered a resident of New York, and headquartered at the time in Paris, finally decided to run for the Republican nomination
- "1952 Presidential Election Results, 1952". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
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