The 1948 Republican National Convention
At the convention in Philadelphia, Harold Stassen, Arthur Vandenburg, and Robert Taft meet in a hotel room in order to devise a "Stop Dewey" movement. After a lot of negotiations, the three men agree to unite behind Stassen. After the first ballot, Taft and Vandenburg withdraw and endorse Stassen. On the seventh ballot, Stassen is made the Republican nominee for President. As a show of good faith to Taft, he selects Indiana Senator Homer Capehart as his running mate.The 1948 Democratic National Convention
With a mood of deep depression hanging over the Convention, the party renominates President Truman, who selects Kentucky Senator Alben Barkley as his Vice President. Following a fiery Civil Rights speech by Minnesota Senatorial Candidate Hubert Humphrey, the delegations from South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana walk out of the convention.The 1948 State's Rights Convention
After walking out of the DNC, Southern leaders meet in Birmingham, and nominate a ticket of South Carolina Governor J. Strom Thurmond, and Mississippi Governor Fielding Wright.The 1948 Presidential Election
Even as Truman launched into a blistering attack on him, Stassen returned in kind, saying that these attacks were "the last attempt of a desperate man." On election day, the American public agreed, and gave the election to Stassen.Harold Stassen/Homer Capehart: 50.8% PV, 352 EVHarry Truman/Alben Barkley:42.7% PV, 132 EV Strom Thurmond/Fielding Wright: 5.5% PV, 47 EVHenry Wallace/Glen Taylor: 1% PV, 0 EVThe 1948 Congressional Elections
Despite the Presidential landslide, the GOP loses a majority in the Senate, as the Democrats pick up seats in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. They pick up several seats in the House.House Results:Republicans: 264 (+18)Democrats: 171 (-17)
Senate Results:Democrats: 51 (+6)Republicans: 45 (-6)
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