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Lord Wreath
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« on: August 10, 2017, 07:14:17 pm »
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In 1948, Dewey won 48% of the vote, but in 1952 Eisenhower only got 41% in a much better year nationally. What happened?

Here's my take. I can probably guess that some of the pre-FDR Republican coalition came flocking back to Dewey which was bolstered by his regional appeal in the Northeast.

HOWEVER, what the hell happened to Eisenhower!? He was backed by the same Northeastern establishment and embodied much of the Dewey-thinking that had nearly won the city over, yet he severely underperformed here; this was a portent for the Republican Party's decline in Philadelphia.

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 08:54:01 pm »
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Philadelphia County turned into a deep blue county during the FDR years and hasn't gone back since.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 09:56:21 pm »
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Philadelphia County turned into a deep blue county during the FDR years and hasn't gone back since.
Well thanks Captain Obvious, I had no idea!

Read my question again. I *actually* asked what happened between 1948 and 1952 to cause such a change, NOT what caused Philadelphia to turn blue in the first place.
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2017, 11:09:36 pm »
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Probably something to do with the Democratic takeover of the Philadelphia city government in 1951 after decades of Republican City Rule.
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