JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 2117
CHICAGO TRIBUNE'S ELECTION HEADLINE PROVES TO BE WRONG
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) Sixty-eight years ago today, November 2, 1948, the presidential election of 1948 was held between incumbent President Harry S Truman, the Democrat, and Governor Thomas E. Dewey, the Republican. All the pre-election polls had Dewey as the clear favorite.
In order to boost his chances, the President had gone on a nation-wide whistle stop campaign speaking to crowds from his railroad car. He appealed to hard-working American citizens when he said...
"Any working man or farmer who votes against the Democratic party ought to have his head examined."
By the Fall of 1948, Mr. Truman, who took office on the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, was even unpopular in his own Democratic party.
The final totals were...Electoral Votes: Truman (D) 303
Dewey (R) 189
Popular Votes: Truman (D) 24,179,347
Dewey (R) 21,991,292
Chicago Daily Tribune