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Odd details from U.S. elections past

  • In 1952, Dwight Eisenhower ran against Adlai Stevenson. Nationwide, voters exceeded 40% of the population.
  • That year, Mississippi and Alabama managed less than 14%, while South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Alaska did not reach 20%.
  • In 2016, the national turnout percentage fell just short of 45% with every state exceeding 30%.
  • Just four years ago, the lowest states (all below 40%) were: Hawaii, Texas, California, West Virginia, New Mexico, Arkansas, Tennessee and New York.
  • In 1952 and 2016, the only reliable Republican states for both elections were: Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Utah.
  • In 1952 and 2016, the only reliable Democratic states for both elections were: zip, nada and none.
  • In 1940, three Progressive Party candidates were elected to the House of Representatives.
  • In 1996, Natural Law Party congressional candidates received over half a million votes.
  • The Green Party accomplished the same feat in 2008.
  • Non-aligned congressional candidates received over 1.2 million votes in 1992.
  • In 1942, the Farmer-Labor Party and the American Labor Party each seated one member of the House of Representatives.