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Why did Dwight D. Eisenhower win the 1952 presidential election?

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There are a few reasons why Dwight D. Eisenhower won the election of 1952. One reason dealt with the Korean War. The Korean War had bogged down after the first nine months of fighting. Most of the fighting was now confined to the area around the 38th parallel, which was the border between North and South Korea. As the war dragged on, Truman’s popularity declined. It was one reason why Truman chose not to run again. Since Truman was a Democrat, this displeasure was transferred to the Democratic Party and its candidate, Adlai Stevenson, in 1952 as well. The Democrats had been in power for 20 years and some people felt it was time for a change.

Another factor for Eisenhower’s victory was his popularity. He was a hero from World War II. People had a great deal of respect for him and he was well liked. These factors helped him win the election in 1952.

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Dwight Eisenhower won the presidency in 1952 largely because he was so popular from World War II.  He had been the leader of the Allied forces in Europe and was greatly respected because of that.

Eisenhower was helped by the fact that he was running against a weak opponent -- Adlai Stevenson.  Stevenson was not seen as a very strong personality.  Eisenhower clearly was.  People thought that this was vey important because they thought it would be one indication that Ike would be better able to stand up to the communists.

So I'd say he won for two reason -- his huge popularity from the war and his image as a tougher guy than Stevenson.

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Dwight D Eisenhower achieved a landslide victory in the 1952 presidential election and defeated the democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson. The main election issues were the spread of communism, foreign policy and corruption in the government. Since the economy was prospering, it did not play much role in the elections. 

Eisenhower was a five-star general, commander of the allied forces in Europe during World War II and was the first supreme commander of NATO. He was seen as a much more decisive personality compared to Stevenson, who was considered an intellectual and excellent orator. Eisenhower's main election campaign focused on the failure of the outgoing democrat administrations on Korea, Communism and Corruption. 

The decisive personality and track record of Eisenhower coupled with the discontent with previous government, complemented by the weak democrat candidate, led to Eisenhower's victory.