THE NATION: The Will of the People

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Dwight Eisenhower won the presidency of the U.S. in a ballot-box revolution.

The size of the vote was impressive in itself, 55% of the popular vote, 38 states (with Kentucky, Missouri and Louisiana still in doubt 18 hours after the count began) and at least 429 of the 531 electoral votes.

More impressive than the number of votes was the revolutionary quality that appeared when the details of the balloting were set side-by-side with the issues of the campaign and the state of the nation in which the campaign was waged....

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