THE ELECTION: Scoreboard

All week long the votes drifted in from the scattered precincts. By week's end it was clear that the U.S. had given President Dwight Eisenhower a record 34,750,000 votes, with a plurality of 9,300,000 (57.7%) over Democrat Adlai Stevenson, and an electoral total of 457 out of 531. (Total vote cast: 60,180,000, about one million less than 1952's alltime high.) The voters also gave Eisenhower a Democratic Congress, and at the state level slightly increased the number of Democratic governors.

The Democrats went into the 1956 elections with a 49 to 47 edge in the U.S. Senate. For a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!