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The Roots of Modern ConservatismDewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party$
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Michael Bowen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834855

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869192_bowen

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The Great Republican Mystery, 1951–1952

The Great Republican Mystery, 1951–1952

(p.109) Five The Great Republican Mystery, 1951–1952
The Roots of Modern Conservatism

Michael Bowen

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the 1950 election results, which did nothing to quell Republican factionalism as both Taft and Dewey saw the outcomes as further justification for their electoral strategies. As the GOP made preparations for the 1952 presidential campaign, the national political climate remained fairly static. The Korean conflict continued in stalemate, while McCarthy's crusade grew more aggressive and maintained high levels of public support. The economic picture looked to be one of ever-increasing prosperity with inflation weighing lightly on the minds of the voters. Inside the Republican organization, however, the mood transformed dramatically with rumors that General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the architect of D-Day, would seek the nomination. “Ike” regularly voted as a Republican, but since military code prevented him from making public political statements while on active duty, his party affiliation was largely unknown.

Keywords:   1950 election results, Republican factionalism, Taft, Dewey, electoral strategies

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