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Oct. 8, 1952:: Members of the Young Industry for Eisenhower prepare 35-foot IKE balloon before the GOP presidential candidate's arrival at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium. This photo was published in the Oct. 9, 1952, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Carrick / Los Angeles Times

July 11, 1952: Sen. Richard M. Nixon and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower celebrate their nominations at the Republican National Convention in Chicago. The candidate are flanked by their wives Pat Nixon, left, and Mamie Eisenhower.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

July 28, 1952: While staying at the Ambassador Hotel, Sen. Richard Nixon rolls up his sleeves and loosens his tie while preparing a speech to be given at a hometown welcome in Whittier after winning the GOP nomination for vice president.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 5, 1952: Sen. Richard Nixon waves during a parade to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 5, 1952: On stage at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum are from left: California Gov. Earl Warren; Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower; Frank C. Hilton, VFW commander in chief; Wayne E. Richards Jr.; California Sen. Richard Nixon; and James W. Cothran Sr.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Sept. 23, 1952: Republican vice presidential nominee Sen. Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, at a television studio where he delivered his famous "Checkers" speech. This photo was published in the Sept. 24, 1952, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

August 1952: Eisenhower backers from left, Fred Fenton, Robert Foster and Charles Fenton hang homemade "We LIke Ike" sign with electric Christmas lights on their Beverly Hills home. The boys' mother, Mrs. Jean Foster, was an Adlai Stevenson supporter. This photo was published in the Aug. 4, 1952, Los Angeles Times.

Oct. 31, 1952: GOP vice president nominee Sen. Richard Nixon speaks to supporters in Redondo Beach. This photo was published in the Nov. 1, 1952, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 4, 1952: Sen. Richard Nixon at his Whittier polling place after 10-hour nonstop flight from Boston. He greets his neighbors Mrs. Jo Hoover, left, holding Donnie, 16 months, and Mrs. Caroline Whitehouse, holding Laurie, 2. This photo was published in the Nov. 5, 1952, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Phil Bath / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 6, 1952: M. B. Swan blows an auto horn after winning his bet that Eisenhower would win the 1952 election. Lou Poncher, left, lost the bet, wears barrel and pushes Swan at the intersection of Victory and Lankershim boulevards in North Hollywood. This photo was published in the Nov. 7, 1952, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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The 1952 Eisenhower-Nixon campaign

On July 11, 1952, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Richard Nixon were nominated for president and vice president at the Republican National Convention in Chicago. They went on to beat the Democratic ticket of Gov. Adlai Stevenson II and Sen. John Sparkman.

The Nov. 5, 1952, Los Angeles Times reported on the election results:

Carrying California into the Republican column for the first time in 20 years and piling up a State lead that mounted toward 300,000, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon swamped the Stevenson-Sparkman ticket yesterday as voters piled up the greatest ballot total in the State’s history.

Not only winning California’s 32 electoral votes in the triumphant stride, the GOP Presidential nominees apparently carried several Republican Congressional candidates to victory in districts hitherto regarded as safe for Democratic nominees.

Eisenhower won in Los Angeles County by more than 145,000 in partial returns that indicated a probable majority here of 200,000 and ran ahead of Stevenson in some Southern California areas by as much as 10 to 1.

This previous From the Archive post reported on Nixon’s 1952 “Checkers” speech.

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