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United States elections, 1956

Partisan control of Congress and the presidency
Previous party
Incoming party
President Republican Republican
House Democratic Democratic
Senate Democratic Democratic

The 1956 United States general election was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1956. The election saw no major change in power as the Republicans defended the presidency and the Democrats retained control of Congress.

In the presidential election, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Democratic Governor Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois in a re-match of the 1952 election. Eisenhower won the popular vote by fifteen points and once again won every state outside the South. At the Democratic convention, Stevenson easily defeated New York Governor W. Averell Harriman, taking the nomination on the first ballot.

In the House, the party balance of the chamber remained unchanged as Republican and Democratic gains cancelled each other. In the Senate, the Democrats picked up two seats, increasing their majority.

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