In the presidential election of 1956, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon defeated Democratic former Governor Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois and his Vice-Presidential running mate Estes Kefauver in a re-match of the 1952 election. Supporters of the president focused on his “personal qualities … his sincerity, his integrity and sense of duty, his virtue as a family man, his religious devotion, and his sheer likeableness,” rather than on his leadership record. With the end of the Korean War and a strong economy, few doubted that the charismatic Eisenhower would be reelected. Stevenson called for a significant increase in government spending on social programs and a decrease in military spending. Eisenhower won the popular vote by fifteen points (57.4% to 42%) and once again won every state outside the South, winning the electoral college 457-73, carrying 41 out of 48 states.