United States presidential elections in Virginia

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Presidential elections in Virginia
Map of the United States with Virginia highlighted
No. of elections 56
Voted Democrat 29
Voted Republican 16
Voted Democratic-Republican 8
Voted other 3[a]
Voted for winning candidate 39
Voted for losing candidate 17

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Virginia, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1788, Virginia has participated in every U.S. presidential election except the election of 1864 during the American Civil War, when the state had seceded to join the Confederacy, and the election of 1868, when the state was undergoing Reconstruction.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Elections from 1864 to present[edit]

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 1,769,443 44.43 Hillary Clinton 1,981,473 49.75 - 13
2012 Barack Obama 1,971,820 51.16 Mitt Romney 1,822,522 47.28 - 13
2008 Barack Obama 1,959,532 52.63 John McCain 1,725,005 46.33 - 13
2004 George W. Bush 1,716,959 53.68 John Kerry 1,454,742 45.48 - 13
2000 George W. Bush 1,437,490 52.47 Al Gore 1,217,290 44.44 - 13
1996 Bill Clinton 1,091,060 45.15 Bob Dole 1,138,350 47.1 Ross Perot 159,861 6.62 13
1992 Bill Clinton 1,038,650 40.59 George H. W. Bush 1,150,517 44.97 Ross Perot 348,639 13.63 13
1988 George H. W. Bush 1,309,162 59.74 Michael Dukakis 859,799 39.23 - 12
1984 Ronald Reagan 1,337,078 62.29 Walter Mondale 796,250 37.09 - 12
1980 Ronald Reagan 989,609 53.03 Jimmy Carter 752,174 40.31 John B. Anderson 95,418 5.11 12
1976 Jimmy Carter 813,896 47.96 Gerald Ford 836,554 49.29 - 12
1972 Richard Nixon 988,493 67.84 George McGovern 438,887 30.12 - 12 electoral vote split: 11 to Nixon, 1 to John Hospers (faithless elector)
1968 Richard Nixon 590,319 43.36 Hubert Humphrey 442,387 32.49 George Wallace 321,833 23.64 12
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 558,038 53.54 Barry Goldwater 481,334 46.18 - 12
1960 John F. Kennedy 362,327 46.97 Richard Nixon 404,521 52.44 - 12
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 386,459 55.37 Adlai Stevenson II 267,760 38.36 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
42,964 6.16 12
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 349,037 56.32 Adlai Stevenson II 268,677 43.36 - 12
1948 Harry S. Truman 200,786 47.89 Thomas E. Dewey 172,070 41.04 Strom Thurmond 43,393 10.35 11
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 242,276 62.36 Thomas E. Dewey 145,243 37.39 - 11
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 235,961 68.08 Wendell Willkie 109,363 31.55 - 11
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 234,980 70.23 Alf Landon 98,336 29.39 - 11
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 203,979 68.46 Herbert Hoover 89,637 30.09 - 11
1928 Herbert Hoover 164,609 53.91 Al Smith 140,146 45.90 - 12
1924 Calvin Coolidge 73,312 32.79 John W. Davis 139,716 62.48 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 10,377 4.64 12
1920 Warren G. Harding 87,456 37.85 James M. Cox 141,670 61.32 Parley P. Christensen 243 0.11 12
1916 Woodrow Wilson 101,840 66.99 Charles E. Hughes 48,384 31.83 - 12
1912 Woodrow Wilson 90,332 65.95 Theodore Roosevelt 21,776 15.90 William H. Taft 23,288 17.00 12
1908 William H. Taft 52,572 38.36 William Jennings Bryan 82,946 60.52 - 12
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 48,180 36.95 Alton B. Parker 80,649 61.84 - 12
1900 William McKinley 115,769 43.82 William Jennings Bryan 146,079 55.29 - 12
1896 William McKinley 135,379 45.94 William Jennings Bryan 154,708 52.50 - 12
1892 Grover Cleveland 164,136 56.17 Benjamin Harrison 113,098 38.70 James B. Weaver 12,275 4.20 12
1888 Benjamin Harrison 150,399 49.46 Grover Cleveland 152,004 49.99 - 12
1884 Grover Cleveland 145,491 51.05 James G. Blaine 139,356 48.90 - 12
1880 James A. Garfield 83,533 39.47 Winfield S. Hancock 128,083 60.53 - 11
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 95,518 40.42 Samuel J. Tilden 140,770 59.58 - 11
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 93,463 50.47 Horace Greeley 91,647 49.49 - 11
1868 Ulysses S. Grant Horatio Seymour - No vote due to status of Reconstruction.
1864 Abraham Lincoln George B. McClellan - No vote due to secession.

Election of 1860[edit]

The election of 1860 was a complex realigning election in which the breakdown of the previous two-party alignment culminated in four parties each competing for influence in different parts of the country. The result of the election, with the victory of an ardent opponent of slavery, spurred the secession of eleven states and brought about the American Civil War.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
1860 Abraham Lincoln 1,887 1.1 Stephen A. Douglas 16,198 9.7 John C. Breckinridge 74,325 44.5 John Bell 74,481 44.6 15

Elections from 1828 to 1856[edit]

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan 90,083 59.96 John C. Frémont no ballots Millard Fillmore 60,150 40.04 15
1852 Franklin Pierce 73,872 55.71 Winfield Scott 58,732 44.29 John P. Hale no ballots 15
1848 Zachary Taylor 45,265 49.20 Lewis Cass 46,739 50.80 Martin Van Buren no ballots 17
1844 James K. Polk 50,679 53.05 Henry Clay 44,860 46.95 - 17
1840 William Henry Harrison 42,637 49.35 Martin Van Buren 43,757 50.65 - 23
1836 Martin Van Buren 30,556 56.64 Hugh Lawson White 23,384 43.35 various[d] 23
1832 Andrew Jackson 34,243 74.96 Henry Clay 11,436 25.03 William Wirt 3 0.01 23
1828 Andrew Jackson 26,854 68.99 John Quincy Adams 12,070 31.01 - 24

Election of 1824[edit]

The election of 1824 was a complex realigning election following the collapse of the prevailing Democratic-Republican Party, resulting in four different candidates each claiming to carry the banner of the party, and competing for influence in different parts of the country. The election was the only one in history to be decided by the House of Representatives under the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution after no candidate secured a majority of the electoral vote. It was also the only presidential election in which the candidate who received a plurality of electoral votes (Andrew Jackson) did not become President, a source of great bitterness for Jackson and his supporters, who proclaimed the election of Adams a corrupt bargain.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
1824 Andrew Jackson 2,975 19.35 John Quincy Adams 3,419 22.24 Henry Clay 419 2.73 William H. Crawford 8,558 55.68 24

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820[edit]

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 25 of Virginia's electoral votes, and all electoral votes nationwide except one vote in New Hampshire. To the extent that a popular vote was held, it was primarily directed to filling the office of Vice President.

Year Winner (nationally) Loser (nationally) Electoral
Votes
Notes
1820 James Monroe - 25 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 25
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 25
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 24
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 24
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 21
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 21 Electoral vote split, twenty for Jefferson, one for Adams.
1792 George Washington - 21 Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89 George Washington - 10 Washington effectively ran unopposed.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ John Bell, 1860; George Washington, 1788-89, 1792.
  2. ^ a b For purposes of these lists, other national candidates are defined as those who won at least one electoral vote, or won at least ten percent of the vote in multiple states.
  3. ^ Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina
  4. ^ Three other candidates ran and received electoral votes nationally as part of the unsuccessful Whig strategy to defeat Martin Van Buren by running four candidates with local appeal in different regions of the country. The others were William Henry Harrison, Daniel Webster, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in Virginia.