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United States presidential elections in Delaware

Presidential elections in Delaware
Map of the United States with Delaware highlighted
No. of elections 58
Voted Democrat 22
Voted Republican 20
Voted Whig 4
Voted Democratic-Republican 4
Voted Federalist 6
Voted other 2[a]
Voted for winning candidate 39
Voted for losing candidate 19

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Delaware, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1787, Delaware has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Elections from 1864 to present

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 185,103 41.90 Hillary Clinton 235,581 54.40 - - 3
2012 Barack Obama 242,584 58.61 Mitt Romney 165,484 39.98 - 3
2008 Barack Obama 255,459 61.94 John McCain 152,374 36.95 - 3
2004 George W. Bush 171,660 45.75 John Kerry 200,152 53.35 - 3
2000 George W. Bush 137,288 41.90 Al Gore 180,068 54.96 - 3
1996 Bill Clinton 140,355 51.80 Bob Dole 99,062 36.58 Ross Perot 28,719 10.60 3
1992 Bill Clinton 126,054 43.52 George H. W. Bush 102,313 35.78 Ross Perot 59,213 20.45 3
1988 George H. W. Bush 139,639 55.88 Michael Dukakis 108,647 43.48 - 3
1984 Ronald Reagan 152,190 59.78 Walter Mondale 101,656 39.93 - 3
1980 Ronald Reagan 111,252 47.21 Jimmy Carter 105,754 44.87 John B. Anderson 16,288 6.91 3
1976 Jimmy Carter 122,596 51.98 Gerald Ford 109,831 46.57 - 3
1972 Richard Nixon 140,357 59.60 George McGovern 92,283 39.18 - 3
1968 Richard Nixon 96,714 45.12 Hubert Humphrey 89,194 41.61 George Wallace 28,459 13.28 3
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 122,704 60.95 Barry Goldwater 78,078 38.78 - 3
1960 John F. Kennedy 99,590 50.63 Richard Nixon 96,373 49.00 - 3
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 98,057 55.09 Adlai Stevenson II 79,421 44.62 - 3
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 90,059 51.75 Adlai Stevenson II 83,315 47.88 - 3
1948 Harry S. Truman 67,813 48.76 Thomas E. Dewey 69,588 50.04 Strom Thurmond - - 3
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 68,166 54.38 Thomas E. Dewey 56,747 45.27 - 3
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 74,599 54.70 Wendell Willkie 61,440 45.05 - 3
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 69,702 54.62 Alf Landon 57,236 44.85 - 3
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 54,319 48.11 Herbert Hoover 57,073 50.55 - 3
1928 Herbert Hoover 68,860 65.03 Al Smith 36,643 34.60 - 3
1924 Calvin Coolidge 52,441 57.70 John W. Davis 33,445 36.80 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 4,979 5.48 3
1920 Warren G. Harding 52,858 55.71 James M. Cox 39,911 42.07 Parley P. Christensen 93 0.10 3
1916 Woodrow Wilson 24,753 47.78 Charles E. Hughes 26,011 50.20 - 3
1912 Woodrow Wilson 22,631 46.48 Theodore Roosevelt 8,886 18.25 William H. Taft 15,998 32.85 3
1908 William H. Taft 25,014 52.10 William Jennings Bryan 22,055 45.94 - 3
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 23,705 54.05 Alton B. Parker 19,347 44.11 - 3
1900 William McKinley 22,535 53.67 William Jennings Bryan 18,852 44.90 - 3
1896 William McKinley 20,450 53.18 William Jennings Bryan 16,574 43.10 - 3
1892 Grover Cleveland 18,581 49.90 Benjamin Harrison 18,077 48.55 James B. Weaver - - 3
1888 Benjamin Harrison 12,950 43.51 Grover Cleveland 16,414 55.15 - 3
1884 Grover Cleveland 16,957 56.55 James G. Blaine 12,953 43.20 - 3
1880 James A. Garfield 14,148 48.03 Winfield S. Hancock 15,181 51.53 James B. Weaver 129 0.44 3
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 10,752 44.55 Samuel J. Tilden 13,381 55.45 - 3
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 11,129 51.00 Horace Greeley 10,205 46.76 - 3
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 7,614 41.0 Horatio Seymour 10,957 59.0 - 3
1864 Abraham Lincoln 8,155 48.2 George B. McClellan 8,767 51.8 - 3

Election of 1860

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 3,822 23.7 Stephen A. Douglas 1,066 6.6 John C. Breckinridge 7,339 45.5 John Bell 3,888 24.1 3

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan 8,004 54.83 John C. Frémont 310 2.12 Millard Fillmore 6,275 42.99 3
1852 Franklin Pierce 6,318 49.85 Winfield Scott 6,293 49.66 John P. Hale 62 0.49 3
1848 Zachary Taylor 6,440 51.80 Lewis Cass 5,910 47.54 Martin Van Buren 82 0.66 3
1844 James K. Polk 5,970 48.75 Henry Clay 6,271 51.20 - 3
1840 William Henry Harrison 5,967 54.99 Martin Van Buren 4,872 44.89 - 3
1836 Martin Van Buren 4,154 46.70 William Henry Harrison 4,736 53.24 various[c] no ballots 3
1832 Andrew Jackson 4,110 49.01 Henry Clay 4,276 50.99 William Wirt no ballots 3
1828 Andrew Jackson no popular vote John Quincy Adams no popular vote - 3

Election of 1824

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
Notes
1824 Andrew Jackson no popular vote - John Quincy Adams no popular vote - Henry Clay no popular vote - William H. Crawford no popular vote - 3 Electoral votes split 2 (Crawford) to 1 (Adams).

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 4 of Delaware'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.

In elections from 1792 to 1816, Delaware did not conduct a popular vote. Each Elector was appointed by the state legislature.

Year Winner (nationally) Loser (nationally) Electoral
Votes
Notes
1820 James Monroe - 3 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 3
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 4
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 3
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 3
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 3
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 3
1792 George Washington - 3 Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89 George Washington - 3 Washington effectively ran unopposed.

Notes

  1. ^ 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. ^ 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 Hugh Lawson White, Daniel Webster, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in Delaware.