1908 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1908 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 3, 1908. This was the first presidential election in which Oklahoma participated. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana voted for the Republican nominee, Secretary of War William Howard Taft, over the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan by a relatively small margin. Taft won Montana by a margin of 4.37 percent. Bryan had previously won Montana by large margins in the 1896 and 1900 presidential elections.

United States presidential election in Montana, 1908

November 3, 1908
  William Howard Taft WilliamJBryan1902 EugeneVictorDebs
Nominee William Howard Taft William Jennings Bryan Eugene V. Debs
Party Republican Democratic Socialist
Home state Ohio Nebraska Indiana
Running mate James S. Sherman John Worth Kern Benjamin Hanford
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 32,333 29,326 5,855
Percentage 47.0% 42.6% 8.5%

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County results

President before election

Theodore Roosevelt
Republican

Elected President

William Howard Taft
Republican

Results

United States presidential election in Montana, 1908[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican William Howard Taft 32,333 46.98% 3
Democratic William Jennings Bryan 29,326 42.61% 0
Socialist Eugene Debs 5,855 8.51% 0
Prohibition Eugene Chafin 827 1.20% 0
Independence Thomas L. Hisgen 481 0.70% 0
Totals 68,822 100.00% 3

Results by county

William Howard Taft
Republican
William Jennings Bryan
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast[2]
County # % # % # % # % #
Beaverhead 878 51.95% 739 43.73% 73 4.32% 139 8.22% 1,690
Broadwater 326 37.86% 495 57.49% 40 4.65% -169 -19.63% 861
Carbon 1,205 52.01% 844 36.43% 268 11.57% 361 15.58% 2,317
Cascade 1,935 44.86% 1,888 43.77% 490 11.36% 47 1.09% 4,313
Chouteau 1,220 54.73% 893 40.06% 116 5.20% 327 14.67% 2,229
Custer 967 60.66% 531 33.31% 96 6.02% 436 27.35% 1,594
Dawson 927 63.67% 439 30.15% 90 6.18% 488 33.52% 1,456
Deer Lodge 1,377 43.67% 1,611 51.09% 165 5.23% -234 -7.42% 3,153
Fergus 1,529 52.43% 1,112 38.13% 275 9.43% 417 14.30% 2,916
Flathead 1,838 49.45% 1,480 39.82% 399 10.73% 358 9.63% 3,717
Gallatin 1,519 47.19% 1,485 46.13% 215 6.68% 34 1.06% 3,219
Granite 369 40.46% 485 53.18% 58 6.36% -116 -12.72% 912
Jefferson 546 39.22% 714 51.29% 132 9.48% -168 -12.07% 1,392
Lewis and Clark 2,033 45.89% 2,062 46.55% 335 7.56% -29 -0.65% 4,430
Madison 964 46.68% 1,029 49.83% 72 3.49% -65 -3.15% 2,065
Meagher 495 59.57% 314 37.79% 22 2.65% 181 21.78% 831
Missoula 1,856 46.15% 1,780 44.26% 386 9.60% 76 1.89% 4,022
Park 1,305 50.92% 952 37.14% 306 11.94% 353 13.77% 2,563
Powell 599 49.63% 560 46.40% 48 3.98% 39 3.23% 1,207
Ravalli 1,045 48.09% 859 39.53% 269 12.38% 186 8.56% 2,173
Rosebud 515 66.03% 235 30.13% 30 3.85% 280 35.90% 780
Sanders 473 55.00% 325 37.79% 62 7.21% 148 17.21% 860
Silver Bow 4,618 33.82% 6,255 45.80% 2,783 20.38% -1,637 -11.99% 13,656
Sweet Grass 526 63.76% 264 32.00% 35 4.24% 262 31.76% 825
Teton 622 60.39% 358 34.76% 50 4.85% 264 25.63% 1,030
Valley 843 59.12% 503 35.27% 80 5.61% 340 23.84% 1,426
Yellowstone 1,803 56.61% 1,114 34.98% 268 8.41% 689 21.63% 3,185
Totals 32,333 46.98% 29,326 42.61% 7,163 10.41% 3,007 4.37% 68,822

References

  1. ^ David Leip. "1908 Presidential General Election Results – Montana". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  2. ^ Robinson, Edgar Eugene; The Presidential Vote 1896-1932, pp. 256-261 ISBN 9780804716963
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