United States presidential elections in Alaska

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Alaska, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1959, Alaska has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[a]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 163,387 51.28 Hillary Clinton 116,454 36.55 - 3
2012 Barack Obama 122,640 40.81 Mitt Romney 164,676 54.80 - 3
2008 Barack Obama 123,594 37.89 John McCain 193,841 59.42 - 3
2004 George W. Bush 190,889 61.07 John Kerry 111,025 35.52 - 3
2000 George W. Bush 167,398 58.62 Al Gore 79,004 27.67 - 3
1996 Bill Clinton 80,380 33.27 Bob Dole 122,746 50.80 Ross Perot 26,333 10.90 3
1992 Bill Clinton 78,294 30.29 George H. W. Bush 102,000 39.46 Ross Perot 73,481 28.43 3
1988 George H. W. Bush 119,251 59.59 Michael Dukakis 72,584 36.27 - 3
1984 Ronald Reagan 138,377 66.65 Walter Mondale 62,007 29.87 - 3
1980 Ronald Reagan 86,112 54.35 Jimmy Carter 41,842 26.41 John B. Anderson 11,155 7.04 3
1976 Jimmy Carter 44,058 35.65 Gerald Ford 71,555 57.90 - 3
1972 Richard Nixon 55,349 58.13 George McGovern 32,967 34.62 - 3
1968 Richard Nixon 37,600 45.28 Hubert Humphrey 35,411 42.65 George Wallace 10,024 12.07 3
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 44,329 65.91 Barry Goldwater 22,930 34.09 - 3
1960 John F. Kennedy 29,809 49.06 Richard Nixon 30,953 50.94 - 3
Presidential elections in Alaska
Map of the United States with Alaska highlighted
No. of elections15
Voted Democratic1
Voted Republican14
Voted other0
Voted for winning candidate9
Voted for losing candidate6
Presidential vote in Alaska
A line graph showing the presidential vote by party from 1960 to 2016 in Alaska.

Notes

  1. ^ 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.
1960 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1960 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 8, 1960, as part of the 1960 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent Vice-President Richard Nixon (R-California) with 50.9% of the popular vote against U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) with 49.1%. Kennedy ultimately won the national vote however, defeating Nixon. This was the very first presidential election that Alaska participated in.

1964 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1964 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 3, 1964, as part of the 1964 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Texas) with 65.9% of the popular vote against U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater (R-Arizona) with 34.1%. Johnson won the national vote as well, defeating Goldwater and serving a full term after finishing the assassinated John F. Kennedy’s term. This is the first and only presidential election when Alaska has ever voted for a Democratic candidate, partially due to Johnson’s landslide victory throughout the rest of the country (except for the Deep South and Goldwater’s home state), and partially because during its first four presidential elections Alaska was not anomalously Republican relative to the nation at-large, which the state would become and remain very strongly from 1976 onwards. Indeed, despite Johnson’s landslide, Alaska came out of the 1964 election as 4.63 percent more Democratic than the nation at-large on a two-party basis.

At a more local level, all boroughs and census areas voted for Johnson, and the relatively populous boroughs of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Fairbanks North Star, Ketchikan Gateway and Kodiak Island have never voted for a Democratic candidate since – although Matanuska-Susitna was the most populous amongst fifteen county-equivalents who gave a plurality to Ross Perot in 1992. The Aleutians East and Aleutians West have also not voted Democratic since.

Alaska was one of the three states that voted with a certain party for the first time in this election, the other two being Georgia and Vermont.

1968 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1968 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 5, 1968, as part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by Richard Nixon (R-California) with 45.3 percent of the popular vote against incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey (D-Minnesota) with 42.6 percent. Nixon ultimately won the national vote as well, defeating Humphrey and becoming the next President. Former Governor George Wallace (D-Alabama) ran under the far-right American Independent Party ticket, which favored continuing racial segregation within public schools in addition to most other areas of society throughout the Southern United States. Although unsuccessful, Wallace’s third party campaign was one of the strongest in the 20th century, rivaling the performance of Theodore Roosevelt in 1912, Robert M. La Follette in 1924 and Ross Perot in 1992.Alaska has only voted Democratic once, and that was in the previous 1964 election for incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson, who did not run for re-election; nonetheless, during the state’s first four presidential elections Alaska was little or no more Republican than the nation at-large. Nixon’s 45.28 percent stood 1.86 percent above his national figure and Humphrey’s 42.65 percent a trifling 0.07 percent below his national total. As usual, the Democrats were strongest in the Bering Sea coastal regions: Humphrey obtained a majority of the vote in Bethel Census Area, North Slope Borough, Northwest Arctic Borough and a plurality in Nome Census Area. Defections to Wallace may have permitted Humphrey to win a plurality in Kenai Peninsula Borough, which as of 2017 remain the last time a Democrat has carried this borough; Humphrey also carried Sitka City and Borough and Yakutat City and Borough, which would subsequently vote Democratic only in 1992, 2012 and (Sitka only) in 2016. Nixon won the remainder of Alaska; however he obtained an absolute majority only in the southern boroughs and census areas of Wrangell and Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan.Despite Alaska lying at the opposite end of the country from Wallace’s support base in the Deep South, he did not fare badly in the relatively heavily populated areas of Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula and the Susitna Valley: indeed in Kenai Peninsula Borough Wallace received over twenty percent of the vote. Wallace’s 12.07 percent of Alaska’s vote was 1.46 percent below his percentage for the nation at-large, but nonetheless his third-greatest outside antebellum slave states and Oklahoma behind 13.25 percent in Nevada and 12.55 percent in Idaho.

1972 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1972 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (R-California) with 58.1% of the popular vote against George McGovern (D-South Dakota) with 34.6%. Although Alaska has only voted Democratic once, which was for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, during the state’s first four presidential elections Alaska was no more Republican than the nation at-large: indeed owing to a fairly strong third-party campaign Nixon won 2.57 percent less of the vote in Alaska that over the entire country, although McGovern received 2.88 percent less than his national share. McGovern won small majorities in Yukon–Koyukuk and Bethel Census Areas, and the Democrats also received a plurality in North Slope Borough. Elsewhere, Nixon carried every borough and census area, with as typical the Republicans’ most dominant showings being in the relatively heavily populated areas around Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.Nixon ultimately won the national vote as well, defeating McGovern and winning re-election. Representative John G. Schmitz (R-California) ran under the American Independent Party ticket. While Alaska would prove to be Schmitz's second strongest state after Idaho, he failed to equal the success of George Wallace’s campaign in the previous election.

1976 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1976 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 2, 1976, as part of the 1976 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent President Gerald Ford (R-Michigan) with 57.9% of the popular vote against Jimmy Carter (D-Georgia) with 35.7%. Carter ultimately won the national vote however, defeating Ford and becoming the next President. Alaska has only voted Democratic once, and that was in 1964 for Lyndon B. Johnson.

With 57.9% of the popular vote, Alaska would prove to be Ford's fifth strongest state in the 1976 election after Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nebraska.Libertarian candidate Roger MacBride also had his strongest showing in Alaska, which would continue to provide a base of votes for the new party.

1980 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1980 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 4, 1980, as part of the 1980 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by Ronald Reagan (R–California) with 54.3% of the popular vote against incumbent President Jimmy Carter (D–Georgia) with 26.4%. Reagan ultimately won the national vote, defeating Carter and becoming the next President. Alaska has only voted Democratic once, and that was in 1964 for Lyndon B. Johnson.

Libertarian candidate Ed Clark had his strongest showing in Alaska and set the record for the best performance of a Libertarian Presidential candidate on a statewide level. He also beat Independent candidate John B. Anderson in this state despite Anderson winning more votes than Clark nationally.

1984 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1984 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 6, 1984, as part of the 1984 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent President Ronald Reagan (R-California) with almost two-thirds of the popular vote against Walter Mondale (D-Minnesota) with 29.9%. Reagan ultimately won the national vote, winning re-election. Alaska has only voted Democratic once, and that was in 1964 for Lyndon B. Johnson. Libertarian candidate David Bergland also had his best performance in this state, but did not receive nearly as much support as Ed Clark did in the previous election four years earlier.

1988 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1988 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 8, 1988. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Alaska voters chose 3 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent United States Vice President George H. W. Bush of Texas, who was running against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Bush ran with Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as Vice President, and Dukakis ran with Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

Alaska weighed in for this election as 6% more Republican than the national average.

1992 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1992 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 3, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent President George H.W. Bush (R-Texas) with 39.4% of the popular vote over Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) with 30.2%. Bush won Alaska by a margin of 9.2%. Businessman Ross Perot (I-Texas) finished in third, with 28.4% of the popular vote. Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush. Alaska has only voted Democratic once, and that was in 1964 for Lyndon B. Johnson. It was also the last time a Republican only won the state of Alaska by a single digit margin of victory.

With 28.43% of the popular vote, Alaska would prove to be Perot's second strongest state after Maine. Alaska was also one of seven states to give a county to Perot. The others being California, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Nevada and Texas. Alaska awarded Perot Denali Borough.

1996 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 1996 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 7, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), with Dole winning 50.80% to 33.27% over President Bill Clinton (D) by a margin of 17.53%. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform-TX) finished in third, with 10.9% of the popular vote.

With 50.8% of the popular vote, Alaska proved to be Dole's fifth strongest state in the 1996 election after Utah, Kansas, Nebraska and Idaho.

2000 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 2000 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by Governor George W. Bush by a 31.0% margin of victory. Green party nominee Ralph Nader had his best performance here in 2000, obtaining over 10% of the vote. Al Gore received 28% of the vote.

2004 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 2004 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 2, 2004, and was part of the 2004 United States presidential election. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent President George W. Bush by a 25.6% margin of victory. Prior to the election, all 12 news organizations considered this a state Bush would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. It has voted for a Republican presidential nominee in every presidential election since statehood, except for 1964.

2008 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 2008 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 4, 2008, as part of the 2008 United States presidential election held throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Voters chose 3 electors, or representatives to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by Republican nominee John McCain with a 21.5% margin of victory. Prior to the election, all 17 news organizations considered this a state McCain would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. Democratic nominee Barack Obama did, however, perform better in 2008 than Democratic nominee John Kerry did in 2004.

The presence of popular Governor Sarah Palin on the ticket as the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee appeared to help. The McCain-Palin ticket received just a slightly smaller percentage of Alaskan votes than did Bush-Cheney in 2004 despite the nation's swinging Democrat by nearly 5% (48.3% to 52.9%). Polls from April until August indeed showed John McCain with a slim lead, with one poll taken in early August showing Obama five points ahead. However, from when Sarah Palin was announced as McCain's running mate on August 29, polls showed John McCain consistently ahead. RealClearPolitics gave the state an average of 55.8% for McCain, compared to 41.3% for Obama.

2012 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 2012 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 United States presidential election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Alaska voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, against Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan.

Prior to the election, 17 news organizations considered this a state Romney would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. Mitt Romney won the state of Alaska with 54.80% of the vote. Barack Obama received 40.81% of the vote. This was the first time since 1968 that a Democrat received more than 40% of the vote in Alaska. No Democrat has won Alaska since it was won by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. While the Republicans handily won its 3 electoral votes, Alaska's 2012 result made it one of just six states to swing toward President Obama between 2008 and 2012; in 2008 Alaska had been won by Republican nominee John McCain with a 21.5% margin of victory. This can be explained by the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee being Sarah Palin, the incumbent Governor of Alaska at the time.

Obama closed his margin of defeat in Alaska by 7.55% compared to his 2008 loss, making it the state with the strongest Democratic gain in 2012.

2016 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 2016 United States presidential election in Alaska was held on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 United States presidential election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Alaska voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting the Republican Party's nominee, businessman Donald Trump, and running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

Alaska voters expressed their preferences for the Democratic presidential nomination in caucuses on March 26. They expressed their preferences for the Republican presidential nomination in caucuses on March 1.

Donald Trump won the election in Alaska with 51.28% of the vote. Hillary Clinton received 36.55% of the vote. This marked a return to Alaska's streak of giving Democrats under 40% of the vote after Barack Obama won just over 40% in 2012. Alaska has voted Republican in every election since 1968, and since its admission to the Union in 1959, it has only voted for the Democratic candidate on one occasion: President Lyndon B. Johnson's win in 1964.

The state is known for supporting third parties, including Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in the 2012 election, in which Alaska was his third-strongest state. He reran as the Libertarian Party's nominee for the 2016 election and appeared on the ballot in Alaska, garnering 5.88% of the vote, making Alaska again his third strongest state after New Mexico and North Dakota. Johnson's performance was the best for a Libertarian since 1980 and the best third party performance since Ralph Nader in 2000.

2020 United States presidential election in Alaska

The 2020 United States presidential election in Alaska is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. Alaska voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Alaska has 3 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of May 2019, Donald Trump and Bill Weld are the declared Republican candidates. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.

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