United States presidential elections in Arizona

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Arizona, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1912, Arizona 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 1,252,401 48.08 Hillary Clinton 1,161,167 44.58 - 11
2012 Barack Obama 1,025,232 44.59 Mitt Romney 1,233,654 53.65 - 11
2008 Barack Obama 1,034,707 45.12 John McCain 1,230,111 53.64 - 10
2004 George W. Bush 1,104,294 54.87 John Kerry 893,524 44.40 - 10
2000 George W. Bush 781,652 51.02 Al Gore 685,341 44.73 - 8
1996 Bill Clinton 653,288 46.52 Bob Dole 622,073 44.29 Ross Perot 112,072 7.98 8
1992 Bill Clinton 543,050 36.52 George H. W. Bush 572,086 38.47 Ross Perot 353,741 23.79 8
1988 George H. W. Bush 702,541 59.95 Michael Dukakis 454,029 38.74 - 7
1984 Ronald Reagan 681,416 66.42 Walter Mondale 333,854 32.54 - 7
1980 Ronald Reagan 529,688 60.61 Jimmy Carter 246,843 28.24 John B. Anderson 76,952 8.81 6
1976 Jimmy Carter 295,602 39.80 Gerald Ford 418,642 56.37 - 6
1972 Richard Nixon 402,812 61.64 George McGovern 198,540 30.38 - 6
1968 Richard Nixon 266,721 54.78 Hubert Humphrey 170,514 35.02 George Wallace 46,573 9.56 5
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 237,753 49.45 Barry Goldwater 242,535 50.45 - 5
1960 John F. Kennedy 176,781 44.36 Richard Nixon 221,241 55.52 - 4
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 176,990 60.99 Adlai Stevenson II 112,880 38.90 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[b]
303 0.10 4
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 152,042 58.35 Adlai Stevenson II 108,528 41.65 - 4
1948 Harry S. Truman 95,251 53.79 Thomas E. Dewey 77,597 43.82 Strom Thurmond - 4
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 80,926 58.8 Thomas E. Dewey 56,287 40.9 - 4
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 95,267 63.49 Wendell Willkie 54,030 36.01 - 3
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 86,722 69.85 Alf Landon 33,433 26.93 - 3
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 79,264 67.03 Herbert Hoover 36,104 30.53 - 3
1928 Herbert Hoover 52,533 57.57 Al Smith 38,537 42.23 - 3
1924 Calvin Coolidge 30,516 41.26 John W. Davis 26,235 35.47 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 17,210 23.27 3
1920 Warren G. Harding 37,016 55.61 James M. Cox 29,546 44.39 - 3
1916 Woodrow Wilson 33,170 57.17 Charles E. Hughes 20,524 35.37 - 3
1912 Woodrow Wilson 10,324 43.52 Theodore Roosevelt 6,949 29.29 William H. Taft 3,021 12.74 3
Presidential elections in Arizona
Map of the United States with Arizona highlighted
No. of elections27
Voted Democratic8
Voted Republican19
Voted other0
Voted for winning candidate21
Voted for losing candidate6

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.
  2. ^ Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina
1916 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1916 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 7, 1916, as part of the 1916 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by incumbent President Woodrow Wilson (D–New Jersey), running with incumbent Vice President Thomas R. Marshall, with 57.17% of the popular vote, against Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Charles Evans Hughes (R–New York), running with former Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks, with 35.37% of the popular vote.

1924 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1924 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 4, 1924, as part of the 1924 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by incumbent President Calvin Coolidge (R–Massachusetts), running with Director of the Bureau of the Budget Charles G. Dawes, with 41.26 percent of the popular vote, against former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom John W. Davis (D–West Virginia), running with Governor of Nebraska Charles W. Bryan, with 35.47 percent of the popular vote, and U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Robert M. La Follette Sr. (P-Wisconsin) running with U.S. Senator from Montana Burton K. Wheeler.

1928 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1928 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 6, 1928, as part of the 1928 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover (R–California), running with U.S. Senator from Kansas Charles Curtis, with 57.57% of the popular vote, against Governor of New York Al Smith (D–New York), running with U.S. Senator from Arkansas Joseph Taylor Robinson, with 42.23% of the popular vote.

1932 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1932 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 8, 1932, as part of the 1932 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by Governor of New York Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Speaker of the House John Nance Garner, with 67.03% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Herbert Hoover (R–California), running with incumbent Vice President Charles Curtis, with 30.53% of the popular vote.

1936 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1936 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 3, 1936, as part of the 1936 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with incumbent Vice President John Nance Garner, with 69.85 percent of the popular vote, against Governor of Kansas Alf Landon (R–Kansas), running with publisher Frank Knox, with 26.93 percent of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the best showing for a Democratic presidential candidate in Arizona.

1940 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1940 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 5, 1940, as part of the 1940 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace, with 63.49 percent of the popular vote, against President of Commonwealth and Southern Wendell Willkie (R–New York), running with Senate Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 36.01 percent of the popular vote.

1944 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1944 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 7, 1944, as part of the 1944 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Senator Harry S. Truman, with 58.80 percent of the popular vote, against Governor Thomas Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor John W. Bricker, with 40.90 percent of the popular vote.

1952 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1952 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 4, 1952, as part of the 1952 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by Columbia University President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–New York), running with Senator Richard Nixon, with 58.35 percent of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator John Sparkman, with 41.65 percent of the popular vote.

1956 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1956 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 6, 1956, as part of the 1956 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 60.99 percent of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 39.90 percent of the popular vote.Eisenhower was the first Republican presidential candidate to ever carry Graham County, which was to become a Republican stronghold after 1964.

1960 United States presidential election in Arizona

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

Arizona was won by incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon (R–California), running with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., with 55.52 percent of the popular vote, against Senator John F. Kennedy (D–Massachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 44.36 percent of the popular vote.Since achieving statehood in 1912, Arizona had voted for the winner in every election. In 1960, Arizona lost its bellwether status when it voted for Nixon over the eventual victor Kennedy, a sign that the state was trending Republican.

1964 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1964 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 3, 1964, as part of the 1964 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

In a national landslide for incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson, Arizona was one of only six states carried by Arizona native and U.S Senator Barry Goldwater, and the only state that Goldwater won outside of the Deep South. Johnson successfully carried many Republican strongholds such as Alaska, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming; however, he lost Arizona by 1% or less than 5,000 votes, the smallest margin of any state in the election. Arizona’s result was 23 percent more Republican than the country as a whole.

Key to Goldwater’s victory was Maricopa County, the state’s most populated county, which he won by over twenty-one thousand votes, enabling Goldwater to carry the state despite Johnson winning ten of fourteen counties and two of three congressional districts. This is as of the 2016 election the last occasion when Graham, Mohave and Yuma Counties have supported the Democratic candidate – indeed since 2000 Graham and Mohave counties have along with Yavapai County – which has never given a Democratic majority or plurality since Truman in 1948 – been the most Republican in the entire state.Since gaining statehood in 1912, Arizona had been considered a bellwether state in elections. Indeed, the previous presidential election was the first where the state did not back the winning candidate. This election, though, marked Arizona’s turn into a firm stronghold of the Republican Party. Starting in 1952 and continuing through 1992, Arizona would vote for the Republican candidate in every presidential election (mostly by relatively large margins, unlike Goldwater’s close victory), and it was the only state during those forty years not to vote for a Democrat at least once. Bill Clinton would carry the state by a small margin in 1996, but his victory has proven to be an exception, as the state has continued supporting Republicans since.

1968 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1968 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 5, 1968. All fifty states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by the Republican nominees, Richard Nixon of New York and his running mate Governor Spiro Agnew of Maryland. Nixon and Agnew defeated the Democratic nominees, Incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota and his running mate U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie of Maryland.

Nixon carried Arizona with 54.78 percent of the vote to Humphrey’s 35.02 percent, a victory margin of 19.76 percent.

1972 United States presidential election in Arizona

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

Arizona was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (R–California), with 61.64% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (D–South Dakota), with 30.38% of the popular vote. Linda Jenness and John G. Schmitz, the only other candidates on the ballot, combined for just over 52,000 votes and over seven percent of Arizona’s popular vote. Even in a huge landslide, this result left Arizona seven percentage points more Republican than the nation at-large.

In a state that would reflect McGovern’s national results, the Democratic nominee won only one county in Arizona: heavily unionized Greenlee County, where no Republican had won before this nor would win until George W. Bush in 2000.

1976 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1976 United States presidential election in Arizona was part of the 1976 United States presidential election, which took place on November 2, 1976, throughout all fifty states and D.C.. Voters chose six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona voted strongly for the Republican nominee, incumbent President Gerald Ford, over the Democratic nominee, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter. The state turned out to be the sixth most Republican in the nation behind Utah, Idaho, Alaska, Nebraska and Wyoming, as it was already perceived that Carter – highly popular in his native South – lacked any understanding of the environment, economy, culture and political issues of the West.Carter did improve upon the performance of the preceding Democratic nominee, South Dakota Senator George McGovern, swinging away from the GOP by fifteen percentage points. Gila and Pinal Counties were won back for the Democrats from the previous election, and Carter became the first Democrat to win Apache County since 1964 and the first to carry neighbouring Navajo County since 1948.

1984 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1984 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 6, 1984. All fifty states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1984 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose seven electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

Arizona was won by incumbent United States President Ronald Reagan of California, who was running against former Vice President Walter Mondale of Minnesota. Reagan ran for a second time with incumbent Vice President and former C.I.A. Director George H. W. Bush of Texas, and Mondale ran with Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York, the first major female candidate for the vice presidency.

1988 United States presidential election in Arizona

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

Arizona 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.

Arizona weighed in for this election as 6 percent more Republican than the national average.

1996 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 1996 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose eight representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. This is the only presidential election in Arizona's history in which Maricopa county, containing more than half of Arizona's population as of 2016, voted for a losing candidate.

Arizona was won by President Bill Clinton (D) over Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), with Clinton winning 46.52% to 44.29% by a margin of 2.22 percent.Clinton had come fairly close to winning Arizona in the 1992 election. In his re-election bid, he was able to gain a larger share of the vote in Democratic-trending Pima County as well as most of northern Arizona. He also increased his support in Maricopa County, although it was again carried by the Republican candidate. His statewide margin of victory was slightly over 31,000 votes out of about 1.4 million cast. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform-TX) finished in third, with 7.98% of the popular vote. Exit polls suggest he did not change the outcome. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time that a Democrat won Arizona in a presidential election. Had Dole won the state, Arizona would have the longest streak of consecutive Republican wins, last voting Democratic in 1948. This was also the last election in which the following counties have voted for a Democratic presidential candidate: Gila, Greenlee, Navajo, Pinal and La Paz.

2000 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 2000 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 8 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by Governor George W. Bush by a 6.3% margin of victory. Ralph Nader received 3%, as all of the other candidates received a combined 1%. Pre-election polling showed that Bush had a solid lead of Gore. Bush won all the congressional districts, except Arizona's 2nd congressional district. The key for Bush's victory was Maricopa County, which has by far the highest population in the state. Bush made history by winning Greenlee County. This thinly populated working class county, which has been dependent on copper mining as the basis for its economy, had voted Democratic in every election since Arizona achieved statehood from 1912 to 1996, and now is Republican leaning in the 21st century.

2020 United States presidential election in Arizona

The 2020 United States presidential election in Arizona 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. Arizona voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Arizona has 11 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, Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates.

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