United States presidential elections in Arkansas

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Arkansas, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1836, Arkansas 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.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Arkansas
Map of the United States with Arkansas highlighted
No. of elections45
Voted Democratic33
Voted Republican11
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate29
Voted for losing candidate16

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 684,872 60.57 Hillary Clinton 380,494 33.65 - 6
2012 Barack Obama 394,409 36.88 Mitt Romney 647,744 60.57 - 6
2008 Barack Obama 422,310 38.86 John McCain 638,017 58.72 - 6
2004 George W. Bush 572,898 54.31 John Kerry 469,953 44.55 - 6
2000 George W. Bush 472,940 51.31 Al Gore 422,768 45.86 - 6
1996 Bill Clinton 475,171 53.74 Bob Dole 325,416 36.80 Ross Perot 69,884 7.9 6
1992 Bill Clinton 505,823 53.21 George H. W. Bush 337,324 35.48 Ross Perot 99,132 10.43 6
1988 George H. W. Bush 466,578 56.37 Michael Dukakis 349,237 42.19 - 6
1984 Ronald Reagan 534,774 60.47 Walter Mondale 338,646 38.29 - 6
1980 Ronald Reagan 403,164 48.13 Jimmy Carter 398,041 47.52 John B. Anderson 22,468 2.68 6
1976 Jimmy Carter 499,614 64.94 Gerald Ford 268,753 34.93 - 6
1972 Richard Nixon 445,751 68.82 George McGovern 198,899 30.71 - 6
1968 Richard Nixon 189,062 31.01 Hubert Humphrey 184,901 30.33 George Wallace 235,627 38.65 6
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 314,197 56.06 Barry Goldwater 243,264 43.41 - 6
1960 John F. Kennedy 215,049 50.19 Richard Nixon 184,508 43.06 - 8
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 186,287 45.82 Adlai Stevenson II 213,277 52.46 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
7,008 1.72 8
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 177,155 43.76 Adlai Stevenson II 226,300 55.90 - 8
1948 Harry S. Truman 149,659 61.72 Thomas E. Dewey 50,959 21.02 Strom Thurmond 40,068 16.52 9
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 148,965 69.95 Thomas E. Dewey 63,551 29.84 - 9
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 158,622 79.02 Wendell Willkie 42,121 20.98 - 9
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 146,765 81.80 Alf Landon 32,039 17.86 - 9
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 189,602 85.96 Herbert Hoover 28,467 12.91 - 9
1928 Herbert Hoover 77,751 39.33 Al Smith 119,196 60.29 - 9
1924 Calvin Coolidge 40,564 29.28 John W. Davis 84,795 61.21 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 13,173 9.51 9
1920 Warren G. Harding 71,117 38.73 James M. Cox 107,409 58.49 - 9
1916 Woodrow Wilson 112,211 65.97 Charles E. Hughes 48,879 28.73 - 9
1912 Woodrow Wilson 68,814 55.01 Theodore Roosevelt 21,644 17.30 William H. Taft 25,585 20.45 9
1908 William H. Taft 56,624 37.30 William Jennings Bryan 87,015 57.31 - 5,842 3.85 9
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 46,860 40.25 Alton B. Parker 64,434 55.35 - 9
1900 William McKinley 44,800 35.04 William Jennings Bryan 81,142 63.46 - 8
1896 William McKinley 37,512 25.12 William Jennings Bryan 110,103 73.72 - 8
1892 Grover Cleveland 87,834 59.30 Benjamin Harrison 47,072 31.78 James B. Weaver 11,831 7.99 8
1888 Benjamin Harrison 59,752 38.04 Grover Cleveland 86,062 54.80 - - 7
1884 Grover Cleveland 72,734 57.83 James G. Blaine 51,198 40.70 - 7
1880 James A. Garfield 41,661 38.66 Winfield S. Hancock 60,489 56.13 James B. Weaver 4,079 3.78 6
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 38,649 39.87 Samuel J. Tilden 58,086 59.92 - 6
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 41,373 52.17 Horace Greeley 37,927 47.83 - 6
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 22,112 53.7 Horatio Seymour 19,078 46.3 - 5
1864 Abraham Lincoln n/a n/a George B. McClellan n/a n/a - No vote due to secession.

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 no ballots Stephen A. Douglas 5,357 9.9 John C. Breckinridge 28,732 53.1 John Bell 20,063 37.0 4

Elections prior to 1860

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan 21,910 67.12 John C. Frémont no ballots - Millard Fillmore 10,732 32.88 4
1852 Franklin Pierce 12,173 62.18 Winfield Scott 7,404 37.82 John P. Hale no ballots 4
1848 Zachary Taylor 7,587 44.93 Lewis Cass 9,301 55.07 Martin Van Buren no ballots 3
1844 James K. Polk 9,546 63.01 Henry Clay 5,604 36.99 - 3
1840 William Henry Harrison 5,160 43.58 Martin Van Buren 6,679 56.42 - 3
1836 Martin Van Buren 2,380 64.08 Hugh Lawson White 1,334 35.92 various[d] 3

Notes

  1. ^ George Wallace in 1968
  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 Arkansas.
1836 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1836 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place between November 3 and December 7, 1836, as part of the 1836 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Arkansas, having been admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836, voted for the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate Hugh White during its first presidential election. Van Buren won Arkansas by a margin of 28.16%.

1840 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1840 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place between October 30 and December 2, 1840, as part of the 1840 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Arkansas voted for the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. Van Buren won Arkansas by a margin of 12.84%.

1844 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1844 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place between November 1 and December 4, 1844, as part of the 1844 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Arkansas voted for the Democratic candidate, James K. Polk, over Whig candidate Henry Clay. Polk won Arkansas by a margin of 26.02%.

1848 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1848 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place on November 7, 1848, as part of the 1848 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Arkansas voted for the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, over Whig candidate Zachary Taylor. Cass won Arkansas by a margin of 10.14%.

1852 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1852 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place on November 2, 1852, as part of the 1852 United States presidential election. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arkansas voted for the Democratic candidate, Franklin Pierce, over Whig candidate Winfield Scott. Pierce won Arkansas by a margin of 24.36%.

1856 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1856 United States presidential election in Arkansas was held on November 4, 1856. Arkansas voters chose four electors to represent the state in the Electoral College, which chose the president and vice president.

Arkansas voted for the Democratic nominee James Buchanan, who received 67% of the vote.Republican Party nominee John C. Frémont was not on the ballot.

1860 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1860 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place on November 6, 1860, as part of the 1860 United States presidential election. Arkansas voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arkansas was won by the 14th Vice President of the United States John C. Breckinridge (SD–Kentucky), running with Senator Joseph Lane, with 53.06% of the popular vote, against Senator John Bell (CU–Tennessee), running with the Governor of Massachusetts Edward Everett, with 37.05% of the popular vote and the 15th Senator Stephen A. Douglas (D–Vermont), running with 41st Governor of Georgia Herschel Johnson, with 9.89% of the popular vote.

Republican Party candidate Abraham Lincoln was not on the ballot in the state.

1868 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1868 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place on November 3, 1868, as part of the 1868 United States presidential election. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arkansas voted for the Republican nominee, Ulysses S. Grant, over the Democratic nominee, Horatio Seymour. Grant won the state by a margin of 7.36%.

This was the first presidential election where a Republican won Arkansas as well as the first time since 1860 where a presidential election was held in the state due to succession and due to the American Civil War and Reconstruction.

1872 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1872 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place on November 5, 1872, as part of the 1872 United States presidential election. Voters chose six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arkansas voted for the Republican candidate, Ulysses S. Grant, over Liberal Republican candidate Horace Greeley. Grant won Arkansas by a margin of 4.34%. However, due to the turbulent conditions of Reconstruction, Congress did not certify Arkansas's six electoral votes. Neighboring Louisiana's electoral votes were also not counted.

1900 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1900 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place on November 6, 1900. All contemporary 45 states were part of the 1900 United States presidential election. Arkansas voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Arkansas was won by the Democratic nominees, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate Adlai Stevenson I of Illinois.

1904 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1904 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place on November 8, 1904. All contemporary 45 states were part of the 1904 United States presidential election. Arkansas voters chose nine electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Arkansas was won by the Democratic nominees, Chief Judge Alton B. Parker of New York and his running mate Henry G. Davis of West Virginia.

1920 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1920 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place on November 2, 1920, as part of the 1920 General Election in which all 48 states participated. Arkansas voters chose nine electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting Democratic nominee James M. Cox and his running mate, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Roosevelt, against Republican challenger U.S. Senator Warren G. Harding and his running mate, Governor Calvin Coolidge.

James Cox won the election in Arkansas with 58.05 percent of the vote. Warren Harding received 39.15% of the vote.

1936 United States presidential election in Arkansas

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

1940 United States presidential election in Arkansas

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

1956 United States presidential election in Arkansas

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

Arkansas was won by Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 52.46 percent of the popular vote against incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 45.82 percent of the popular vote.

1968 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The United States presidential election in Arkansas, 1968 was held on November 5th, 1968. American Independent candidate George Wallace won the state with 235,627 votes, with Republican Richard Nixon winning 189,062 and Democrat Hubert Humphrey winning 184,901.With 38.65% of the popular vote, Arkansas would prove to be Wallace's weakest that he carried in the 1968 election after Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia.

1972 United States presidential election in Arkansas

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

Arkansas was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (R–California), with 68.82% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (D–South Dakota), with 30.71% of the popular vote. John G. Schmitz was the only other candidate on the ballot, and, as the candidate for the American Independent Party, he received just over three thousand votes.

In a state that would reflect McGovern's national results, the Democratic nominee did not win a single county in Arkansas. This is also the best showing in the state by a Republican presidential candidate. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Phillips County, Jefferson County, Lee County, Chicot County, and Desha County voted for the Republican candidate.Republican Ulysses S. Grant first won Arkansas in 1868.

1976 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 1976 United States presidential election in Arkansas took place on November 2, 1976, as part of the wider United States presidential election of 1976. Voters chose six electors to represent them in the Electoral College.

Arkansas overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic Party, former governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter and his running mate Minnesota U.S. Senator Walter Mondale with 64.94 percent of the vote. The Carter/Mondale ticket defeated Republican incumbent president Gerald Ford of Michigan and his running mate Kansas U.S. Senator Bob Dole in the state by a margin of 30.01 percent. Arkansas weighed in as more than thirty percent more Democratic than the national average.

2020 United States presidential election in Arkansas

The 2020 United States presidential election in Arkansas 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. Arkansas voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Arkansas has 6 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of May 2019, Donald Trump and Bill Weld are the only two Republicans running. Tom Cotton, current senator from Arkansas, has declined to run as of January 2019. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee..

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