United States presidential elections in Colorado

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Colorado, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1876, Colorado 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[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 1,202,484 43.25 Hillary Clinton 1,338,870 48.16 - 9
2012 Barack Obama 1,323,101 51.49 Mitt Romney 1,185,243 46.13 - 9
2008 Barack Obama 1,288,633 53.66 John McCain 1,073,629 44.71 - 9
2004 George W. Bush 1,101,255 51.69 John Kerry 1,001,732 47.02 - 9
2000 George W. Bush 883,748 50.75 Al Gore 738,227 42.39 - 8
1996 Bill Clinton 671,152 44.43 Bob Dole 691,848 45.80 Ross Perot 99,629 6.59 8
1992 Bill Clinton 629,681 40.13 George H. W. Bush 562,850 35.87 Ross Perot 366,010 23.32 8
1988 George H. W. Bush 728,177 53.06 Michael Dukakis 621,453 45.28 - 8
1984 Ronald Reagan 821,818 63.44 Walter Mondale 454,974 35.12 - 8
1980 Ronald Reagan 652,264 55.07 Jimmy Carter 367,973 31.07 John B. Anderson 130,633 11.03 7
1976 Jimmy Carter 460,353 42.58 Gerald Ford 584,367 54.05 - 7
1972 Richard Nixon 597,189 62.61 George McGovern 329,980 34.59 - 7
1968 Richard Nixon 409,345 50.46 Hubert Humphrey 335,174 41.32 George Wallace 60,813 7.50 6
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 476,024 61.27 Barry Goldwater 296,767 38.19 - 6
1960 John F. Kennedy 330,629 44.91 Richard Nixon 402,242 54.63 - 6
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 394,479 59.49 Adlai Stevenson II 263,997 39.81 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
759 0.11 6
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 379,782 60.27 Adlai Stevenson II 245,504 38.96 - 6
1948 Harry S. Truman 267,288 51.88 Thomas E. Dewey 239,714 46.52 Strom Thurmond - - 6
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 234,331 46.40 Thomas E. Dewey 268,731 53.21 - 6
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 265,554 48.37 Wendell Willkie 279,576 50.92 - 6
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 295,021 60.37 Alf Landon 181,267 37.09 - 6
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 250,877 54.81 Herbert Hoover 189,617 41.43 - 6
1928 Herbert Hoover 253,872 64.72 Al Smith 133,131 33.94 - 6
1924 Calvin Coolidge 195,171 57.02 John W. Davis 75,238 21.98 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 69,945 20.44 6
1920 Warren G. Harding 173,248 59.32 James M. Cox 104,936 35.93 - 6
1916 Woodrow Wilson 178,816 60.74 Charles E. Hughes 102,308 34.75 - 6
1912 Woodrow Wilson 114,232 42.80 Theodore Roosevelt 72,306 27.09 William H. Taft 58,386 21.88 6
1908 William H. Taft 123,693 46.88 William Jennings Bryan 126,644 48.00 - 5
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 134,661 55.26 Alton B. Parker 100,105 41.08 - 5
1900 William McKinley 93,072 42.04 William Jennings Bryan 122,733 55.43 - 4
1896 William McKinley 26,271 13.86 William Jennings Bryan 161,005 84.95 - 4
1892 Grover Cleveland no ballots Benjamin Harrison 38,620 41.13 James B. Weaver 53,584 57.07 4
1888 Benjamin Harrison 50,772 55.22 Grover Cleveland 37,549 40.84 - 3
1884 Grover Cleveland 27,723 41.68 James G. Blaine 36,084 54.25 - 3
1880 James A. Garfield 27,450 51.26 Winfield S. Hancock 24,647 46.03 James B. Weaver 1,435 2.68 3
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes n/a n/a Samuel J. Tilden n/a n/a - 3 Allocated by state legislature.[d]
Presidential elections in Colorado
Map of the United States with Colorado highlighted
No. of elections36
Voted Democratic13
Voted Republican22
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate25
Voted for losing candidate11

Notes

  1. ^ James B. Weaver, 1892.
  2. ^ 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. ^ Colorado was admitted to the union as the 38th state on August 1, 1876. With insufficient time or money to organize a presidential election in the new state, Colorado's state legislature selected the state’s electors. These electors in turn gave their three votes to Hayes and the Republican Party. This was the last election in which any state chose electors through its state legislature.
1888 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 1888 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 6, 1888, as part of the 1888 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Colorado voted for the Republican nominee, Benjamin Harrison, over the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Grover Cleveland. Harrison won the state by a margin of 14.38 percent.

With 55.22% of the popular vote, Colorado would prove to be Harrison's fifth strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont, Nevada, Maine and Kansas.

1892 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 1892 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 8, 1892. All contemporary 44 states were part of the 1892 United States presidential election. Colorado voters chose four electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Colorado was won by the Populist nominees, James B. Weaver of Iowa and his running mate James G. Field of Virginia. Weaver and Field defeated the Republican nominees, incumbent President Benjamin Harrison of Indiana and his running mate Whitelaw Reid of New York.

Colorado was one of a handful of states, five in total, that did not feature former and future President Grover Cleveland on their ballots.

1896 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 1896 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 3, 1896. All contemporary 45 states were part of the 1896 United States presidential election. Colorado voters chose four electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Colorado was won by the Democratic nominees, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate Arthur Sewall of Maine.

1900 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado 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 Colorado

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

Colorado was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Theodore Roosevelt of New York and his running mate Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana.

1908 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 1908 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 3, 1908, as part of the wider United States Presidential election. Voters chose five representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Until 2016, this was the last presidential election where a Democrat carried Colorado without winning the presidency.

1932 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado was won by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Speaker John Nance Garner, with 54.81% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Herbert Hoover (R–California), running with Vice President Charles Curtis, with 41.43% of the popular vote.

1936 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado voted for the Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt over Republican candidate Alf Landon. Roosevelt won Colorado by a margin of 23.28 percent. Roosevelt won every county except Elbert, Kit Carson and Rio Blanco.No Democratic Presidential candidate would win Colorado again until 1948. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last occasion when Washington County and Hinsdale County voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate.

1940 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado was won by Wendell Willkie (R–Indiana), running with Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 50.92% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Secretary Henry A. Wallace, with 48.37% of the popular vote.

1944 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado was won by Governor Thomas E. Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor John Bricker, with 53.21% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Senator Harry S. Truman, with 46.40% of the popular vote.

1952 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado was won by Columbia University President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–New York), running with Senator Richard Nixon, with 60.27% of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator John Sparkman, with 38.96% of the popular vote.

1956 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado was won by incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 59.49% of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 39.81% of the popular vote.

1960 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado was won by incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon (R–California), running with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., with 54.63% of the popular vote, against Senator John F. Kennedy (D–Massachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 44.91% of the popular vote.

1964 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson (D–Texas), with 61.27% of the popular vote, against Senator Barry Goldwater (R–Arizona), with 38.19% of the popular vote.As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which El Paso County, Douglas County, Weld County, Park County, Crowley County, Rio Grande County, Fremont County, Archuleta County, Morgan County, Montrose County, Montezuma County, Teller County, Delta County, Moffat County, Logan County, Rio Blanco County, Kit Carson County, Custer County, Yuma County, Baca County, Jackson County, Lincoln County, and Kiowa County voted for the Democratic candidate.

1968 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado was won by former Vice President Richard Nixon (R–New York), with 50.46% of the popular vote, against Vice President Hubert Humphrey (D–Minnesota), with 41.32% of the popular vote. American Independent Party candidate George Wallace performed quite well, finishing with 7.50% of the popular vote.

1972 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 1972 United States presidential election in Colorado refers to how Colorado participated in the 1972 United States presidential election.

Colorado voted for the Republican incumbent, Richard Nixon, over the Democratic challenger, South Dakota Senator George McGovern. Nixon took 62.61% of the vote to McGovern's 34.59%, a margin of 28.01%.

1976 United States presidential election in Colorado

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

Colorado was won by incumbent President Gerald Ford (R–Michigan). with 54.1% of the popular vote, against Jimmy Carter (D–Georgia), with 41.6% of the popular vote. None of the third-party candidates amounted to a significant portion of the vote, but Eugene McCarthy (I–Minnesota) won 2.4% of the popular vote and came third overall in the nation. Despite losing in Colorado, Carter went on to win the national election and became the 39th president of the United States. Colorado had previously voted Republican fifteen times, Democrat nine times, and Populist once (for James B. Weaver in 1892). As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Dolores County, Prowers County, Phillips County, and Cheyenne County voted for the Democratic candidate.

1988 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 1988 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 8, 1988, as part of the 1988 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 8 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Colorado voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, by a margin of 7.78%. Bush took 53.06% of the vote to Dukakis's 45.28%.

While the Republicans held onto Colorado's 8 electoral votes, however, Bush's 53-45 win over Dukakis represented a vastly diminished margin compared to 1984, when Ronald Reagan had won the state in a 63-35 landslide over Walter Mondale.

The closeness of the race marked the beginning of Colorado's transition from a reliably Republican state into a competitive swing state in presidential elections, as just four years later, in 1992, Bill Clinton would win the state for the Democrats for the first time since the nationwide Democratic landslide of Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Beginning in 1988, Colorado's popular vote in presidential elections has always been decided by a single-digit margin, and in the seven elections that followed 1988, the state would vote Republican three times and vote Democratic four times.

2020 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 2020 United States presidential election in Colorado 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. Colorado voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Colorado has 9 electoral votes in the Electoral College.The Democratic National Committee proposed Denver as finalist to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but the city declined, citing conflicts. The remaining finalists are Miami, Milwaukee, and Houston.

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 Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris are among the major declared candidates. Additionally,

John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado, is also running as a Democrat.

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