United States presidential elections in Delaware

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Delaware, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1787, Delaware has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Delaware
Map of the United States with Delaware highlighted
No. of elections58
Voted Democratic22
Voted Republican20
Voted Whig4
Voted Democratic-Republican4
Voted Federalist6
Voted other2[a]
Voted for winning candidate39
Voted for losing candidate19

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 185,127 41.71 Hillary Clinton 235,603 53.09 - 3
2012 Barack Obama 242,584 58.61 Mitt Romney 165,484 39.98 - 3
2008 Barack Obama 255,459 61.94 John McCain 152,374 36.95 - 3
2004 George W. Bush 171,660 45.75 John Kerry 200,152 53.35 - 3
2000 George W. Bush 137,288 41.90 Al Gore 180,068 54.96 - 3
1996 Bill Clinton 140,355 51.80 Bob Dole 99,062 36.58 Ross Perot 28,719 10.60 3
1992 Bill Clinton 126,054 43.52 George H. W. Bush 102,313 35.78 Ross Perot 59,213 20.45 3
1988 George H. W. Bush 139,639 55.88 Michael Dukakis 108,647 43.48 - 3
1984 Ronald Reagan 152,190 59.78 Walter Mondale 101,656 39.93 - 3
1980 Ronald Reagan 111,252 47.21 Jimmy Carter 105,754 44.87 John B. Anderson 16,288 6.91 3
1976 Jimmy Carter 122,596 51.98 Gerald Ford 109,831 46.57 - 3
1972 Richard Nixon 140,357 59.60 George McGovern 92,283 39.18 - 3
1968 Richard Nixon 96,714 45.12 Hubert Humphrey 89,194 41.61 George Wallace 28,459 13.28 3
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 122,704 60.95 Barry Goldwater 78,078 38.78 - 3
1960 John F. Kennedy 99,590 50.63 Richard Nixon 96,373 49.00 - 3
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 98,057 55.09 Adlai Stevenson II 79,421 44.62 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 3
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 90,059 51.75 Adlai Stevenson II 83,315 47.88 - 3
1948 Harry S. Truman 67,813 48.76 Thomas E. Dewey 69,588 50.04 Strom Thurmond - 3
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 68,166 54.38 Thomas E. Dewey 56,747 45.27 - 3
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 74,599 54.70 Wendell Willkie 61,440 45.05 - 3
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 69,702 54.62 Alf Landon 57,236 44.85 - 3
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 54,319 48.11 Herbert Hoover 57,073 50.55 - 3
1928 Herbert Hoover 68,860 65.03 Al Smith 36,643 34.60 - 3
1924 Calvin Coolidge 52,441 57.70 John W. Davis 33,445 36.80 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 4,979 5.48 3
1920 Warren G. Harding 52,858 55.71 James M. Cox 39,911 42.07 Parley P. Christensen 93 0.10 3
1916 Woodrow Wilson 24,753 47.78 Charles E. Hughes 26,011 50.20 - 3
1912 Woodrow Wilson 22,631 46.48 Theodore Roosevelt 8,886 18.25 William H. Taft 15,998 32.85 3
1908 William H. Taft 25,014 52.10 William Jennings Bryan 22,055 45.94 - 3
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 23,705 54.05 Alton B. Parker 19,347 44.11 - 3
1900 William McKinley 22,535 53.67 William Jennings Bryan 18,852 44.90 - 3
1896 William McKinley 20,450 53.18 William Jennings Bryan 16,574 43.10 - 3
1892 Grover Cleveland 18,581 49.90 Benjamin Harrison 18,077 48.55 James B. Weaver - - 3
1888 Benjamin Harrison 12,950 43.51 Grover Cleveland 16,414 55.15 - 3
1884 Grover Cleveland 16,957 56.55 James G. Blaine 12,953 43.20 - 3
1880 James A. Garfield 14,148 48.03 Winfield S. Hancock 15,181 51.53 James B. Weaver 129 0.44 3
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 10,752 44.55 Samuel J. Tilden 13,381 55.45 - 3
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 11,129 51.00 Horace Greeley 10,205 46.76 - 3
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 7,614 41.0 Horatio Seymour 10,957 59.0 - 3
1864 Abraham Lincoln 8,155 48.2 George B. McClellan 8,767 51.8 - 3

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 3,822 23.7 Stephen A. Douglas 1,066 6.6 John C. Breckinridge 7,339 45.5 John Bell 3,888 24.1 3

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan 8,004 54.83 John C. Frémont 310 2.12 Millard Fillmore 6,275 42.99 3
1852 Franklin Pierce 6,318 49.85 Winfield Scott 6,293 49.66 John P. Hale 62 0.49 3
1848 Zachary Taylor 6,440 51.80 Lewis Cass 5,910 47.54 Martin Van Buren 82 0.66 3
1844 James K. Polk 5,970 48.75 Henry Clay 6,271 51.20 - 3
1840 William Henry Harrison 5,967 54.99 Martin Van Buren 4,872 44.89 - 3
1836 Martin Van Buren 4,154 46.70 William Henry Harrison 4,736 53.24 various[d] no ballots 3
1832 Andrew Jackson 4,110 49.01 Henry Clay 4,276 50.99 William Wirt no ballots 3
1828 Andrew Jackson no popular vote John Quincy Adams no popular vote - 3

Election of 1824

The election of 1824 was a complex realigning election following the collapse of the prevailing Democratic-Republican Party, resulting in four different candidates each claiming to carry the banner of the party, and competing for influence in different parts of the country. The election was the only one in history to be decided by the House of Representatives under the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution after no candidate secured a majority of the electoral vote. It was also the only presidential election in which the candidate who received a plurality of electoral votes (Andrew Jackson) did not become President, a source of great bitterness for Jackson and his supporters, who proclaimed the election of Adams a corrupt bargain.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1824 Andrew Jackson no popular vote - John Quincy Adams no popular vote - Henry Clay no popular vote - William H. Crawford no popular vote - 3 Electoral votes split 2 (Crawford) to 1 (Adams).

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 4 of Delaware's electoral votes, and all electoral votes nationwide except one vote in New Hampshire. To the extent that a popular vote was held, it was primarily directed to filling the office of Vice President.

In elections from 1792 to 1816, Delaware did not conduct a popular vote. Each Elector was appointed by the state legislature.

Year Winner (nationally) Loser (nationally) Electoral
Votes
Notes
1820 James Monroe - 3 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 3
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 4
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 3
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 3
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 3
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 3
1792 George Washington - 3 Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89 George Washington - 3 Washington effectively ran unopposed.

Notes

  1. ^ George Washington, 1788-89, 1792.
  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 Hugh Lawson White, Daniel Webster, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in Delaware.
1792 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1792 United States presidential election in Delaware took place between December 15, 1788 and January 10, 1792, as part of the 1792 United States presidential election to elect the first President. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Delaware unanimously voted for nonpartisan candidate and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, George Washington. The total vote is from Federalist electors, all of whom were supportive of Washington.

1824 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1824 United States presidential election in Delaware took place between October 26 and December 2, 1824, as part of the 1824 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, the Democratic-Republican Party was the only major national party, and four different candidates from this party sought the Presidency. Delaware cast two electoral votes for William H. Crawford and one for John Quincy Adams.

1828 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1828 United States presidential election in Delaware took place between October 31 and December 2, 1828, as part of the 1828 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Delaware cast three electoral votes for the National Republican candidate, John Quincy Adams, over the Democratic candidate, Andrew Jackson. These electors were elected by the Delaware General Assembly, the state legislature, rather than by popular vote.

1832 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1832 United States presidential election in Delaware took place between November 2 and December 5, 1832, as part of the 1832 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Delaware voted for the National Republican candidate, Henry Clay, over the Democratic Party candidate, Andrew Jackson. Clay won Delaware by a margin of 0.98%.

1836 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1836 United States presidential election in Delaware 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.

Delaware voted for Whig candidate William Henry Harrison over the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren. Harrison won Delaware by a margin of 6.54%.

1844 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1844 United States presidential election in Delaware 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.

Delaware voted for the Whig candidate, Henry Clay, over Democratic candidate James K. Polk. Clay won Delaware by a margin of 2.45%.

1852 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1852 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 2, 1852, as part of the 1852 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Delaware voted for the Democratic candidate, Franklin Pierce, over Whig candidate Winfield Scott. Pierce won Delaware by a margin of 0.19%.

1856 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1856 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 4, 1856, as part of the 1856 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Delaware voted for the Democratic candidate, James Buchanan, over the Republican candidate, John C. Frémont, and the Know Nothing candidate, Millard Fillmore.

Buchanan won the state by a margin of 11.84%.

1864 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1864 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 8, 1864, as part of the 1864 United States presidential election. Delaware voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Delaware was won by the 4th Commanding General of the United States Army George B. McClellan (D–Pennsylvania), running with Representative George H. Pendleton, with 51.81% of the popular vote against the incumbent President Abraham Lincoln (R-Illinois), running with former Senator and Military Governor of Tennessee Andrew Johnson, with 48.19% of the popular vote.

1872 United States presidential election in Delaware

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

Delaware voted for the Republican candidate, Ulysses S. Grant, over Liberal Republican candidate Horace Greeley. Grant won Delaware by a margin of 4.24%.

1892 United States presidential election in Delaware

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

Delaware was won by the Democratic nominees, former President Grover Cleveland of New York and his running mate Adlai Stevenson I of Illinois.

1896 United States presidential election in Delaware

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

Delaware was won by the Republican nominees, former Ohio Governor William McKinley and his running mate Garret Hobart of New Jersey.

1900 United States presidential election in Delaware

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

Delaware was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President William McKinley of Ohio and his running mate Theodore Roosevelt of New York.

1904 United States presidential election in Delaware

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

Delaware 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 Delaware

The 1908 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 3, 1908. All contemporary 46 states were part of the 1908 United States presidential election. Delaware voters chose three electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Delaware was won by the Republican nominees, former Secretary of War William Howard Taft of Ohio and his running mate James S. Sherman of New York.

1964 United States presidential election in Delaware

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

All three counties went blue, and Delaware was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson (D–Texas), with 60.95% of the popular vote, against Senator Barry Goldwater (R–Arizona), with 38.78% of the popular vote.

1980 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 1980 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 4, 1980. All 50 states and The District of Columbia, were part of the 1980 United States presidential election. Delaware voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

The election here was close, with Delaware being won by former California Governor Ronald Reagan by 2 points. Notably, Reagan won New Castle County by just one vote over Carter.

2012 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 2012 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Delaware 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.

2020 United States presidential election in Delaware

The 2020 United States presidential election in Delaware 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. Delaware voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Delaware has 3 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of April 2019, Donald Trump is the declared Republican candidate. 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.Joe Biden, former Vice President and senator from Delaware, has announced on April 25, 2019 that he’s running. Biden previously campaigned in the 1988 and 2008 Democratic presidential primaries but failed to secure the nomination both times.

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