United States presidential elections in Illinois

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Illinois, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1818, Illinois has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Illinois
Map of the United States with Illinois highlighted
No. of elections50
Voted Democratic24
Voted Republican24
Voted Democratic-Republican2
Voted other0
Voted for winning candidate41
Voted for losing candidate9

Elections from 1864 to present

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[a]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 2,146,015 38.36 Hillary Clinton 3,090,729 55.24 - 20
2012 Barack Obama 3,019,512 57.60 Mitt Romney 2,135,216 40.73 - 20
2008 Barack Obama 3,419,348 61.92 John McCain 2,031,179 36.78 - 21
2004 George W. Bush 2,345,946 44.48 John Kerry 2,891,550 54.82 - 21
2000 George W. Bush 2,019,421 42.58 Al Gore 2,589,026 54.60 - 22
1996 Bill Clinton 2,341,744 54.32 Bob Dole 1,587,021 36.81 Ross Perot 346,408 8.03 22
1992 Bill Clinton 2,453,350 48.58 George H. W. Bush 1,734,096 34.34 Ross Perot 840,515 16.64 22
1988 George H. W. Bush 2,310,939 50.69 Michael Dukakis 2,215,940 48.60 - 24
1984 Ronald Reagan 2,707,103 56.17 Walter Mondale 2,086,499 43.30 - 24
1980 Ronald Reagan 2,358,049 49.65 Jimmy Carter 1,981,413 41.72 John B. Anderson 346,754 7.30 26
1976 Jimmy Carter 2,271,295 48.13 Gerald Ford 2,364,269 50.10 - 26
1972 Richard Nixon 2,788,179 59.03 George McGovern 1,913,472 40.51 - 26
1968 Richard Nixon 2,174,774 47.08 Hubert Humphrey 2,039,814 44.15 George Wallace 390,958 8.46 26
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 2,796,833 59.47 Barry Goldwater 1,905,946 40.53 - 26
1960 John F. Kennedy 2,377,846 49.98 Richard Nixon 2,368,988 49.80 - 27
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 2,623,327 59.52 Adlai Stevenson II 1,775,682 40.29 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[b]
- 27
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 2,457,327 54.84 Adlai Stevenson II 2,013,920 44.94 - 27
1948 Harry S. Truman 1,994,715 50.07 Thomas E. Dewey 1,961,103 49.22 Strom Thurmond - 28
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 2,079,479 51.52 Thomas E. Dewey 1,939,314 48.05 - 28
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 2,149,934 50.97 Wendell Willkie 2,047,240 48.54 - 29
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 2,282,999 57.70 Alf Landon 1,570,393 39.69 - 29
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1,882,304 55.23 Herbert Hoover 1,432,756 42.04 - 29
1928 Herbert Hoover 1,769,141 56.93 Al Smith 1,313,817 42.28 - 29
1924 Calvin Coolidge 1,453,321 58.84 John W. Davis 576,975 23.36 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 432,027 17.49 29
1920 Warren G. Harding 1,420,480 67.81 James M. Cox 534,395 25.51 Parley P. Christensen 49,630 2.37 29
1916 Woodrow Wilson 950,229 43.34 Charles E. Hughes 1,152,549 52.56 - 29
1912 Woodrow Wilson 405,048 35.34 Theodore Roosevelt 386,478 33.72 William H. Taft 253,593 22.13 29
1908 William H. Taft 629,932 54.53 William Jennings Bryan 450,810 39.02 - 27
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 632,645 58.77 Alton B. Parker 327,606 30.43 - 27
1900 William McKinley 597,985 52.83 William Jennings Bryan 503,061 44.44 - 24
1896 William McKinley 607,130 55.66 William Jennings Bryan 465,613 42.68 - 24
1892 Grover Cleveland 426,281 48.79 Benjamin Harrison 399,288 45.70 James B. Weaver 22,207 2.54 24
1888 Benjamin Harrison 370,475 49.54 Grover Cleveland 348,351 46.58 - 22
1884 Grover Cleveland 312,351 46.43 James G. Blaine 337,469 50.17 - 22
1880 James A. Garfield 318,036 51.11 Winfield S. Hancock 277,321 44.56 James B. Weaver 26,358 4.24 21
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 278,232 50.20 Samuel J. Tilden 258,611 46.66 - 21
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 241,936 56.27 Horace Greeley 184,884 43.00 - 21
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 250,304 55.7 Horatio Seymour 199,116 44.3 - 16
1864 Abraham Lincoln 189,512 54.4 George B. McClellan 158,724 45.6 - 16

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 172,171 50.7 Stephen A. Douglas 160,215 47.2 John C. Breckinridge 2,331 0.7 John Bell 4,914 1.4 11

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[a]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan 105,528 44.09 John C. Frémont 96,275 40.23 Millard Fillmore 37,531 15.68 11
1852 Franklin Pierce 80,378 51.87 Winfield Scott 64,733 41.77 John P. Hale 9,863 6.36 11
1848 Zachary Taylor 52,853 42.42 Lewis Cass 55,952 44.91 Martin Van Buren 15,702 12.6 9
1844 James K. Polk 58,795 53.91 Henry Clay 45,854 42.05 - 9
1840 William Henry Harrison 45,574 48.91 Martin Van Buren 47,441 50.92 - 5
1836 Martin Van Buren 18,369 54.69 William Henry Harrison 15,220 45.31 various[c] 5
1832 Andrew Jackson 14,609 68.01 Henry Clay 6,745 31.40 William Wirt 97 0.45 5
1828 Andrew Jackson 9,560 67.22 John Quincy Adams 4,662 32.78 - 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
1824 Andrew Jackson 1,272 27.23 John Quincy Adams 1,516 32.46 Henry Clay 1,036 22.18 William H. Crawford 847 18.13 3 (Electoral College split, 2 for Jackson and 1 for Adams)

Election of 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all electoral votes (including the three electoral votes from Illinois) except one vote in New Hampshire. The popular vote was primarily directed to filling the office of Vice President.

Notes

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina
  3. ^ 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 Illinois.
1824 United States presidential election in Illinois

The 1824 United States presidential election in Illinois 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. Although Illinois voted for John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and William H. Crawford, only one of the state's electoral votes were assigned to Adams, while the remaining two were assigned to Jackson. Adams won Illinois by a margin of 5.23%.

1832 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois voted for the Democratic Party candidate, Andrew Jackson, over the National Republican candidate, Henry Clay, and the Anti-Masonic Party candidate, William Wirt. Jackson won Illinois by a margin of 36.61%.

1836 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois voted for the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. Van Buren won Illinois by a margin of 9.38%.

1840 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois voted for the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. Van Buren won Illinois by a margin of 2.01%.

1848 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois voted for the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, over Whig candidate Zachary Taylor and Free Soil candidate Martin Van Buren. Cass won Illinois by a margin of 2.49%.

1860 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois was won by Illinois Representative Abraham Lincoln (R–Kentucky), running with Senator Hannibal Hamlin, with 50.69% of the popular vote, against Senator Stephen A. Douglas (D–Vermont), running with 41st Governor of Georgia Herschel V. Johnson, with 47.17% of the popular vote.

Liberty Party (under the name Union Party) candidate Gerrit Smith received 35 of his 171 popular votes in Illinois alone. The other 136 votes came from Ohio.

1868 United States presidential election in Illinois

The 1868 United States presidential election in Illinois took place on November 3, 1868, as part of the 1868 United States presidential election. Voters chose 16 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Illinois voted for the Republican nominee, Ulysses S. Grant, over the Democratic nominee, Horatio Seymour. Grant won the state by a margin of 11.38%.

1896 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois 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 Illinois

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

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

1932 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois was won by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Speaker John Nance Garner, with 55.23% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Herbert Hoover (R–California), running with Vice President Charles Curtis, with 42.04% of the popular vote.

1940 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Secretary Henry A. Wallace, with 50.97% of the popular vote, against Wendell Willkie (R–Indiana), running with Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 48.54% of the popular vote.

1948 United States presidential election in Illinois

The 1948 United States presidential election in Illinois took place on November 2, 1948, as part of the 1948 United States presidential election. Illinois voters chose twenty-eight representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Illinois was won by incumbent President Harry S. Truman (D–Missouri), running with Senator Alben W. Barkley, with 50.07% of the popular vote, against Governor Thomas Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor Earl Warren, with 49.22% of the popular vote.

1956 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois was won by incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 59.52% of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 40.29% of the popular vote.

1964 United States presidential election in Illinois

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

Illinois was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson (D–Texas), with 59.47% of the popular vote, against Senator Barry Goldwater (R–Arizona), with 40.53% of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Adams County, Morgan County, Effingham County, Logan County, Wayne County, DeWitt County, Menard County, Wabash County, and Scott County voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate. This would be the last time until 1992 that Illinois would go for a Democrat in a presidential election.

1968 United States presidential election in Illinois

The 1968 United States presidential election in Illinois was held on November 5, 1968. Republican candidate Richard Nixon won the state of Illinois by a narrow margin of 2.93 percentage points.

1972 United States presidential election in Illinois

The 1972 United States presidential election in Illinois was held on November 7, 1972. Incumbent President Nixon won the state of Illinois with 59% of the vote, carrying the state's 26 electoral votes. He defeated his main opponent, Democratic candidate George McGovern in Illinois by an overwhelming margin of 18.52 points.

Nixon won all but one of Illinois’ 102 counties. The solitary exception was Jackson County, home to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which notably had voted for Nixon in the previous election and was one of only five counties outside McGovern’s home state to switch from Republican to Democratic at this election. This election is the most recent in which Cook County voted Republican, the only Republican victory in St. Clair County since Calvin Coolidge in 1924, and the last until 2016 when Alexander County supported a Republican nominee.

1976 United States presidential election in Illinois

The 1976 United States presidential election in Illinois was held on November 2, 1976. Gerald Ford won Illinois with 50.10% percent of the vote, but lost the general election to Jimmy Carter of Georgia. This is the last election where a Democrat won the White House without carrying Illinois.

1980 United States presidential election in Illinois

The 1980 United States presidential election in Illinois took place on November 4, 1980. All 50 states and The District of Columbia, were part of the 1980 United States presidential election. Illinois voters chose 26 electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Illinois, the state where Republican candidate, former California Governor Ronald Reagan was born and raised, was won by him with an 8% margin of victory over Democratic candidate, President Jimmy Carter. Despite being the home state of Congressman John B. Anderson, he only won 7.3% of the popular vote, 346,754 votes, and failed to carry any counties.

This election is the most recent in which Rock Island County voted Republican.

2020 United States presidential election in Illinois

The 2020 United States presidential election in Illinois 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. Illinois voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Illinois has 20 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 Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee. Michelle Obama, former First Lady, who is from Illinois, has declined to run. Rahm Emmanuel, former mayor of Chicago and former aide to Barack Obama, has also declined.

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