United States presidential elections in Kansas

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Kansas, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1861, Kansas has participated in every U.S. presidential election. As of 2017, Kansas has the longest streak of being decided by more than a 5% margin in presidential margins.

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 671,018 56.16 Hillary Clinton 427,005 35.74 - 6
2012 Barack Obama 440,726 37.99 Mitt Romney 692,634 59.71 - 6
2008 Barack Obama 514,765 41.65 John McCain 699,655 56.61 - 6
2004 George W. Bush 736,456 62.00 John Kerry 434,993 36.62 - 6
2000 George W. Bush 622,332 58.04 Al Gore 399,276 37.24 - 6
1996 Bill Clinton 387,659 36.08 Bob Dole 583,245 54.29 Ross Perot 92,639 8.62 6
1992 Bill Clinton 390,434 33.74 George H. W. Bush 449,951 38.88 Ross Perot 312,358 26.99 6
1988 George H. W. Bush 554,049 55.79 Michael Dukakis 422,636 42.56 - 7
1984 Ronald Reagan 677,296 66.27 Walter Mondale 333,149 32.60 - 7
1980 Ronald Reagan 566,812 57.85 Jimmy Carter 326,150 33.29 John B. Anderson 68,231 6.96 7
1976 Jimmy Carter 430,421 44.94 Gerald Ford 502,752 52.49 - 7
1972 Richard Nixon 619,812 67.66 George McGovern 270,287 29.50 - 7
1968 Richard Nixon 478,674 54.84 Hubert Humphrey 302,996 34.72 George Wallace 88,921 10.19 7
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 464,028 54.09 Barry Goldwater 386,579 45.06 - 7
1960 John F. Kennedy 363,213 39.10 Richard Nixon 561,474 60.45 - 8
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 566,878 65.44 Adlai Stevenson II 296,317 34.21 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 8
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 616,302 68.77 Adlai Stevenson II 273,296 30.50 - 8
1948 Harry S. Truman 351,902 44.61 Thomas E. Dewey 423,039 53.63 Strom Thurmond - 8
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 287,458 39.18 Thomas E. Dewey 442,096 60.25 - 8
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 364,725 42.40 Wendell Willkie 489,169 56.86 - 9
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 464,520 53.67 Alf Landon 397,727 45.95 - 9
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 424,204 53.56 Herbert Hoover 349,498 44.13 - 9
1928 Herbert Hoover 513,672 72.02 Al Smith 193,003 27.06 - 10
1924 Calvin Coolidge 407,671 61.54 John W. Davis 156,319 23.60 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 98,461 14.86 10
1920 Warren G. Harding 369,268 64.75 James M. Cox 185,464 32.52 - 10
1916 Woodrow Wilson 314,588 49.95 Charles E. Hughes 277,658 44.09 - 10
1912 Woodrow Wilson 143,663 39.30 Theodore Roosevelt 120,210 32.88 William H. Taft 74,845 20.47 10
1908 William H. Taft 197,216 52.46 William Jennings Bryan 161,209 42.88 - 10
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 212,955 64.81 Alton B. Parker 86,174 26.23 - 10
1900 William McKinley 185,955 52.56 William Jennings Bryan 162,601 45.96 - 10
1896 William McKinley 159,345 47.63 William Jennings Bryan 171,675 51.32 - 10
1892 Grover Cleveland no ballots Benjamin Harrison 157,241 48.40 James B. Weaver 163,111 50.20 10
1888 Benjamin Harrison 182,904 55.23 Grover Cleveland 102,745 31.03 - 9
1884 Grover Cleveland 90,132 33.90 James G. Blaine 154,406 58.08 - 9
1880 James A. Garfield 121,549 60.40 Winfield S. Hancock 59,801 29.72 James B. Weaver 19,851 9.86 5
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 78,324 63.10 Samuel J. Tilden 37,902 30.53 - 5
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 66,805 66.46 Horace Greeley 32,970 32.80 - 5
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 30,027 68.8 Horatio Seymour 13,600 31.2 - 3
1864 Abraham Lincoln 17,089 81.7 George B. McClellan 3,836 18.3 - 3
Presidential elections in Kansas
Map of the United States with Kansas highlighted
No. of elections39
Voted Democratic6
Voted Republican32
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate27
Voted for losing candidate12

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
1864 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 1864 United States presidential election in Kansas took place on November 8, 1864, as part of the 1864 United States presidential election. Kansas voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.Kansas was won by the incumbent President Abraham Lincoln (R-Illinois), running with former Senator and Military Governor of Tennessee Andrew Johnson, with 79.19% of the popular vote, against the 4th Commanding General of the United States Army George B. McClellan (D–Pennsylvania), running with Representative George H. Pendleton, with 17.78% of the vote.With 79.19% of the popular vote, Lincoln's victory with in the state would be his strongest victory in the country in terms of percentage in the popular vote, and the strongest performance by any presidential candidate in Kansas history.543 votes were cast for an independent candidate named E. Cheeseborough along with 112 write-in votes were cast. William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas states that Ellsworth Cheeseborough was nominated for Presidential Elector on the Republican ticket on September 8, 1864, but died before the election. It also appears that the write-in votes were cast for another Republican candidate for Presidential Elector Nelson McCracken, who also died before the election.

1868 United States presidential election in Kansas

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

Kansas voted for the Republican nominee, Ulysses S. Grant, over the Democratic nominee, Horatio Seymour. Grant won the state by a margin of 37.65%.

With 68.82% of the popular vote, Kansas would be Grant's third strongest victory in terms of popular vote percentage after Vermont and Massachusetts.

1872 United States presidential election in Kansas

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

Kansas voted for the Republican candidate, Ulysses S. Grant, over Liberal Republican candidate Horace Greeley. Grant won Kansas by a margin of 33.66%.

1876 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 1876 United States presidential election in Kansas took place on November 7, 1876, as part of the 1876 United States presidential election. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kansas voted for the Republican nominee, Rutherford B. Hayes, over the Democratic nominee, Samuel J. Tilden. Hayes won the state by a margin of 32.57%.

With 63.10% of the popular vote, Kansas would be Hayes' third strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont and Nebraska. With 6.26% of the popular vote, the state would also prove to be Greenback candidate Peter Cooper's best performing state.

1880 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 1880 United States presidential election in Kansas took place on November 2, 1880, as part of the 1880 United States presidential election. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kansas voted for the Republican nominee, James A. Garfield, over the Democratic nominee, Winfield Scott Hancock. Garfield won the state by a margin of 30.68%.

With 60.40% of the popular vote, Kansas would be Garfield's fifth strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont, Nebraska, Minnesota and Rhode Island. The state would also proved to be Weaver's fourth strongest state after Texas, Iowa, and Michigan.

1884 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 1884 Presidential Election held in Kansastook place on November 4, 1884, as part of the 1884 United States presidential election. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kansas was won by Republican nominee, James G. Blaine, over the Democratic nominee, Grover Cleveland. Blaine won the state by a margin of 24.18%.

With 58.08% of the popular vote, Kansas would prove to be Blaine's third strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont and Minnesota. The state would also prove to be Greenback Party candidate Benjamin Butler's second strongest state after Massachusetts.

1888 United States presidential election in Kansas

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

Kansas voted for the Republican nominee, Benjamin Harrison, over the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Grover Cleveland. Harrison won the state by a margin of 18.14 percent.

With 55.23% of the popular vote, Kansas would prove to be Harrison's fourth strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont, Nevada and Maine.

1892 United States presidential election in Kansas

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

Kansas 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. This was the first time that a non-Republican had won Kansas’ electoral votes since statehood, and one of only seven times out of the thirty-nine times Kansas has not voted Republican in a Presidential Election.

Kansas was one of a handful of states, five in total, that did not feature former and future President Grover Cleveland on their ballots: Kansas had been his second weakest state in 1888, garnering only 31.03 percent of the vote. Kansas was also Weaver’s fourth strongest state percentage-wise, and the state which gave him the most popular votes. Lorenzo D. Lewelling, a fellow Populist, was elected Governor of Kansas, almost perfectly matching Weaver's vote total.

1896 United States presidential election in Kansas

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

Kansas was won by the Democratic nominees, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate Arthur Sewall of Maine. This election marked the first time a Democratic presidential candidate carried the state of Kansas.

1900 United States presidential election in Kansas

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

Kansas 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 Kansas

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

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

1972 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 1972 United States presidential election in Kansas took place on November 7, 1972. All fifty states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Kansas voters chose seven electors to the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

Kansas was won by incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon by a landslide of 28 points; Nixon succeeded in securing re-election against Democratic Senator George McGovern of South Dakota. Nixon ran with Vice President, and former Maryland Governor, Spiro Agnew for vice president, and McGovern ran with United States Ambassador Sargent Shriver for vice president. In the midst of a nationwide Republican landslide, Nixon took 67.66 percent of Kansas’ vote to McGovern's 29.50 percent.

Kansas voters turned out heavily for Nixon, who won every county in the state. McGovern’s loss was heavily influenced by voter opposition to his far-left ideology. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time a Republican presidential candidate carried Wyandotte County.

1992 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 1992 United States presidential election in Kansas took place on November 3, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kansas was won by incumbent President George H.W. Bush (R-Texas) with 38.88% of the popular vote over Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) with 33.74%. Businessman Ross Perot (I-Texas) finished in third, with 26.99% of the popular vote. Kansas was surprisingly close, likely because Ross Perot split the vote. Had Clinton won in Kansas, it would have been a major upset victory. Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush and Perot. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Ellis County, Cherokee County, Leavenworth County, Shawnee County, Labette County, and Miami County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate, as well as the last election in which Wabaunsee County, Anderson County, Jefferson County, and Morris County did not support the Republican candidate.With 26.99% of the popular vote, Kansas would prove to be Perot's fifth strongest state after Maine, Alaska, Utah and Idaho.

1996 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 1996 United States presidential election in Kansas took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose 6 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kansas was won by Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) over President Bill Clinton (D), with Dole winning 54.29 percent to 36.08 percent by a margin of 18.21 percent. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform Party of the United States of America-TX) finished in third, with 8.62 percent of the popular vote, a sharp decline from 1992, when Perot captured 27 percent of the state’s votes and held George H.W. Bush’s victory margin to just over five percentage points. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Atchison County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.With 54.39% of the popular vote, Kansas proved to be Dole's second strongest state in the 1996 election after Utah.

2000 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 2000 United States presidential election in Kansas took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 6 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kansas was won by Governor George W. Bush. He won all of the congressional districts and counties in the state, except for Douglas County and Wyandotte County. Gore won Douglas with just 45.8% of the vote. Nader also had his best performance by far in Douglas, where he got over 10% of the vote. Bush performed very well in the first district, which is the western and most rural part of the state.

2008 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 2008 United States presidential election in Kansas took place on November 4, 2008, and was part of the 2008 United States presidential election. Voters chose 6 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kansas was won by Republican nominee John McCain by a 14.9% margin of victory. Prior to the election, all 17 news organizations considered this a state McCain would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. He won all but three counties and one congressional district in the state.

As of 2016, this is the last time that Crawford County went for the Democratic candidate in a presidential election.

2012 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 2012 United States presidential election in Kansas took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Kansas voters chose six 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. Romney and Ryan carried Kansas with 59.66% of the popular vote to Obama's and Biden's 38.05%, thus winning the state's six electoral votes.Obama carried only two counties: Douglas, home to Lawrence and the University of Kansas; and Wyandotte, home to Kansas City and the state's largest concentration of nonwhite voters. In 2008, Obama also carried Crawford County in southeast Kansas, but failed to do so this time.

2016 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 2016 United States presidential election in Kansas was held on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Kansas voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting the Republican Party's nominee, businessman Donald Trump, and running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

On March 5, 2016, in the presidential primaries, voters expressed their preferences for the Democratic and Republican parties' respective nominees for president.

Donald Trump won the election in Kansas with 56.16% of the vote. Hillary Clinton received 35.74% of the vote. Kansas was among the eleven states in which Hillary Clinton outperformed Barack Obama's margin in 2012 (though her percentage was lower than Obama's 38% of the vote), largely due to a significant shift towards Democrats in Johnson County.

2020 United States presidential election in Kansas

The 2020 United States presidential election in Kansas 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. Kansas voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Kansas has 6 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of February 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, Amy Klobuchar, and Bernie Sanders are among the major declared candidates.

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