United States presidential elections in Kentucky

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Kentucky, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1792, Kentucky has participated in every U.S. presidential election. Prior to the election of 1792, Kentucky was part of Virginia, and residents of the area voted as part of that state.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Kentucky
Map of the United States with Kentucky highlighted
No. of elections57
Voted Democratic26
Voted Republican15
Voted Whig5
Voted Democratic-Republican9
Voted other2[a]
Voted for winning candidate38
Voted for losing candidate20

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 1,202,971 62.52 Hillary Clinton 628,854 32.68 - 8
2012 Barack Obama 679,370 37.80 Mitt Romney 1,087,190 60.49 - 8
2008 Barack Obama 751,985 41.17 John McCain 1,048,462 57.40 - 8
2004 George W. Bush 1,069,439 59.55 John Kerry 712,733 39.69 - 8
2000 George W. Bush 872,492 56.50 Al Gore 638,898 41.37 - 8
1996 Bill Clinton 636,614 45.84 Bob Dole 623,283 44.88 Ross Perot 120,396 8.67 8
1992 Bill Clinton 665,104 44.55 George H. W. Bush 617,178 41.34 Ross Perot 203,944 13.66 8
1988 George H. W. Bush 734,281 55.52 Michael Dukakis 580,368 43.88 - 9
1984 Ronald Reagan 822,785 60.04 Walter Mondale 539,589 39.37 - 9
1980 Ronald Reagan 635,274 49.07 Jimmy Carter 616,417 47.61 John B. Anderson 31,127 2.40 9
1976 Jimmy Carter 615,717 52.75 Gerald Ford 531,852 45.57 - 9
1972 Richard Nixon 676,446 63.37 George McGovern 371,159 34.77 - 9
1968 Richard Nixon 462,411 43.79 Hubert Humphrey 397,541 37.65 George Wallace 193,098 18.29 9
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 669,659 64.01 Barry Goldwater 372,977 35.65 - 9
1960 John F. Kennedy 521,855 46.41 Richard Nixon 602,607 53.59 - 10
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 572,192 54.30 Adlai Stevenson II 476,453 45.21 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 10
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 495,029 49.84 Adlai Stevenson II 495,729 49.91 - 10
1948 Harry S. Truman 466,756 56.74 Thomas E. Dewey 341,210 41.48 Strom Thurmond 10,411 1.27 11
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 472,589 54.45 Thomas E. Dewey 392,448 45.22 - 11
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 557,222 57.44 Wendell Willkie 410,384 42.30 - 11
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 541,944 58.51 Alf Landon 369,702 39.92 - 11
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 580,574 59.06 Herbert Hoover 394,716 40.15 - 11
1928 Herbert Hoover 558,064 59.33 Al Smith 381,070 40.51 - 13
1924 Calvin Coolidge 398,966 48.93 John W. Davis 374,855 45.98 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 38,465 4.72 13
1920 Warren G. Harding 452,480 49.25 James M. Cox 456,497 49.69 - 13
1916 Woodrow Wilson 269,990 51.91 Charles E. Hughes 241,854 46.50 - 13
1912 Woodrow Wilson 219,484 48.48 Theodore Roosevelt 101,766 22.48 William H. Taft 115,510 25.52 13
1908 William H. Taft 235,711 48.03 William Jennings Bryan 244,092 49.74 - 13
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 205,457 47.13 Alton B. Parker 217,170 49.82 - 13
1900 William McKinley 227,132 48.51 William Jennings Bryan 235,126 50.21 - 13
1896 William McKinley 218,171 48.93 William Jennings Bryan 217,894 48.86 - 13 Electoral vote split twelve to one.
1892 Grover Cleveland 175,461 51.48 Benjamin Harrison 135,462 39.74 James B. Weaver 23,500 6.89 13
1888 Benjamin Harrison 155,138 44.98 Grover Cleveland 183,830 53.30 - 13
1884 Grover Cleveland 152,961 55.32 James G. Blaine 118,690 42.93 - 13
1880 James A. Garfield 106,490 39.87 Winfield S. Hancock 148,875 55.74 James B. Weaver 11,506 4.31 12
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 97,568 37.44 Samuel J. Tilden 160,060 61.41 - 12
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 88,766 46.44 Horace Greeley 99,995 52.32 - 12
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 39,566 25.5 Horatio Seymour 115,889 74.5 - 11
1864 Abraham Lincoln 27,787 30.2 George B. McClellan 64,301 69.8 - 11

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 1,364 0.9 Stephen A. Douglas 25,651 17.5 John C. Breckinridge 53,143 36.3 John Bell 66,058 45.2 12

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 74,642 52.54 John C. Frémont no ballots Millard Fillmore 67,416 47.46 12
1852 Franklin Pierce 53,494 48.32 Winfield Scott 57,428 51.44 John P. Hale 266 0.24 12
1848 Zachary Taylor 67,145 57.46 Lewis Cass 49,720 42.54 Martin Van Buren no ballots 12
1844 James K. Polk 51,988 45.91 Henry Clay 61,249 54.09 - 12
1840 William Henry Harrison 58,488 64.20 Martin Van Buren 32,616 35.80 - 15
1836 Martin Van Buren 33,229 47.41 William Henry Harrison 36,861 52.59 various[d] 15
1832 Andrew Jackson 36,292 45.51 Henry Clay 43,449 54.49 William Wirt no ballots 15
1828 Andrew Jackson 39,308 55.54 John Quincy Adams 31,468 44.46 - 14

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 6,356 27.23 John Quincy Adams no ballots Henry Clay 16,982 72.77 William H. Crawford no ballots 14

Elections from 1792 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all twelve of Kentucky'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.

Year Winner (nationally) Loser (nationally) Electoral
Votes
Notes
1820 James Monroe - 12 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 12
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 12
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 7
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 8
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 4
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 4
1792 George Washington - 4 Washington effectively ran unopposed.

Notes

  1. ^ John Bell, 1860; George Washington, 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 Kentucky.
1824 United States presidential election in Kentucky

The 1824 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place between October 26 and December 2, 1824, as part of the 1824 United States presidential election. Voters chose 14 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. Kentucky voted for Henry Clay over Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and William H. Crawford. Clay won Kentucky, his home state, by a wide margin of 45.54%.

1828 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky voted for the Democratic candidate, Andrew Jackson, over the National Republican candidate, John Quincy Adams. Jackson won Kentucky by a margin of 11.08%.

1832 United States presidential election in Kentucky

The 1832 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place between November 2 and December 5, 1832, as part of the 1832 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Kentucky voted for the National Republican candidate, Henry Clay, over the Democratic Party candidate, Andrew Jackson. Clay won Kentucky by a margin of 8.98%.

1836 United States presidential election in Kentucky

The 1836 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place between November 3 and December 7, 1836, as part of the 1836 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Kentucky voted for Whig candidate William Henry Harrison over the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren. Harrison won Kentucky by a margin of 5.18%.

1848 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky voted for the Whig candidate, Zachary Taylor, over Democratic candidate Lewis Cass. Taylor won Kentucky by a margin of 14.92%.

1856 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky voted for the Democratic candidate, James Buchanan, over American Party candidate Millard Fillmore. Buchanan won Kentucky by a margin of 5.08%.

Republican Party candidate John C. Frémont was not on the ballot in the state.

1868 United States presidential election in Kentucky

The 1868 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 3, 1868, as part of the 1868 United States presidential election. Voters chose 11 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Kentucky voted for the Democratic nominee, Horatio Seymour over the Republican nominee, Ulysses S. Grant. Seymour won the state by a margin of 49.1%.

With 74.55% of the popular vote, Kentucky would be Seymour's strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote.

1892 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky 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 Kentucky

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

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

This was the first time that a Republican candidate carried the state.

1900 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky 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 Kentucky

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

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

1908 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky was won by the Democratic nominees, former Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate John W. Kern of Indiana.

1932 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky was won by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Speaker John Nance Garner, with 59.06% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Herbert Hoover (R–California), running with Vice President Charles Curtis, with 40.15% of the popular vote.

1936 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Vice President John Nance Garner, with 58.51% of the popular vote, against Governor Alf Landon (R–Kansas), running with Frank Knox, with 39.92% of the popular vote.

1940 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Secretary Henry A. Wallace, with 57.45% of the popular vote, against Wendell Willkie (R–Indiana), running with Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 42.30% of the popular vote.

1944 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Senator Harry S. Truman, with 54.45% of the popular vote, against Governor Thomas E. Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor John W. Bricker, with 45.22% of the popular vote.

1948 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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

Kentucky was won by incumbent President Harry S. Truman (D–Missouri), running with Senator Alben W. Barkley, with 56.74% of the popular vote, against Governor Thomas Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor Earl Warren, with 41.48% of the popular vote.

1968 United States presidential election in Kentucky

The 1968 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 5, 1968. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Kentucky voters chose 9 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

Former Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee, won the state with 462,411 votes and 43.79 percent of the vote, with Vice President Hubert Humphrey, the Democratic nominee, taking 397,541 votes and 37.65 percent of the vote, followed by American Independent George Wallace, who took 193,098 votes and 18.29 percent of the vote.

2020 United States presidential election in Kentucky

The 2020 United States presidential election in Kentucky 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. Kentucky voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Kentucky has 8 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 Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren are the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.

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