United States presidential elections in Louisiana

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Louisiana, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1812, Louisiana has participated in every U.S. presidential election except the election of 1864, during the American Civil War. At that time, Louisiana was controlled by the Union and held elections, but electors were not ultimately counted.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Louisiana
Map of the United States with Louisiana highlighted
No. of elections51
Voted Democratic32
Voted Republican12
Voted Whig2
Voted Democratic-Republican3
Voted other2[a]
Voted for winning candidate32
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 1,178,638 58.09 Hillary Clinton 780,154 38.45 - 8
2012 Barack Obama 809,141 40.58 Mitt Romney 1,152,262 57.78 - 8
2008 Barack Obama 782,989 39.93 John McCain 1,148,275 58.56 - 9
2004 George W. Bush 1,102,169 56.72 John Kerry 820,299 42.22 - 9
2000 George W. Bush 927,871 52.55 Al Gore 792,344 44.88 - 9
1996 Bill Clinton 927,837 52.01 Bob Dole 712,586 39.94 Ross Perot 123,293 6.91 9
1992 Bill Clinton 815,971 45.58 George H. W. Bush 733,386 40.97 Ross Perot 211,478 11.81 9
1988 George H. W. Bush 883,702 54.27 Michael Dukakis 734,281 44.06 - 10
1984 Ronald Reagan 1,037,299 60.77 Walter Mondale 651,586 38.18 - 10
1980 Ronald Reagan 792,853 51.20 Jimmy Carter 708,453 45.75 John B. Anderson 26,345 1.7 10
1976 Jimmy Carter 661,365 51.73 Gerald Ford 587,446 45.95 - 10
1972 Richard Nixon 686,852 65.32 George McGovern 298,142 28.35 - 10
1968 Richard Nixon 257,535 23.47 Hubert Humphrey 309,615 28.21 George Wallace 530,300 48.32 10
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 387,068 43.19 Barry Goldwater 509,225 56.81 - 10
1960 John F. Kennedy 407,339 50.42 Richard Nixon 230,980 28.59 Unpledged electors 169,572 20.99 10
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 329,047 53.28 Adlai Stevenson II 243,977 39.51 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
44,520 7.21 10
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 306,925 47.08 Adlai Stevenson II 345,027 52.92 - 10
1948 Harry S. Truman 136,344 32.75 Thomas E. Dewey 72,657 17.45 Strom Thurmond 204,290 49.07 10
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 281,564 80.59 Thomas E. Dewey 67,750 19.39 - 10
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 319,751 85.88 Wendell Willkie 52,446 14.09 - 10
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 292,894 88.82 Alf Landon 36,791 11.16 - 10
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 249,418 92.79 Herbert Hoover 18,853 7.01 - 10
1928 Herbert Hoover 51,160 23.70 Al Smith 164,655 76.29 - 10
1924 Calvin Coolidge 24,670 20.23 John W. Davis 93,218 76.44 Robert M. La Follette Sr. - - 10
1920 Warren G. Harding 38,538 30.49 James M. Cox 87,519 69.24 - 10
1916 Woodrow Wilson 79,875 85.90 Charles E. Hughes 6,466 6.95 - 10
1912 Woodrow Wilson 60,871 76.81 Theodore Roosevelt 9,283 11.71 William H. Taft 3,833 4.84 10
1908 William H. Taft 8,958 11.93 William Jennings Bryan 63,568 84.63 - 9
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 5,205 9.66 Alton B. Parker 47,708 88.50 - 9
1900 William McKinley 14,234 20.96 William Jennings Bryan 53,668 79.03 - 8
1896 William McKinley 22,037 21.81 William Jennings Bryan 77,175 76.38 - 8
1892 Grover Cleveland 87,926 76.53 Benjamin Harrison 26,963 23.47 James B. Weaver - - 8
1888 Benjamin Harrison 30,660 26.46 Grover Cleveland 85,032 73.37 - 8
1884 Grover Cleveland 62,594 57.22 James G. Blaine 46,347 42.37 - 8
1880 James A. Garfield 38,978 37.31 Winfield S. Hancock 65,047 62.27 James B. Weaver 437 0.42 8
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 75,315 51.65 Samuel J. Tilden 70,508 48.35 - 8
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 71,663 55.69 Horace Greeley 57,029 44.31 - 8
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 33,263 29.3 Horatio Seymour 80,225 70.7 - 7
1864 Abraham Lincoln George B. McClellan - n/a Controlled by the Union by 1864 and held elections, but electors (who voted for Lincoln) were not ultimately counted.

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 no ballots Stephen A. Douglas 7,625 15.1 John C. Breckinridge 22,681 44.9 John Bell 20,204 40.0 6

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 22,164 51.7 John C. Frémont no ballots Millard Fillmore 20,709 48.3 6
1852 Franklin Pierce 18,647 51.94 Winfield Scott 17,255 48.06 John P. Hale no ballots 6
1848 Zachary Taylor 18,487 54.59 Lewis Cass 15,379 45.41 Martin Van Buren no ballots 6
1844 James K. Polk 13,782 51.3 Henry Clay 13,083 48.7 - 6
1840 William Henry Harrison 11,296 59.73 Martin Van Buren 7,616 40.27 - 5
1836 Martin Van Buren 3,842 51.74 Hugh Lawson White 3,583 48.26 various<[d] 5
1832 Andrew Jackson 3,908 61.67 Henry Clay 2,429 38.33 William Wirt no ballots 5
1828 Andrew Jackson 4,605 53.01 John Quincy Adams 4,082 46.99 - 5

Elections from 1812 to 1824

In elections from 1812 to 1824, Louisiana did not conduct a popular vote. Each Elector was appointed by state legislature.

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) Loser(s) (nationally) Electoral
Votes
Notes
1824 John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson
Henry Clay
William H. Crawford
5 Electoral vote was split, with Jackson receiving three votes and Adams receiving two votes.
1820 James Monroe - 3 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 3
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 3

Notes

  1. ^ George Wallace, 1968; Strom Thurmond, 1948.
  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 William Henry Harrison, Daniel Webster, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in Louisiana.
1812 United States presidential election in Louisiana

The 1812 United States presidential election in Louisiana took place between October 30 and December 2, 1812, as part of the 1812 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Louisiana, which became the 18th state on April 30, 1812, cast its three electoral votes to Democratic Republican candidate and incumbent President James Madison in the states first presidential election.

1816 United States presidential election in Louisiana

The 1816 United States presidential election in Louisiana took place between November 1 to December 4, 1816, as part of the 1816 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, Louisiana cast its three electoral votes to Democratic Republican candidate and Secretary of State James Monroe.

1836 United States presidential election in Louisiana

The 1836 United States presidential election in Louisiana 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.

Louisiana voted for the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate Hugh White. Van Buren won Louisiana by a margin of 3.48%.

1852 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana voted for the Democratic candidate, Franklin Pierce, over Whig candidate Winfield Scott. Pierce won Louisiana by a margin of 3.88%.

1864 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana voted for incumbent Republican President Abraham Lincoln. The state (along with Tennessee) both chose electors for the election after being captured early in the American Civil War. However, Congress did not count their votes.

1876 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana voted for the Republican nominee, Rutherford B. Hayes, over the Democratic nominee, Samuel J. Tilden. Hayes won the state by a narrow margin of 3.30%.

This would be the final presidential election until Dwight D. Eisenhower won the state in 1956 where a Republican presidential candidate would win Louisiana.

1880 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana voted for the Democratic nominee, Winfield Scott Hancock, over the Republican nominee, James A. Garfield. Hancock won the state by a margin of 24.96%.

1892 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana 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 Louisiana

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

Louisiana was won by the Democratic nominees, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate Arthur Sewall of Maine. Four electors cast their Vice Presidential ballots for Thomas E. Watson.

1900 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana 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 Louisiana

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

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

1912 United States presidential election in Louisiana

The 1912 United States presidential election in Louisiana took place on November 5, 1912, as part of the 1912 United States presidential election. Louisiana voters chose ten representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Louisiana was won by Princeton University President Woodrow Wilson (D–Virginia), running with governor of Indiana Thomas R. Marshall, with 76.81% of the popular vote, against the 26th president of the United States Theodore Roosevelt (P–New York), running with governor of California Hiram Johnson, with 11.71% of the popular vote and the five-time candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States Eugene V. Debs (S–Indiana), running with the first Socialist mayor of a major city in the United States Emil Seidel, with 13.33% of the popular vote.Louisiana was one of the states where the sitting president William Howard Taft came in fourth due to the hatred of the Republican Party in the American south.

1936 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Vice President John Nance Garner, with 88.82% of the popular vote, against Governor Alf Landon (R–Kansas), running with Frank Knox, with 11.16% of the popular vote.By percentage of the popular vote won, Louisiana was Roosevelt's third-best state, behind only South Carolina (98.57%) and Mississippi (97.06%).

1940 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Secretary Henry A. Wallace, with 85.88% of the popular vote, against Wendell Willkie (R–Indiana), running with Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 14.09% of the popular vote.By percentage of the vote carried, Louisiana was the third-most lopsided contest in the nation, only to South Carolina and Mississippi, whose margins both exceeded ninety percent in favor of Roosevelt.

1952 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana was won by Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator John Sparkman, with 52.92% of the popular vote, against Columbia University President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–New York), running with Senator Richard Nixon, with 47.08% of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Ouachita Parish, Union Parish, and LaSalle Parish voted for the Democratic candidate.

1964 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

Louisiana was won by Senator Barry Goldwater (R–Arizona), with 56.81 percent of the popular vote, against incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson (D–Texas), with 43.19 percent of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Lafayette Parish voted for the Democratic candidate.

1988 United States presidential election in Louisiana

The 1988 United States presidential election in Louisiana took place on November 8, 1988, as part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Voters chose ten representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Louisiana strongly voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis. The margin was ten percent, which was nonetheless the best Southern state showing for Dukakis. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Tensas Parish voted for a Republican presidential candidate.

1992 United States presidential election in Louisiana

The 1992 United States presidential election in Louisiana took place on November 7, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Louisiana was won by Governor Bill Clinton, a major swing from the statewide results in 1988 when Republican nominee George H.W. Bush carried the state with 54 percent of the vote and with a double-digit margin of victory. Clinton won most of the parishes and congressional districts in the state, dominating the rural areas of the state. The only congressional district Bush won was the first district, which includes two of the most heavily Republican parishes in the state, Jefferson and St. Tammany. Independent Ross Perot gathered 11.81 percent of the vote, a strong showing for a third-party candidate but still his sixth-weakest state. Perot did best in the southwestern Acadian bayou parishes, exceeding 23 percent in Cameron Parish.

2020 United States presidential election in Louisiana

The 2020 United States presidential election in Louisiana 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. Louisiana voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Louisiana 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, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris are among the major declared candidates.

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