United States presidential elections in Maine

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Maine, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1820, Maine has participated in every U.S. presidential election. Prior to 1820, much of the territory currently comprising the state of Maine was part of the state of Massachusetts, and citizens residing in that area have thus been able to participate in every U.S. election. Since 1972 Maine has split its Electoral votes between its two congressional districts.[1]

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Maine
Map of the United States with Maine highlighted
No. of elections50
Voted Democratic17
Voted Republican30
Voted Whig1
Voted Democratic-Republican2
Voted other0
Voted for winning candidate31
Voted for losing candidate19

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 335,593 44.87 Hillary Clinton 357,735 47.83 - 4 Electoral vote split, three for Clinton, one for Trump.
2012 Barack Obama 401,306 56.27 Mitt Romney 292,276 40.98 - 4
2008 Barack Obama 421,923 57.71 John McCain 295,273 40.38 - 4
2004 George W. Bush 330,201 44.58 John Kerry 396,842 53.57 - 4
2000 George W. Bush 286,616 43.97 Al Gore 319,951 49.09 - 4
1996 Bill Clinton 312,788 51.62 Bob Dole 186,378 30.76 Ross Perot 85,970 14.19 4
1992 Bill Clinton 263,420 38.77 George H. W. Bush 206,504 30.39 Ross Perot 206,820 30.44 4
1988 George H. W. Bush 307,131 55.34 Michael Dukakis 243,569 43.88 - 4
1984 Ronald Reagan 336,500 60.83 Walter Mondale 214,515 38.78 - 4
1980 Ronald Reagan 238,522 45.61 Jimmy Carter 220,974 42.25 John B. Anderson 53,327 10.2 4
1976 Jimmy Carter 232,279 48.07 Gerald Ford 236,320 48.91 - 4
1972 Richard Nixon 256,458 61.46 George McGovern 160,584 38.48 - 4
1968 Richard Nixon 169,254 43.07 Hubert Humphrey 217,312 55.3 George Wallace 6,370 1.62 4
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 262,264 68.84 Barry Goldwater 118,701 31.16 - 4
1960 John F. Kennedy 181,159 42.95 Richard Nixon 240,608 57.05 - 5
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 249,238 70.87 Adlai Stevenson II 102,468 29.13 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[b]
- 5
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 232,353 66.05 Adlai Stevenson II 118,806 33.77 - 5
1948 Harry S. Truman 111,916 42.27 Thomas E. Dewey 150,234 56.74 Strom Thurmond - 5
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 140,631 47.45 Thomas E. Dewey 155,434 52.44 - 5
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 156,478 48.77 Wendell Willkie 163,951 51.1 - 5
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 126,333 41.52 Alf Landon 168,823 55.49 - 5
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 128,907 43.19 Herbert Hoover 166,631 55.83 - 5
1928 Herbert Hoover 179,923 68.63 Al Smith 81,179 30.96 - 6
1924 Calvin Coolidge 138,440 72.03 John W. Davis 41,964 21.83 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 11,382 5.92 6
1920 Warren G. Harding 136,355 68.92 James M. Cox 58,961 29.8 - 6
1916 Woodrow Wilson 64,033 46.97 Charles E. Hughes 69,508 50.99 - 6
1912 Woodrow Wilson 51,113 39.43 Theodore Roosevelt 48,495 37.41 William H. Taft 26,545 20.48 6
1908 William H. Taft 66,987 63 William Jennings Bryan 35,403 33.29 - 6
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 65,432 67.44 Alton B. Parker 27,642 28.49 - 6
1900 William McKinley 65,412 61.89 William Jennings Bryan 36,822 34.84 - 6
1896 William McKinley 80,403 67.9 William Jennings Bryan 34,587 29.21 - 6
1892 Grover Cleveland 48,049 41.26 Benjamin Harrison 62,936 54.05 James B. Weaver 2,396 2.06 6
1888 Benjamin Harrison 73,730 57.49 Grover Cleveland 50,472 39.35 - 6
1884 Grover Cleveland 52,153 39.97 James G. Blaine 72,217 55.34 - 6
1880 James A. Garfield 74,052 51.46 Winfield S. Hancock 65,211 45.32 James B. Weaver 4,409 3.06 7
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 66,300 56.64 Samuel J. Tilden 49,917 42.65 - 7
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 61,426 67.86 Horace Greeley 29,097 32.14 - 7
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 70,502 62.4 Horatio Seymour 42,460 37.6 - 7
1864 Abraham Lincoln 67,805 59.1 George B. McClellan 46,992 40.9 - 7

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 62,811 62.2 Stephen A. Douglas 29,693 29.4 John C. Breckinridge 6,368 6.3 John Bell 2,046 2.0 8

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 39,140 35.68 John C. Frémont 67,279 61.34 Millard Fillmore 3,270 2.98 8
1852 Franklin Pierce 41,609 50.63 Winfield Scott 32,543 39.6 John P. Hale 8,030 9.77 8
1848 Zachary Taylor 35,273 40.25 Lewis Cass 40,195 45.87 Martin Van Buren 12,157 13.87 9
1844 James K. Polk 45,719 53.83 Henry Clay 34,378 40.48 - 9
1840 William Henry Harrison 46,612 50.23 Martin Van Buren 46,190 49.77 - 10
1836 Martin Van Buren 22,825 58.92 William Henry Harrison 14,803 38.21 various[c] 10
1832 Andrew Jackson 33,978 54.67 Henry Clay 27,331 43.97 William Wirt 844 1.36 10
1828 Andrew Jackson 13,927 40.03 John Quincy Adams 20,773 59.71 - 9 Electoral vote split 8 to 1.

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 no ballots John Quincy Adams 10,289 81.50 Henry Clay no ballots William H. Crawford 2,336 18.50 9

Election of 1820

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

References

  1. ^ 270 to Win; Maine

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 Maine.
1832 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1832 United States presidential election in Maine took place between November 2 and December 5, 1832, as part of the 1832 United States presidential election. Voters chose 10 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Maine 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 Maine by a margin of 10.70%.

1848 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1848 United States presidential election in Maine 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.

Maine voted for the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, over Whig candidate Zachary Taylor and Free Soil candidate Martin Van Buren. Cass won Maine by a margin of 5.62% over Taylor.

1852 United States presidential election in Maine

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

Maine voted for the Democratic candidate, Franklin Pierce, over the Whig Party candidate, Winfield Scott. Pierce won the state by a margin of 11.03%.

Pierce would be the last Democratic candidate to win Maine until Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and the last one until Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 to win a majority of the popular vote.

1856 United States presidential election in Maine

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

Maine voted for the Republican candidate, John C. Frémont, over the Democratic candidate, James Buchanan, and the Know Nothing candidate, Millard Fillmore. Frémont won the state by a margin of 25.66%.

With 61.34% of the popular vote, Maine would prove to be Frémont's third strongest state in the 1856 election after Vermont and Massachusetts.

1864 United States presidential election in Maine

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

Maine voted for the National Union candidate, Abraham Lincoln, over the Democratic candidate, George B. McClellan. Lincoln won the state by a margin of 18.14%.

1868 United States presidential election in Maine

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

Maine voted for the Republican nominee, Ulysses S. Grant, over the Democratic nominee, Horatio Seymour. Grant won the state by a margin of 24.82%.

1872 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1872 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 5, 1872. All contemporary 37 states were part of the 1872 United States presidential election. The state voters chose seven electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Maine was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant of Illinois and his running mate Senator Henry Wilson of Massachusetts. Grant and Wilson defeated the Liberal Republican and Democratic nominees, former Congressman Horace Greeley of New York and his running mate former Senator and Governor Benjamin Gratz Brown of Missouri by a margin of 35.72%.

1876 United States presidential election in Maine

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

Maine voted for the Republican nominee, Rutherford B. Hayes, over the Democratic nominee, Samuel J. Tilden. Hayes won the state by a margin of 13.99%.

1884 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1884 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 4, 1884, as part of the 1884 United States presidential election. Voters chose six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Maine voted for the Republican nominee, James G. Blaine, over the Democratic nominee, Grover Cleveland. Blaine won the state by a margin of 15.37%.

1888 United States presidential election in Maine

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 six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Maine 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 57.49% of the popular vote, Maine would prove to be Harrison's third strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont and Nevada.

1892 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1892 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 8, 1892, as part of the 1892 United States presidential election. Voters chose six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Maine voted for the Republican nominee, incumbent President Benjamin Harrison, over the Democratic nominee, former President Grover Cleveland, who was running for a second, non-consecutive term. Harrison won the state by a margin of 12.79%.

With 54.05% of the popular vote, Maine would prove to be Harrison's second strongest victory in terms of percentage of the popular vote after Vermont.

1896 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1896 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 3, 1896 as part of the 1896 United States presidential election. Voters chose six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Maine voted for the Republican nominee, former governor of Ohio William McKinley, over the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative from Nebraska William Jennings Bryan. McKinley won the state by a margin of 38.69%.

With 67.90% of the popular vote, Maine would be McKinley's fifth strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont, Massachusetts, neighboring New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

1904 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1904 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 8, 1904 as part of the 1904 United States presidential election. Voters chose six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Maine overwhelmingly voted for the Republican nominee, President Theodore Roosevelt, over the Democratic nominee, former Chief Judge of New York Court of Appeals Alton B. Parker. Roosevelt won Maine by a margin of 38.95 percent.

1908 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1908 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 3, 1908 as part of the 1908 United States presidential election. Voters chose six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Maine voted for the Republican nominee, Secretary of War William Howard Taft, over the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan. Taft won the state by a margin of 29.71 percent.

With 63% of the popular vote, Maine would be Taft's second strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after nearby Vermont.

1944 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1944 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 7, 1944, as part of the 1944 United States presidential election. State voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Maine was won by Republican Party candidate New York governor Thomas E. Dewey over Democratic candidate, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Dewey won Maine by a narrow margin of 4.99 percent.

1948 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1948 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 7, 1944, as part of the 1948 United States presidential election. State voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Maine was won by Republican candidate New York governor Thomas E. Dewey over Democratic candidate, incumbent President Harry S. Truman.

Dewey won Maine by a margin of 14.47 percent. With 56.74% of the popular vote, it would be his second strongest state after nearby Vermont.

1952 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1952 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 4, 1952, as part of the 1952 United States presidential election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Maine overwhelmingly voted for the Republican nominee, General Dwight D. Eisenhower of New York, over the Democratic nominee, former Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. Eisenhower ran with Senator Richard Nixon of California, while Stevenson's running mate was Senator John Sparkman of Alabama.

Eisenhower won Maine by a margin of 32.28 percent.

1960 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1960 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 8, 1960, as part of the 1960 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Maine voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President Richard Nixon of California, over the Democratic nominee, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Nixon's ran with Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. of Massachusetts, while Kennedy ran with Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas.

Nixon carried Maine by a margin of 14.11 percent.

2020 United States presidential election in Maine

The 2020 United States presidential election in Maine 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. Maine voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Maine has 4 electoral votes in the Electoral College.

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