United States presidential elections in Massachusetts

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Massachusetts, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1788, Massachusetts has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Massachusetts
Map of the United States with Massachusetts highlighted
No. of elections58
Voted Democratic20
Voted Republican21
Voted Whig5
Voted Democratic-Republican5
Voted Federalist5
Voted other2[a]
Voted for winning candidate37
Voted for losing candidate21

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 1,090,893 32.81 Hillary Clinton 1,995,196 60.01 - 11
2012 Barack Obama 1,921,290 60.65 Mitt Romney 1,188,314 37.51 - 11
2008 Barack Obama 1,904,097 61.80 John McCain 1,108,854 35.99 - 12
2004 George W. Bush 1,071,109 36.78 John Kerry 1,803,800 61.94 - 12
2000 George W. Bush 878,502 32.50 Al Gore 1,616,487 59.80 - 12
1996 Bill Clinton 1,571,763 61.47 Bob Dole 718,107 28.09 Ross Perot 227,217 8.89 12
1992 Bill Clinton 1,318,662 47.54 George H. W. Bush 805,049 29.03 Ross Perot 632,312 22.8 12
1988 George H. W. Bush 1,194,644 45.38 Michael Dukakis 1,401,406 53.23 - 13
1984 Ronald Reagan 1,310,936 51.22 Walter Mondale 1,239,606 48.43 - 13
1980 Ronald Reagan 1,057,631 41.90 Jimmy Carter 1,053,802 41.75 John B. Anderson 382,539 15.15 14
1976 Jimmy Carter 1,429,475 56.11 Gerald Ford 1,030,276 40.44 - 14
1972 Richard Nixon 1,112,078 45.23 George McGovern 1,332,540 54.20 - 14
1968 Richard Nixon 766,844 32.89 Hubert Humphrey 1,469,218 63.01 George Wallace 87,088 3.73 14
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 1,786,422 76.19 Barry Goldwater 549,727 23.44 - 14
1960 John F. Kennedy 1,487,174 60.22 Richard Nixon 976,750 39.55 - 16
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 1,393,197 59.32 Adlai Stevenson II 948,190 40.37 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 16
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 1,292,325 54.22 Adlai Stevenson II 1,083,525 45.46 - 16
1948 Harry S. Truman 1,151,788 54.66 Thomas E. Dewey 909,370 43.16 Strom Thurmond - 16
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1,035,296 52.80 Thomas E. Dewey 921,350 46.99 - 16
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1,076,522 53.11 Wendell Willkie 939,700 46.36 - 17
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 942,716 51.22 Alf Landon 768,613 41.76 - 17
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 800,148 50.64 Herbert Hoover 736,959 46.64 - 17
1928 Herbert Hoover 775,566 49.15 Al Smith 792,758 50.24 - 18
1924 Calvin Coolidge 703,476 62.26 John W. Davis 280,831 24.86 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 141,225 12.50 18
1920 Warren G. Harding 681,153 68.55 James M. Cox 276,691 27.84 - 18
1916 Woodrow Wilson 247,885 46.61 Charles E. Hughes 268,784 50.54 - 18
1912 Woodrow Wilson 173,408 35.53 Theodore Roosevelt 142,228 29.14 William H. Taft 155,948 31.95 18
1908 William H. Taft 265,966 58.21 William Jennings Bryan 155,543 34.04 - 16
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 257,822 57.92 Alton B. Parker 165,746 37.24 - 16
1900 William McKinley 238,866 57.59 William Jennings Bryan 156,997 37.85 - 15
1896 William McKinley 278,976 69.47 William Jennings Bryan 105,711 26.32 - 15
1892 Grover Cleveland 176,813 45.22 Benjamin Harrison 202,814 51.87 James B. Weaver 3,210 0.82 15
1888 Benjamin Harrison 183,892 53.42 Grover Cleveland 151,590 44.04 - 14
1884 Grover Cleveland 122,352 40.33 James G. Blaine 146,724 48.36 - 14
1880 James A. Garfield 165,198 58.53 Winfield S. Hancock 111,720 39.58 James B. Weaver 4,548 1.61 13
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 150,064 57.80 Samuel J. Tilden 108,777 41.90 - 13
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 133,455 69.20 Horace Greeley 59,195 30.69 - 13
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 136,379 69.80 Horatio Seymour 59,103 30.20 - 12
1864 Abraham Lincoln 126,742 72.20 George B. McClellan 48,745 27.80 - 12

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 106,684 62.9 Stephen A. Douglas 34,370 20.3 John C. Breckinridge 6,163 3.6 John Bell 22,331 13.2 13

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 39,244 23.08 John C. Frémont 108,172 63.61 Millard Fillmore 19,626 11.54 13
1852 Franklin Pierce 44,569 35.07 Winfield Scott 52,683 41.45 John P. Hale 28,203 22.19 13
1848 Zachary Taylor 61,072 45.32 Lewis Cass 35,281 26.18 Martin Van Buren 38,333 28.45 12
1844 James K. Polk 53,039 40.17 Henry Clay 67,062 50.79 - 12
1840 William Henry Harrison 72,852 57.44 Martin Van Buren 52,355 41.28 - 14
1836 Martin Van Buren 33,486 44.81 Daniel Webster 1,201 55.13 various[d] 14
1832 Andrew Jackson 13,933 20.61 Henry Clay 31,963 47.27 William Wirt 14,692 21.73 14
1828 Andrew Jackson 6,012 15.39 John Quincy Adams 29,836 76.36 - 15

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 30,687 72.97 Henry Clay no ballots William H. Crawford no ballots 15

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all twenty-two of the electoral votes of Massachusetts, 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 - 15 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 22
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 22
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 19
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 19
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 16
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 16
1792 George Washington - 16 Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89 George Washington - 10 Washington effectively ran unopposed.

Notes

  1. ^ George Washington, 1788-89, 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 William Henry Harrison, Hugh Lawson White, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in Massachusetts, whose ballot was the only one where Webster appeared.
1824 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1824 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place between October 26 and December 2, 1824, as part of the 1824 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 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. Massachusetts voted for native son John Quincy Adams.

1828 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1828 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place between October 31 and December 2, 1828, as part of the 1828 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Massachusetts voted for the National Republican candidate, incumbent president John Quincy Adams, over the Democratic candidate, Andrew Jackson. Adams won Massachusetts by a margin of 60.97%.

With 76.36% of the popular vote, Adams' home state would prove to be his second strongest victory in the 1828 election after neighboring Rhode Island.

1836 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts voted for Whig candidate and state native Daniel Webster over the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren. Webster won Massachusetts by a margin of 10.32%.

1840 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts voted for the Whig candidate, William Henry Harrison, over Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren. Harrison won Massachusetts by a margin of 16.16%.

1844 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1844 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place between November 1 and December 4, 1844, as part of the 1844 United States presidential election. Voters chose twelve representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Massachusetts voted for the Whig candidate, Henry Clay, over Democratic candidate James K. Polk and Liberty candidate James G. Birney. Clay won Massachusetts by a margin of 10.62%.

With 8.20% of the popular vote, Massachusetts would prove to be James G. Birney's second strongest state after neighboring New Hampshire.

1848 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1848 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 7, 1848, as part of the 1848 United States presidential election. Voters chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Massachusetts voted for the Whig candidate, Zachary Taylor, over Democratic candidate Lewis Cass and Free Soil candidate former president Martin Van Buren. Taylor won the state by a margin of 19.4%.

With 28.45% of the popular vote, Massachusetts would prove to by Van Buren's second strongest state in the country after neighboring Vermont.

1856 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1856 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 4, 1856, as part of the 1856 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts voted for the Republican candidate, John C. Frémont, over the Democratic candidate, James Buchanan, and the Know Nothing candidate, Millard Fillmore. Frémont won Massachusetts by a margin of 40.53%.

With 63.61% of the popular vote, Massachusetts would prove to be Frémont's second strongest state in the 1856 election after neighboring Vermont.

1860 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1860 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 2, 1860, as part of the 1860 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 electors of the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts was won by Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln, who won the state by 42.57%.

With 62.80% of the popular vote, Massachusetts would prove to be Lincoln's third strongest state in the 1860 election in terms of popular vote percentage after neighboring Vermont and Minnesota.

1864 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1864 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 8, 1864, as part of the 1864 United States presidential election. Voters chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts voted for the National Union candidate, Abraham Lincoln, over the Democratic candidate, George B. McClellan. Lincoln won the state by a margin of 44.44%.

Although Lincoln ran under the National Union banner, this is the best Republican performance in Massachusetts as of 2018. With 72.22% of the popular vote, Lincoln's performance in Massachusetts made it his third best performance in the 1864 election after Kansas and neighboring Vermont.

1876 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1876 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 7, 1876, as part of the 1876 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts voted for the Republican nominee, Rutherford B. Hayes, over the Democratic nominee, Samuel J. Tilden. Hayes won the state by a margin of 15.90%.

1880 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1880 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 2, 1880, as part of the 1880 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts voted for the Republican nominee, James A. Garfield, over the Democratic nominee, Winfield Scott Hancock. Garfield won the state by a margin of 18.95%.

1884 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1884 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 4, 1884, as part of the 1884 United States presidential election. Voters chose 14 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts voted for the Republican nominee, James G. Blaine, over the Democratic nominee, Grover Cleveland. Blaine won the state by a narrow margin of 8.03%.

1888 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1888 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 6, 1888, as part of the 1888 United States presidential election. Voters chose 14 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts voted for the Republican nominee, Benjamin Harrison, over the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Grover Cleveland. Harrison won the state by a narrow margin of 9.38%.

1892 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1892 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 8, 1892, as part of the 1892 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts 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 narrow margin of 6.65%.

With 51.87% of the popular vote, Massachusetts would prove to be Harrison's third strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after neighboring Vermont and Maine.

1896 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1896 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 3, 1896 as part of the 1896 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts overwhelmingly 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 Massachusetts by a margin of 43.15%.

With 69.47% of the popular vote, Massachusetts would be McKinley's second strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after neighboring Vermont.

1900 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1900 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 6, 1900 as part of the 1900 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted for the Republican nominee, President William McKinley, over the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative and 1896 Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan. McKinley won Massachusetts by a margin of 19.74% in this rematch of the 1896 presidential election. The return of economic prosperity and recent victory in the Spanish–American War helped McKinley to score a decisive victory.

1904 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1904 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 8, 1904 as part of the 1904 United States presidential election. Voters chose 16 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts 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 the state by a margin of 20.68%.

1908 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1908 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 3, 1908 as part of the 1908 United States presidential election. Voters chose 16 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts overwhelmingly 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 24.17%.

2020 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 2020 United States presidential election in Massachusetts 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. Massachusetts voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Massachusetts has 11 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of May 2019, Donald Trump and former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld are the declared Republican candidates. Current Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker declined to run against Trump, as did former Massachusetts governor and current Utah senator Mitt Romney.A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running. Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the declared major Democratic candidates. Elizabeth Warren, one of the two current senators from Massachusetts, formed an exploratory committee in December 2018 and declared her intention to run in February 2019. Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts, declined to run, as did former Massachusetts senator John Kerry.

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