United States presidential elections in Michigan

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Michigan, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1837, Michigan has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Michigan
Map of the United States with Michigan highlighted
No. of elections46
Voted Democratic16
Voted Republican28
Voted Whig1
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate33
Voted for losing candidate13

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 2,279,543 47.25 Hillary Clinton 2,268,839 47.03 - 16
2012 Barack Obama 2,564,569 54.21 Mitt Romney 2,115,256 44.71 - 16
2008 Barack Obama 2,872,579 57.43 John McCain 2,048,639 40.96 - 17
2004 George W. Bush 2,313,746 47.81 John Kerry 2,479,183 51.23 - 17
2000 George W. Bush 1,953,139 46.15 Al Gore 2,170,418 51.28 - 18
1996 Bill Clinton 1,989,653 51.69 Bob Dole 1,481,212 38.48 Ross Perot 336,670 8.75 18
1992 Bill Clinton 1,871,182 43.77 George H. W. Bush 1,554,940 36.38 Ross Perot 824,813 19.3 18
1988 George H. W. Bush 1,965,486 53.57 Michael Dukakis 1,675,783 45.67 - 20
1984 Ronald Reagan 2,251,571 59.23 Walter Mondale 1,529,638 40.24 - 20
1980 Ronald Reagan 1,915,225 48.99 Jimmy Carter 1,661,532 42.50 John B. Anderson 275,223 7.04 21
1976 Jimmy Carter 1,696,714 46.44 Gerald Ford 1,893,742 51.83 - 21
1972 Richard Nixon 1,961,721 56.20 George McGovern 1,459,435 41.81 - 21
1968 Richard Nixon 1,370,665 41.46 Hubert Humphrey 1,593,082 48.18 George Wallace 331,968 10.04 21
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 2,136,615 66.70 Barry Goldwater 1,060,152 33.10 - 21
1960 John F. Kennedy 1,687,269 50.85 Richard Nixon 1,620,428 48.84 - 20
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 1,713,647 55.63 Adlai Stevenson II 1,359,898 44.15 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 20
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 1,551,529 55.44 Adlai Stevenson II 1,230,657 43.97 - 20
1948 Harry S. Truman 1,003,448 47.57 Thomas E. Dewey 1,038,595 49.23 Strom Thurmond - 19
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1,106,899 50.19 Thomas E. Dewey 1,084,423 49.18 - 19
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1,032,991 49.52 Wendell Willkie 1,039,917 49.85 - 19
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1,016,794 56.33 Alf Landon 699,733 38.76 - 19
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 871,700 52.36 Herbert Hoover 739,894 44.44 - 19
1928 Herbert Hoover 965,396 70.36 Al Smith 396,762 28.92 - 15
1924 Calvin Coolidge 874,631 75.37 John W. Davis 152,359 13.13 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 122,014 10.51 15
1920 Warren G. Harding 762,865 72.76 James M. Cox 233,450 22.27 Parley P. Christensen 10,480 1.00 15
1916 Woodrow Wilson 286,775 44.05 Charles E. Hughes 339,097 52.09 - 15
1912 Woodrow Wilson 150,751 27.36 Theodore Roosevelt 214,584 38.95 William H. Taft 152,244 27.63 15
1908 William H. Taft 335,580 61.93 William Jennings Bryan 175,771 32.44 - 14
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 364,957 69.51 Alton B. Parker 135,392 25.79 - 14
1900 William McKinley 316,269 58.10 William Jennings Bryan 211,685 38.89 - 14
1896 William McKinley 293,336 53.77 William Jennings Bryan 237,166 43.47 - 14
1892 Grover Cleveland 201,624 43.26 Benjamin Harrison 222,708 47.79 James B. Weaver 19,931 4.28 14 Electoral vote split 9–5 by Congressional District method.
1888 Benjamin Harrison 236,387 49.73 Grover Cleveland 213,469 44.91 - 13
1884 Grover Cleveland 189,361 47.20 James G. Blaine 192,669 48.02 - 13
1880 James A. Garfield 185,335 52.49 Winfield S. Hancock 131,597 37.27 James B. Weaver 34,895 9.88 11
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 166,901 52.41 Samuel J. Tilden 141,685 44.49 - 11
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 138,758 62.66 Horace Greeley 78,551 35.47 - 11
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 128,563 57.0 Horatio Seymour 97,069 43.0 - 8
1864 Abraham Lincoln 91,133 55.1 George B. McClellan 74,146 44.9 - 8

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 88,481 57.2 Stephen A. Douglas 65,057 42.0 John C. Breckinridge 805 0.5 John Bell 415 0.3 6

Elections prior to 1860

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan 52,139 41.52 John C. Frémont 71,762 57.15 Millard Fillmore 1,660 1.32 6
1852 Franklin Pierce 41,842 50.45 Winfield Scott 33,860 40.83 John P. Hale 7,237 8.73 6
1848 Zachary Taylor 23,947 36.8 Lewis Cass 30,742 47.24 Martin Van Buren 10,393 15.97 5
1844 James K. Polk 27,737 49.75 Henry Clay 24,375 43.72 - 5
1840 William Henry Harrison 22,933 51.71 Martin Van Buren 21,096 47.57 - 3
1836 Martin Van Buren 7,122 56.22 William Henry Harrison 5,545 43.78 various[d] - - 3

Notes

  1. ^ Theodore Roosevelt, 1912.
  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 Michigan.
1840 United States presidential election in Michigan

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

Michigan voted for the Whig candidate, William Henry Harrison, over Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren. Harrison won Michigan by a margin of 4.14%.

1844 United States presidential election in Michigan

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

Michigan voted for the Democratic candidate, James K. Polk, over Whig candidate Henry Clay and Liberty candidate James G. Birney. Polk won Michigan by a margin of 6.03%.

With 6.53% of the popular vote, Michigan would prove to be Jame G. Birney's fourth strongest state after New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.

1848 United States presidential election in Michigan

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

Michigan voted for the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, over Whig candidate Zachary Taylor and Free Soil candidate Martin Van Buren. Cass won Michigan by a margin of 10.44%.

With 15.97% of the popular vote, Michigan would prove to be Van Buren's fifth strongest state after Vermont, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and New York.

1852 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1852 United States presidential election in Michigan 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.

Michigan voted for the Democratic candidate, Franklin Pierce, over Whig candidate Winfield Scott and Free Soil candidate John P. Hale. Pierce won Michigan by a margin of 9.62%.

1856 United States presidential election in Michigan

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

Michigan voted for the Republican candidate, John C. Frémont, over Democratic candidate, James Buchanan. Frémont won Michigan by a margin of 15.63%.

With 57.15% of the popular vote, Michigan proved to be Fremont's fifth strongest in the 1856 election after Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island.

1860 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1860 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 6, 1860, as part of the 1860 United States presidential election. Michigan voters chose six representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.Michigan was won by Illinois Representative Abraham Lincoln (R–Kentucky), running with Senator Hannibal Hamlin, with 57.23% of the popular vote, against Senator Stephen A. Douglas (D–Vermont), running with 41st Governor of Georgia Herschel V. Johnson, with 43.97% of the popular vote.

1864 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1864 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 8, 1864, as part of the 1864 United States presidential election. Michigan voters chose eight representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.Michigan was won by incumbent president Abraham Lincoln over Democratic challenger George B. McClellan by a margin of 7.2%.As of 2018, this is the last time Ottawa County voted for the Democratic candidate.

1868 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1868 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 3, 1868, as part of the 1868 United States presidential election. Michigan voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Michigan was won by Republican nominee General Ulysses S. Grant over Democratic candidate Governor Horatio Seymour by a margin of almost 14%.

1872 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1872 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 5, 1872, as part of the 1872 United States presidential election. Michigan voters chose eleven electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Michigan again went for Republican incumbent Ulysses S. Grant, increasing his margin of victory over his challenger (Liberal Republican Horace Greeley) to more than 27%.

1876 United States presidential election in Michigan

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

Republican nominee Rutherford B. Hayes won Michigan by an almost 8% margin, defeating Democratic candidate Samuel J. Tilden and taking the state's eleven electoral votes.

1880 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1880 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 2, 1880, as part of the 1880 United States presidential election. Michigan voters chose eleven electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Michigan voted for Republican nominees James A. Garfield of Ohio and his running mate Chester A. Arthur over Democratic candidates Winfield Scott Hancock of Pennsylvania and running mate William Hayden English.

With 9.88% of the popular vote, Michigan would prove to be Weaver's third strongest state in terms of popular vote percentage after Texas and Iowa.

1888 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1888 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 6, 1888, as part of the 1888 United States presidential election. Michigan voters chose thirteen electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Michigan voted for Republican nominees Benjamin Harrison of Indiana and his running mate Levi P. Morton of New York over Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland.

1896 United States presidential election in Michigan

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

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

1916 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1916 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 7, 1916, as part of the 1916 United States presidential election. Michigan voters chose fifteen representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Michigan voted for Republican candidate Charles E. Hughes over Democratic incumbent Woodrow Wilson, carrying over 52% of the popular vote.

1932 United States presidential election in Michigan

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

Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover, receiving 52% of the popular vote and Michigan's nineteen electoral votes.

1944 United States presidential election in Michigan

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

Michigan voted narrowly for Democratic nominee, incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt over Republican Governor of New York Thomas Dewey, carrying 50.19% of the vote to Dewey's 49.18%. The election was close, with Detroit, Flint and most of the Upper Peninsula going to Roosevelt and most of the rest of the state going to Dewey.

1960 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1960 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 8, 1960, as part of the 1960 United States presidential election. Michigan voters chose twenty representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Michigan was won by Senator John F. Kennedy (D–Massachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 50.85% of the popular vote against incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon (R–California), running with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., with 48.84% of the popular vote.

1976 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1976 United States presidential election in Michigan was held on November 2, 1976. Incumbent President Gerald Ford won his home state of Michigan with 51.83% of the vote, carrying Michigan's 21 electoral votes. However, he lost the general election to Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter. This marked the last time a Democrat won the presidency without carrying Michigan.

2020 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 2020 United States presidential election in Michigan 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. Michigan voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Michigan has 16 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of May 2019, Donald Trump and Bill Weld are the declared Republican candidates for 2020. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates.

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