United States presidential elections in Montana

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Montana, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1889, Montana has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[a]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 279,240 55.65 Hillary Clinton 177,709 35.41 - 3
2012 Barack Obama 201,839 41.70 Mitt Romney 267,928 55.35 - 3
2008 Barack Obama 231,667 47.25 John McCain 242,763 49.51 - 3
2004 George W. Bush 266,063 59.07 John Kerry 173,710 38.56 - 3
2000 George W. Bush 240,178 58.44 Al Gore 137,126 33.36 - 3
1996 Bill Clinton 167,922 41.23 Bob Dole 179,652 44.11 Ross Perot 55,229 13.56 3
1992 Bill Clinton 154,507 37.63 George H. W. Bush 144,207 35.12 Ross Perot 107,225 26.12 3
1988 George H. W. Bush 190,412 52.07 Michael Dukakis 168,936 46.20 - 4
1984 Ronald Reagan 232,450 60.47 Walter Mondale 146,742 38.18 - 4
1980 Ronald Reagan 206,814 56.82 Jimmy Carter 118,032 32.43 John B. Anderson 29,281 8.05 4
1976 Jimmy Carter 149,259 45.40 Gerald Ford 173,703 52.84 - 4
1972 Richard Nixon 183,976 57.93 George McGovern 120,197 37.85 - 4
1968 Richard Nixon 138,835 50.60 Hubert Humphrey 114,117 41.59 George Wallace 20,015 7.29 4
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 164,246 58.95 Barry Goldwater 113,032 40.57 - 4
1960 John F. Kennedy 134,891 48.60 Richard Nixon 141,841 51.10 - 4
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 154,933 57.13 Adlai Stevenson II 116,238 42.87 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[b]
- 4
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 157,394 59.39 Adlai Stevenson II 106,213 40.07 - 4
1948 Harry S. Truman 119,071 53.09 Thomas E. Dewey 96,770 43.15 Strom Thurmond - 4
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 112,556 54.28 Thomas E. Dewey 93,163 44.93 - 4
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 145,698 58.78 Wendell Willkie 99,579 40.17 - 4
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 159,690 69.28 Alf Landon 63,598 27.59 - 4
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 127,286 58.80 Herbert Hoover 78,078 36.07 - 4
1928 Herbert Hoover 113,300 58.37 Al Smith 78,578 40.48 - 4
1924 Calvin Coolidge 74,138 42.50 John W. Davis 33,805 19.38 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 66,123 37.91 4
1920 Warren G. Harding 109,430 61.13 James M. Cox 57,372 32.05 - 4
1916 Woodrow Wilson 101,063 56.88 Charles E. Hughes 66,750 37.57 - 4
1912 Woodrow Wilson 27,941 35.00 Theodore Roosevelt 22,456 28.13 William H. Taft 18,512 23.19 4
1908 William H. Taft 32,333 46.98 William Jennings Bryan 29,326 42.61 - 3
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 34,932 54.21 Alton B. Parker 21,773 33.79 - 3
1900 William McKinley 25,409 39.79 William Jennings Bryan 37,311 58.43 - 3
1896 William McKinley 10,509 19.71 William Jennings Bryan 42,628 79.93 - 3
1892 Grover Cleveland 17,690 39.79 Benjamin Harrison 18,871 42.44 James B. Weaver 7,338 16.50 3
Presidential elections in Montana
Map of the United States with Montana highlighted
No. of elections32
Voted Democratic11
Voted Republican21
Voted other0
Voted for winning candidate24
Voted for losing candidate8

Notes

  1. ^ 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
1892 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1892 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 8, 1892, as part of the 1892 United States presidential election. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana 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 and over the People's Party (Populists) nominee James B. Weaver. Harrison won Montana by a margin of 2.65 percent.

This was the first time that Montana voted in a national election.

1896 United States presidential election in Montana

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

Montana overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative from Nebraska William Jennings Bryan over the Republican nominee, former governor of Ohio William McKinley. Bryan won Montana by a landslide margin of 60.22 percentage points.

Bryan's support for many Populist goals resulted in him being nominated by both the Democratic Party and the People's Party (Populists), though with different running mates. One electoral vote from Montana was cast for the Populist Bryan-Watson ticket with Thomas E. Watson as Vice-President and two votes were cast for the Bryan-Sewall ticket.

1900 United States presidential election in Montana

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

Montana overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative and 1896 Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan, over the Republican nominee, President William McKinley. Bryan won Montana by a landslide margin of 18.64 percent in this rematch of the 1896 presidential election. The return of economic prosperity and recent victory in the Spanish–American War helped McKinley more than double his votes from the previous election, but he still lost decisively.

1908 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1908 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 3, 1908. This was the first presidential election in which Oklahoma participated. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana voted for the Republican nominee, Secretary of War William Howard Taft, over the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan by a relatively small margin. Taft won Montana by a margin of 4.37 percent. Bryan had previously won Montana by large margins in the 1896 and 1900 presidential elections.

1920 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1920 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 2, 1920. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1928 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1928 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 6, 1928. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana strongly voted for the Republican nominee, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, over the Democratic nominee, New York Governor Al Smith. Hoover won Montana by a landslide margin of 17.89 percent. The Republicans at this time were associated with the booming economy of the 1920s while Smith was associated with the corruption of Tammany Hall.

1932 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1932 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 8, 1932. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic nominee, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, over the Republican nominee, President Herbert Hoover. Roosevelt won Montana by a landslide margin of 22.73 percent.

1936 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1936 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 3, 1936. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana voted overwhelmingly for the Democratic nominee, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, over the Republican nominee, Kansas Governor Alf Landon. Roosevelt won Montana by a landslide margin of 41.69 percent and remains the solitary presidential candidate to ever sweep every county in Montana. As of the 2016 presidential election, this was the last election in which Beaverhead County, Sweet Grass County, Stillwater County, Powder River County, and Fallon County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

1940 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1940 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 5, 1940. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana voted powerfully to give Democratic nominee, President Franklin D. Roosevelt an unprecedented third term, over the Republican nominee, corporate lawyer Wendell Willkie, a dark horse candidate that had never before run for a political office. Roosevelt won Montana by a convincing 18.61 percent margin. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election when the following counties have voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate: Broadwater, Madison, Meagher and Garfield.

1944 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1944 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 7, 1944. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana voted to give Democratic nominee, President Franklin D. Roosevelt a record fourth term, over the Republican nominee, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Roosevelt won Montana by a large margin of 9.35 percent.

1948 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1948 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 2, 1948. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana voted for the Democratic nominee, President Harry Truman, over the Republican nominee, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Truman won Montana by a substantial margin of 9.94 percent. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Carter County and Prairie County voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate.

1952 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1952 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 4, 1952. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana voted overwhelmingly for the Republican nominee, war hero General Dwight D. Eisenhower, over the Democratic nominee, Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson. Eisenhower won Montana by a landslide margin of 19.32 percent, carrying all counties except four in the mining areas and on the northern border.

1960 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1960 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 8, 1960. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana narrowly voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President Richard Nixon, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy. Nixon won Montana by a slim margin of 2.50 percent.

1972 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1972 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 7, 1972, and was part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana strongly voted for the Republican nominee, President Richard Nixon, over the Democratic nominee, Senator George McGovern. Nixon won Montana by a margin of 20.08 percent; however McGovern still did 0.4% better than he did nationally.

1976 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1976 United States presidential election in Montana was part of the 1976 United States presidential election, which took place on November 2, 1976. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana voted for the Republican nominee, President Gerald Ford, over the Democratic nominee, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter. Ford won Montana by a margin of 7.44%. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which McCone County and Wibaux County voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate.

1992 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1992 United States presidential election in Montana was won on November 3, 1992, by Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) with a 37.63% of the popular vote plurality over incumbent President George H. W. Bush's (R-Texas) 35.12%, and businessman Ross Perot's (I-Texas) 26.12%. All of Montana's three electoral votes were assigned to Clinton, contributing to his 370 to 168 electoral vote win of the 1992 presidential election. To date, this is the most recent presidential election in which Montana was won by the Democratic candidate.

1996 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1996 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 5, 1996. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana voted for Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole over President Bill Clinton by a slim margin of 2.88%. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform Party of the United States of America-TX) finished in third, with 13.56% of the popular vote in Montana. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Sheridan County, Dawson County, and Mineral County voted for the Democratic candidate.

With 13.56% of the popular vote, Montana would prove to be Ross Perot's second strongest state in the 1996 election after Maine.

2000 United States presidential election in Montana

The 2000 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Montana was won by Governor George W. Bush. Bush won most of the counties in the state, and only obtained less than 40% in three counties. Bush won the highest populated county, Yellowstone County with exactly 59% of the vote. Gore won a total of five counties, and did the best in Deer Lodge County.

Ralph Nader, the Green party nominee, performed very well here, getting 5.95% of the vote statewide. He did very well in the western part of the state, getting over 5% of the vote in most of the counties in the region. His best performance by far was in Missoula County, where he got over 15% of the vote, which was the only county Nader cracked double digits. Nader's performance in Montana made it his fifth strongest state after Alaska, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Missoula County voted for the Republican candidate.

2020 United States presidential election in Montana

The 2020 United States presidential election in Montana 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. Montana voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Montana has 3 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of May 2019, Donald Trump and Bill Weld are the declared Republican candidates. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.

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