United States presidential elections in New York

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in New York, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1788, New York has participated in every U.S. presidential election except the election of 1788-89, when it failed to appoint its allotment of eight electors because of a deadlock in the state legislature.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in New York
Map of the United States with New York highlighted
No. of elections57
Voted Democratic24
Voted Republican21
Voted Whig2
Voted Democratic-Republican7
Voted Federalist1
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate46
Voted for losing candidate11

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 2,819,557 36.51 Hillary Clinton 4,556,142 59.00 - 29
2012 Barack Obama 4,485,741 63.35 Mitt Romney 2,490,431 35.17 - 29
2008 Barack Obama 4,804,945 62.88 John McCain 2,752,771 36.03 - 31
2004 George W. Bush 2,962,567 40.08 John Kerry 4,314,280 58.37 - 31
2000 George W. Bush 2,403,374 35.23 Al Gore 4,107,697 60.21 - 33
1996 Bill Clinton 3,756,177 59.47 Bob Dole 1,933,492 30.61 Ross Perot 503,458 7.97 33
1992 Bill Clinton 3,444,450 49.73 George H. W. Bush 2,346,649 33.88 Ross Perot 1,090,721 15.75 33
1988 George H. W. Bush 3,081,871 47.52 Michael Dukakis 3,347,882 51.62 - 36
1984 Ronald Reagan 3,664,763 53.84 Walter Mondale 3,119,609 45.83 - 36
1980 Ronald Reagan 2,893,831 46.66 Jimmy Carter 2,728,372 43.99 John B. Anderson 467,801 7.54 41
1976 Jimmy Carter 3,389,558 51.95 Gerald Ford 3,100,791 47.52 - 41
1972 Richard Nixon 4,192,778 58.54 George McGovern 2,951,084 41.21 - 41
1968 Richard Nixon 3,007,932 44.30 Hubert Humphrey 3,378,470 49.76 George Wallace 358,864 5.29 43
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 4,913,156 68.56 Barry Goldwater 2,243,559 31.31 - 43
1960 John F. Kennedy 3,830,085 52.53 Richard Nixon 3,446,419 47.27 - 45
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 4,340,340 61.19 Adlai Stevenson II 2,750,769 38.78 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 45
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 3,952,815 55.45 Adlai Stevenson II 3,104,601 43.55 - 45
1948 Harry S. Truman 2,780,204 45.01 Thomas E. Dewey 2,841,163 45.99 Strom Thurmond - 47
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 3,304,238 52.31 Thomas E. Dewey 2,987,647 47.3 - 47
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 3,251,918 51.60 Wendell Willkie 3,027,478 48.04 - 47
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 3,293,222 58.85 Alf Landon 2,180,670 38.97 - 47
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 2,534,959 54.07 Herbert Hoover 1,937,963 41.33 - 47
1928 Herbert Hoover 2,193,344 49.79 Al Smith 2,089,863 47.44 - 45
1924 Calvin Coolidge 1,820,058 55.76 John W. Davis 950,796 29.13 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 474,913 14.55 45
1920 Warren G. Harding 1,871,167 64.56 James M. Cox 781,238 26.95 Parley P. Christensen 18,413 0.64 45
1916 Woodrow Wilson 759,426 44.51 Charles E. Hughes 879,238 51.53 - 45
1912 Woodrow Wilson 655,573 41.27 Theodore Roosevelt 390,093 24.56 William H. Taft 455,487 28.68 45
1908 William H. Taft 870,070 53.11 William Jennings Bryan 667,468 40.74 - 39
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 859,533 53.13 Alton B. Parker 683,981 42.28 - 39
1900 William McKinley 822,013 53.10 William Jennings Bryan 678,462 43.83 - 36
1896 William McKinley 819,838 57.58 William Jennings Bryan 551,369 38.72 - 36
1892 Grover Cleveland 654,868 48.99 Benjamin Harrison 609,350 45.58 James B. Weaver 16,429 1.23 36
1888 Benjamin Harrison 650,338 49.28 Grover Cleveland 635,965 48.19 - 36
1884 Grover Cleveland 563,154 48.25 James G. Blaine 562,005 48.15 - 36
1880 James A. Garfield 555,544 50.32 Winfield S. Hancock 534,511 48.42 James B. Weaver 12,373 1.12 35
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 489,207 48.17 Samuel J. Tilden 521,949 51.40 - 35
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 440,738 53.23 Horace Greeley 387,282 46.77 - 35
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 419,888 49.4 Horatio Seymour 429,883 50.6 - 33
1864 Abraham Lincoln 368,735 50.5 George B. McClellan 361,986 49.5 - 33

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 362,646 53.7 Stephen A. Douglas no ballots John C. Breckinridge no ballots John Bell no ballots 35

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 195,878 32.84 John C. Frémont 276,004 46.27 Millard Fillmore 124,604 20.89 35
1852 Franklin Pierce 262,083 50.18 Winfield Scott 234,882 44.97 John P. Hale 25,329 4.85 35
1848 Zachary Taylor 218,583 47.94 Lewis Cass 114,319 25.07 Martin Van Buren 120,497 26.43 36
1844 James K. Polk 237,588 48.9 Henry Clay 232,482 47.85 - 36
1840 William Henry Harrison 226,001 51.18 Martin Van Buren 212,733 48.18 - 42
1836 Martin Van Buren 166,795 54.63 William Henry Harrison 138,548 45.37 various[d] 42
1832 Andrew Jackson 168,497 52.1 Henry Clay 154,896 47.9 William Wirt no ballots 42
1828 Andrew Jackson 139,412 51.45 John Quincy Adams 131,563 48.55 - 36 Electoral votes split, 20 for Jackson and 16 for Adams.

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 popular vote - John Quincy Adams no popular vote - Henry Clay no popular vote - William H. Crawford no popular vote - 36 (Electoral College split, 26 for Adams, 5 for Crawford, 4 for Clay, and 1 for Jackson)

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820

In elections prior to 1824, New York did not conduct a popular vote. Each Elector was appointed by the state legislature.

Year Winner (nationally) Loser (nationally) Other national
candidates[b]
Electoral
Votes
Notes
1820 James Monroe - 29 In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 29 of New York's electoral votes, 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.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King - 29
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton - 29
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney - 19 Electoral vote was split 13 to 6, with 13 going to Madison and 6 going to George Clinton, who was a candidate for Vice President.
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney - 19
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams - 12
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson - 12
1792 George Washington - 12 Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89 George Washington - n/a New York did not participate due to a deadlock in the state legislature; George Washington effectively ran unopposed, nationally.

Notes

  1. ^ George Washington, 1792.
  2. ^ a b c 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 New York.
1792 United States presidential election in New York

The 1792 United States presidential election in New York took place between November 2 and December 5, 1792 as part of the 1792 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

New York, unanimously cast its 12 electoral votes for incumbent George Washington during its first presidential election. Although the state had ratified the Constitution to become the eleventh state on July 26, 1788, it did not participate in the first presidential election in 1789 due to the state legislature being deadlocked.

1796 United States presidential election in New York

The 1796 United States presidential election in New York took place between November 4 and December 7, 1796, as part of the 1796 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, New York cast 12 electoral votes for Vice President John Adams.

1800 United States presidential election in New York

The 1800 United States presidential election in New York took place between October 31 and December 3, 1800, as part of the 1800 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, New York cast 12 electoral votes for Democratic-Republican Party candidate Thomas Jefferson.

1804 United States presidential election in New York

The 1804 United States presidential election in New York took place between November 2 and December 5, 1804, as part of the 1804 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 19 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, New York cast 19 electoral votes for Democratic Republican incumbent Thomas Jefferson.

1816 United States presidential election in New York

The 1808 United States presidential election in New York took place between November 1 to December 4, 1816, as part of the 1816 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 29 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, New York cast its 29 electoral votes to Democratic Republican candidate and Secretary of State James Monroe.

1820 United States presidential election in New York

The 1820 United States presidential election in New York took place between November 1 to December 6, 1820, as part of the 1820 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 29 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, New York cast its 29 electoral votes to Democratic Republican candidate and incumbent President James Monroe.

Effectively, the 1820 presidential election was an election with no campaign, since there was no serious opposition to Monroe and Tompkins. In fact, they won all the electoral votes barring one from New Hampshire, which was cast for Secretary of State John Quincy Adams.

1824 United States presidential election in New York

The 1824 United States presidential election in New York took place between October 26 and December 2, 1824, as part of the 1824 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose thirty-six 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. New York cast twenty-six electoral votes for John Quincy Adams, five for William H. Crawford, four for Henry Clay and one for Andrew Jackson.

1828 United States presidential election in New York

The 1828 United States presidential election in New York took place between October 31 and December 2, 1828, as part of the 1828 United States presidential election. Voters chose 36 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

New York voted for the Democratic candidate, Andrew Jackson, over the National Republican candidate, John Quincy Adams. Jackson won New York by a margin of 2.9%.

1832 United States presidential election in New York

The 1832 United States presidential election in New York took place between November 2 and December 5, 1832, as part of the 1832 United States presidential election. Voters chose 42 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

New York voted for the Democratic Party candidate, Andrew Jackson, over the National Republican candidate, Henry Clay. Jackson won New York by a margin of 4.2%.

1836 United States presidential election in New York

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

New York voted for the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. Van Buren won New York by a margin of 9.26%.

1840 United States presidential election in New York

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

New York voted for the Whig candidate, William Henry Harrison, over Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren. Harrison won New York by a margin of 3.00%.

1844 United States presidential election in New York

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

New York voted for the Democratic candidate, James K. Polk, over Whig candidate Henry Clay. Polk won New York by a margin of 1.05%.

1852 United States presidential election in New York

The 1852 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 2, 1852, as part of the 1852 United States presidential election. Voters chose 35 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

New York voted for the Democratic candidate, Franklin Pierce, over the Whig Party candidate, Winfield Scott. Pierce won the state by a margin of 5.21%.

1856 United States presidential election in New York

The 1856 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 4, 1856, as part of the 1856 United States presidential election. Voters chose 35 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New York was won by California Senator John C. Frémont (R–Georgia), running with Director of New Jersey Senator William L. Dayton, with 46.27% of the popular vote, against Senator James Buchanan (D–Pennsylvania), running with Representative and future presidential candidate in the 1860 presidential election John C. Breckinridge, with 32.84% of the popular vote and the 13th president of the United States Millard Fillmore (A–New York), running with the 2nd U.S. Ambassador to Germany Andrew Jackson Donelson, with 20.89% of the popular vote.James Buchanan went on to win the presidential election but this election would end the Democratic Party's support from New York which they won five out of seven times since 1828 and for the next twelve years a Democrat would not win New York until Horatio Seymour's narrow victory in 1868.

Frémont's victory in the state made him the first Republican presidential candidate to win New York as well as the first won to win the state without winning the election. The other two Republican presidential candidates to win New York without winning the election were Charles Evans Hughes in 1916 and Thomas E. Dewey in 1948. It was also the first time since voting for DeWitt Clinton in 1812 that New York backed a losing presidential candidate.

1860 United States presidential election in New York

The 1860 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 6, 1860, as part of the 1860 United States presidential election. Voters chose 35 electors of the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New York was won by Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln, who defeated the Democratic fusion ticket.

Lincoln won the Empire State by a margin of 7.42%.

New York in the election was one of the four state that had a fusion ticket for the Democratic Party. The other three states were New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

1864 United States presidential election in New York

The 1864 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 8, 1864, as part of the 1864 United States presidential election. Voters chose 33 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New York voted for the National Union candidate, Abraham Lincoln, over the Democratic candidate, George B. McClellan. Lincoln won the state by a very narrow margin of 0.92%.

1868 United States presidential election in New York

The 1868 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 3, 1868, as part of the 1868 United States presidential election. Voters chose 33 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New York voted for the Democratic nominee, former Governor of New York Horatio Seymour, over the Republican nominee, General Ulysses S. Grant. Seymour won his home state by a very narrow margin of 1.18%, making him the first Democratic candidate since Franklin Pierce in 1852 to win the state. Seymour also became the first losing Democratic presidential candidate to win New York.

1876 United States presidential election in New York

The 1876 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 7, 1876. All contemporary 38 states were part of the 1876 United States presidential election. New York voters chose 35 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New York was won by the Democratic nominees, Governor Samuel J. Tilden of New York and his running mate former Senator and Governor Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana. Tilden and Hendricks defeated the Republican nominees, Governor Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio and his running mate Congressman William A. Wheeler of New York.

Tilden carried New York State with 51.40% of the vote to Hayes's 48.17%, a victory margin of 3.23%.

New York weighed in for this election as less than 1% more Democratic than the national average.

While Tilden won his home state's 35 electoral votes, he ultimately narrowly lost his quest for the presidency in the electoral college by just 1 electoral vote, amidst heavily disputed election results, despite winning a majority of the nationwide popular vote by a 51-48 margin.

Tilden performed most strongly downstate in the New York City area, where he received more than 60% of the vote in New York County and Richmond County, and also won Kings County and Queens County. Tilden also won nearby Suffolk County, Westchester County, and Rockland County. Hayes won much of upstate New York, including a victory in Erie County, home to the city of Buffalo, although Tilden did win a fair number of upstate counties including Albany County, home to the state capital of Albany.

2020 United States presidential election in New York

The 2020 United States presidential election in New York 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. New York voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of New York has 29 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, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of New York's two current senators, has indicated she is interested in running, as has Michael Bloomberg, a businessman and former mayor of New York City. Current governor Andrew Cuomo has declined to run, despite speculation that he would do so.

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