United States presidential elections in North Carolina

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in North Carolina, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1789, North Carolina has participated in every U.S. presidential election except the election of 1864, during the American Civil War, when the state had seceded to join the Confederacy.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in North Carolina
Map of the United States with North Carolina highlighted
No. of elections56
Voted Democratic30
Voted Republican15
Voted Whig3
Voted Democratic-Republican7
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate39
Voted for losing candidate17

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 2,362,631 49.83 Hillary Clinton 2,189,316 46.17% - 15
2012 Barack Obama 2,178,391 48.35 Mitt Romney 2,270,395 50.39 - 15
2008 Barack Obama 2,142,651 49.70 John McCain 2,128,474 49.38 - 15
2004 George W. Bush 1,961,166 56.02 John Kerry 1,525,849 43.58 - 15
2000 George W. Bush 1,631,163 56.03 Al Gore 1,257,692 43.2 - 14
1996 Bill Clinton 1,107,849 44.04 Bob Dole 1,225,938 48.73 Ross Perot 168,059 6.68 14
1992 Bill Clinton 1,114,042 42.65 George H. W. Bush 1,134,661 43.44 Ross Perot 357,864 13.7 14
1988 George H. W. Bush 1,237,258 57.97 Michael Dukakis 890,167 41.71 - 13
1984 Ronald Reagan 1,346,481 61.90 Walter Mondale 824,287 37.89 - 13
1980 Ronald Reagan 915,018 49.30 Jimmy Carter 875,635 47.18 John B. Anderson 52,800 2.85 13
1976 Jimmy Carter 927,365 55.27 Gerald Ford 741,960 44.22 - 13
1972 Richard Nixon 1,054,889 69.46 George McGovern 438,705 28.89 - 13
1968 Richard Nixon 627,192 39.51 Hubert Humphrey 464,113 29.24 George Wallace 496,188 31.26 13 electoral vote split: 12 to Nixon, 1 to Wallace (faithless elector)
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 800,139 56.15 Barry Goldwater 624,844 43.85 - 13
1960 John F. Kennedy 713,136 52.11 Richard Nixon 655,420 47.89 - 14
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 575,062 49.34 Adlai Stevenson II 590,530 50.66 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 14
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 558,107 46.09 Adlai Stevenson II 652,803 53.91 - 14
1948 Harry S. Truman 459,070 58.02 Thomas E. Dewey 258,572 32.68 Strom Thurmond 69,652 8.8 14
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 527,399 66.71 Thomas E. Dewey 263,155 33.29 - 14
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 609,015 74.03 Wendell Willkie 213,633 25.97 - 13
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 616,141 73.40 Alf Landon 223,283 26.6 - 13
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 497,566 69.93 Herbert Hoover 208,344 29.28 - 13
1928 Herbert Hoover 348,923 54.94 Al Smith 286,227 45.06 - 12
1924 Calvin Coolidge 191,753 39.73 John W. Davis 284,270 58.89 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 6,651 1.38 12
1920 Warren G. Harding 232,848 43.22 James M. Cox 305,447 56.70 - 12
1916 Woodrow Wilson 168,383 58.10 Charles E. Hughes 120,890 41.71 - 12
1912 Woodrow Wilson 144,407 59.24 Theodore Roosevelt 69,135 28.36 William H. Taft 29,129 11.95 12
1908 William H. Taft 114,887 45.49 William Jennings Bryan 136,928 54.22 - 12
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 82,442 39.67 Alton B. Parker 124,091 59.71 - 12
1900 William McKinley 132,997 45.47 William Jennings Bryan 157,733 53.92 - 11
1896 William McKinley 155,122 46.82 William Jennings Bryan 174,408 52.64 - 11
1892 Grover Cleveland 132,951 47.44 Benjamin Harrison 100,346 35.8 James B. Weaver 44,336 15.82 11
1888 Benjamin Harrison 134,784 47.20 Grover Cleveland 147,902 51.79 - 11
1884 Grover Cleveland 142,905 53.25 James G. Blaine 125,021 46.59 - 11
1880 James A. Garfield 115,616 47.98 Winfield S. Hancock 124,204 51.55 James B. Weaver 1,126 0.47 10
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 108,484 46.38 Samuel J. Tilden 125,427 53.62 - 10
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 94,772 57.38 Horace Greeley 70,130 42.46 - 10
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 96,939 53.4 Horatio Seymour 84,559 46.6 - 9
1864 Abraham Lincoln No vote due to secession. George B. McClellan - 9

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 no ballots Stephen A. Douglas 2,737 2.8 John C. Breckinridge 48,846 50.5 John Bell 45,129 46.7 10

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 48,243 56.78 John C. Frémont no ballots Millard Fillmore 36,720 43.22 10
1852 Franklin Pierce 39,778 50.43 Winfield Scott 39,043 49.49 John P. Hale no ballots 10
1848 Zachary Taylor 44,054 55.17 Lewis Cass 35,772 44.80 Martin Van Buren no ballots 11
1844 James K. Polk 39,287 47.61 Henry Clay 43,232 52.39 - 11
1840 William Henry Harrison 46,567 57.68 Martin Van Buren 34,168 42.32 - 15
1836 Martin Van Buren 26,631 53.1 Hugh Lawson White 23,521 46.9 various[d] no ballots 15
1832 Andrew Jackson 25,261 84.77 Henry Clay 4,538 15.23 William Wirt no ballots 15
1828 Andrew Jackson 37,814 73.07 John Quincy Adams 13,918 26.90 - 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 20,231 56.03 John Quincy Adams no ballots Henry Clay no ballots William H. Crawford 15,622 43.26 15

Elections from 1792 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 15 of North Carolina'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.

Year Winner (nationally) Loser (nationally) Electoral
Votes
Notes
1820 James Monroe - 15 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 15
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 15
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 14 Electoral vote split, eleven for Madison, three for Pinckney.
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 14
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 12 Electoral vote split, eight for Jefferson, four for Adams.
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 12 Electoral vote split, eleven for Jefferson, one for Adams.
1792 George Washington - 12 Washington effectively ran unopposed.

Notes

  1. ^ George Washington, 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, Daniel Webster, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in North Carolina.
1824 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1824 United States presidential election in North Carolina 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. North Carolina voted for Andrew Jackson over William H. Crawford, Henry Clay, and John Quincy Adams. Jackson won North Carolina by a margin of 12.77%.

1836 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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

North Carolina voted for the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate Hugh White. Van Buren won North Carolina by a margin of 6.2%.

1840 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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

North Carolina voted for the Whig candidate, William Henry Harrison, over Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren. Harrison won North Carolina by a margin of 15.36%.

With 57.68% of the popular vote, North Carolina would prove to be Harrison's fifth strongest state after Kentucky, Vermont, Rhode Island and Louisiana.

1852 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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

North Carolina voted for the Democratic candidate, Franklin Pierce, over Whig candidate Winfield Scott. Pierce won North Carolina by a margin of 0.94%.

1860 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1860 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 6, 1860, as part of the 1860 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose ten representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by the 14th Vice President of the United States John C. Breckinridge (SD–Kentucky), running with Senator Joseph Lane, with 50.51% of the popular vote, against Senator John Bell (CU–Tennessee), running with the 15th Governor of Massachusetts Edward Everett, with 46.66% of the popular vote.

Republican Party candidate Abraham Lincoln was not on the ballot in the state.

1868 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1868 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 3, 1868, as part of the 1868 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose nine representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.North Carolina was won by Ulysses S. Grant, formerly the 6th Commanding General of the United States Army (R-Ohio), running with Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax, with 53.41% of the popular vote, against the 18th governor of New York, Horatio Seymour(D–New York), running with former Senator Francis Preston Blair, Jr., with 46.59% of the vote.

1876 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1876 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 7, 1876, as part of the 1876 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose ten representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.North Carolina was won by Samuel J. Tilden, the former governor of New York (D–New York), running with Thomas A. Hendricks, the governor of Indiana and future vice president, with 53.62 percent of the popular vote, against Rutherford B. Hayes, the governor of Ohio (R-Ohio), running with Representative William A. Wheeler, with 46.38 percent of the vote.This is only occasion when Unionist, high-altitude Mitchell County has ever voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate.

1892 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1892 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 8, 1892. All contemporary 44 states were part of the 1892 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose eleven electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by the Democratic nominees, former President Grover Cleveland of New York and his running mate Adlai Stevenson I of Illinois.

1896 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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

North Carolina was won by the Democratic nominees, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate Arthur Sewall of Maine. Five electors cast their Vice Presidential ballots for Thomas E. Watson.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last occasion Northampton County has voted for a Republican presidential candidate, which stands as the second-longest Democratic streak in the nation.

1904 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1904 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 8, 1904. All contemporary 45 states were part of the 1904 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose twelve electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by the Democratic nominees, Chief Judge Alton B. Parker of New York and his running mate Henry G. Davis of West Virginia.

1908 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1908 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 3, 1908. All contemporary 46 states were part of the 1908 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose twelve electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by the Democratic nominees, former Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate John W. Kern of Indiana.

1940 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1940 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 5, 1940, as part of the 1940 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose thirteen representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Secretary Henry A. Wallace, with 74.03% of the popular vote, against Wendell Willkie (R–Indiana), running with Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 25.97% of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Davie County and Randolph County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

1952 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1952 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 4, 1952, as part of the 1952 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose fourteen representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator John Sparkman, with 53.91% of the popular vote, against Columbia University President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–New York), running with Senator Richard Nixon, with 46.09% of the popular vote.

1956 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1956 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 6, 1956, as part of the 1956 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose fourteen representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 50.66% of the popular vote against incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 49.34% of the popular vote.

1960 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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

North Carolina was won by Senator John F. Kennedy (D–Massachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 52.11% 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 47.89% of the popular vote.

1964 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1964 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 3, 1964, and was part of the 1964 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina voted for incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson, with 56.15 percent of the vote, over Republican nominee Barry Goldwater, who obtained 43.85 percent. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election when the following counties voted for a Democratic presidential candidate: Wayne, Moore, and Lenoir.

1984 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1984 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 6, 1984, and was part of the 1984 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina strongly voted for the Republican nominee, President Ronald Reagan, over the Democratic nominee, Vice President Walter Mondale in a landslide. The final margin was 61.90% to 37.89%, which compared to the other southern states, was close to the southern average. This margin was a huge swing from 1980, where Reagan had only narrowly carried the state. No Democrat would win in North Carolina again until 2008. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Vance County, Chatham County, and Scotland County voted for the Republican candidate.

1988 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1988 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 8, 1988, and was part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina strongly voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis. The final margin was 57.97% to 41.71%, which compared to the other southern states, was close to the southern average. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Pasquotank County voted for the Republican candidate.

2020 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 2020 United States presidential election in North Carolina 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. North Carolina voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of North Carolina has 15 electoral votes in the Electoral College.Charlotte will host the 2020 Republican National Convention.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 Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee. Despite speculation that he might seek the Democratic nomination, Roy Cooper, the Governor of North Carolina, declined to run.

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