United States presidential elections in North Dakota

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in North Dakota, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1889, North Dakota 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[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 216,794 62.96 Hillary Clinton 93,758 27.23 - 3
2012 Barack Obama 124,827 38.69 Mitt Romney 188,163 58.32 - 3
2008 Barack Obama 141,278 44.62 John McCain 168,601 53.25 - 3
2004 George W. Bush 196,651 62.86 John Kerry 111,052 35.5 - 3
2000 George W. Bush 174,852 60.66 Al Gore 95,284 33.06 - 3
1996 Bill Clinton 106,905 40.13 Bob Dole 125,050 46.94 Ross Perot 32,515 12.2 3
1992 Bill Clinton 99,168 32.18 George H. W. Bush 136,244 44.22 Ross Perot 71,084 23.07 3
1988 George H. W. Bush 166,559 56.03 Michael Dukakis 127,739 42.97 - 3
1984 Ronald Reagan 200,336 64.84 Walter Mondale 104,429 33.8 - 3
1980 Ronald Reagan 193,695 64.23 Jimmy Carter 79,189 26.26 John B. Anderson 23,640 7.84 3
1976 Jimmy Carter 136,078 45.80 Gerald Ford 153,470 51.66 - 3
1972 Richard Nixon 174,109 62.07 George McGovern 100,384 35.79 - 3
1968 Richard Nixon 138,669 55.94 Hubert Humphrey 94,769 38.23 George Wallace 14,244 5.75 4
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 149,784 57.97 Barry Goldwater 108,207 41.88 - 4
1960 John F. Kennedy 123,963 44.52 Richard Nixon 154,310 55.42 - 4
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 156,766 61.72 Adlai Stevenson II 96,742 38.09 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
483 0.19 4
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 191,712 70.97 Adlai Stevenson II 76,694 28.39 - 4
1948 Harry S. Truman 95,812 43.41 Thomas E. Dewey 115,139 52.17 Strom Thurmond 374 0.17 4
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 100,144 45.48 Thomas E. Dewey 118,535 53.84 - 4
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 124,036 44.18 Wendell Willkie 154,590 55.06 - 4
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 163,148 59.60 Alf Landon 72,751 26.58 - 4
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 178,350 69.59 Herbert Hoover 71,772 28 - 4
1928 Herbert Hoover 131,441 54.80 Al Smith 106,648 44.46 - 5
1924 Calvin Coolidge 94,931 47.68 John W. Davis 13,858 6.96 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 89,922 45.17 5
1920 Warren G. Harding 160,072 77.79 James M. Cox 37,422 18.19 - 5
1916 Woodrow Wilson 55,206 47.84 Charles E. Hughes 53,471 46.34 - 5
1912 Woodrow Wilson 29,555 34.14 Theodore Roosevelt 25,726 29.71 William H. Taft 23,090 26.67 5
1908 William H. Taft 57,680 61.02 William Jennings Bryan 32,885 34.79 - 4
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 52,595 75.12 Alton B. Parker 14,273 20.39 - 4
1900 William McKinley 35,898 62.12 William Jennings Bryan 20,531 35.53 - 3
1896 William McKinley 26,335 55.57 William Jennings Bryan 20,686 43.65 - 3
1892 Grover Cleveland 0 0 Benjamin Harrison 17,519 48.50 James B. Weaver 17,700 49.01 3 Electoral vote split three ways, with each candidate getting one electoral vote.
Presidential elections in North Dakota
Map of the United States with North Dakota highlighted
No. of elections32
Voted Democratic5
Voted Republican26
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate22
Voted for losing candidate10

Notes

  1. ^ James B. Weaver, 1892.
  2. ^ 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
1896 United States presidential election in North Dakota

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

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

1900 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1900 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 6, 1900. All contemporary 45 states were part of the 1900 United States presidential election. North Dakota voters chose three electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

North Dakota was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President William McKinley of Ohio and his running mate Theodore Roosevelt of New York. McKinley won the state but a margin of 26.59%.

With 62.12% of the popular vote, North Dakota would be McKinley's second strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont.

1904 United States presidential election in North Dakota

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

North Dakota was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Theodore Roosevelt of New York and his running mate Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana. The ticket won the state by a margin of 54.73 percent.

With 75.12% of the popular vote, North Dakota would be Roosevelt's second strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont.

1908 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1908 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 3, 1908. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Dakota 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 26.23%.

With 61.02% of the popular vote, North Dakota would be Taft's fourth strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont, Maine and Michigan.

1932 United States presidential election in North Dakota

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

North Dakota was won by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Speaker John Nance Garner, with 69.59% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Herbert Hoover (R–California), running with Vice President Charles Curtis, with 28.00% of the popular vote.

1936 United States presidential election in North Dakota

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

North Dakota voted for the Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt over Republican candidate Alf Landon and Union candidate William Lemke. Roosevelt won North Dakota by a margin of 33.02%.

1940 United States presidential election in North Dakota

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

North Dakota was won by Wendell Willkie (R–Indiana), running with Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 55.06% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Secretary Henry A. Wallace, with 44.18% of the popular vote.With 55.06% of the popular vote, North Dakota would prove to be Willkie's fourth strongest state in the 1940 election in terms of popular vote percentage after neighboring South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

1944 United States presidential election in North Dakota

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

North Dakota was won by Governor Thomas E. Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor John Bricker, with 53.84% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Senator Harry S. Truman, with 45.48% of the popular vote.

1948 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1948 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 2, 1948, as part of the 1948 United States presidential election. North Dakota voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Dakota was won by Governor Thomas Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor Earl Warren, with 52.17% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Harry S. Truman (D–Missouri), running with Senator Alben W. Barkley, with 43.41% of the popular vote.

1956 United States presidential election in North Dakota

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

North Dakota was won by incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 61.72% of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 38.09% of the popular vote.

1960 United States presidential election in North Dakota

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

North Dakota was won by incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon (R–California), running with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., with 55.42% of the popular vote, against Senator John F. Kennedy (D–Massachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 44.52% of the popular vote.

1964 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1964 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 3, 1964, as part of the 1964 United States presidential election. North Dakota voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Dakota was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson (D–Texas), with 57.97% of the popular vote, against Senator Barry Goldwater (R–Arizona), with 41.88% of the popular vote.This was the last time a Democratic candidate had won North Dakota as of 2017, as well as Burleigh County, Ward County, Stark County, Williams County, Stutsman County, Richland County, Barnes County, Pembina County, Bottineau County, McKenzie County, McHenry County, Dickey County, Wells County, LaMoure County, Bowman County, Hettinger County, Burke County, Oliver County, Billings County, and Slope County.

1968 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1968 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 5, 1968, as part of the 1968 United States presidential election. North Dakota voters chose four representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Dakota was won by former Vice President Richard Nixon (R–California), with 55.94% of the popular vote, against Vice President Hubert Humphrey (D–Minnesota), with 38.23% of the popular vote. American Independent Party candidate George Wallace performed decently, finishing with 5.75% of the popular vote.With 55.94% of the popular vote, North Dakota would prove to be Nixon's fourth strongest state after Nebraska, Idaho and Utah.

1972 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1972 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. North Dakota voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Dakota was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (R–California), with 62.07% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (D–South Dakota), with 35.79% of the popular vote. John G. Schmitz was the only other candidate on the ballot, and, as the candidate for the American Independent Party, he received over five thousand votes.

In a state that would reflect McGovern's national results, the Democratic nominee only won one county (Rolette) in North Dakota.

1976 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1976 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 2, 1976, as part of the 1976 United States presidential election. North Dakota voters chose three representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Dakota was won by the Republican candidate and incumbent President, Gerald Ford, with 51.66% of the popular vote, against the Democratic candidate, Jimmy Carter, with 45.80% of the popular vote. American Party candidate Thomas Anderson finished highest among third parties; finishing with 1.24% of North Dakota's popular vote.

Despite losing in North Dakota, Carter went on to win the national election and became the 39th president of the United States. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Morton County, Walsh County, McLean County, Pierce County, Cavalier County, Emmons County, Dunn County, Foster County, Renville County, Griggs County, and Adams County voted for the Democratic candidate.

1980 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1980 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 4, 1980. All 50 states and The District of Columbia were part of the 1980 United States presidential election. North Dakota voters chose 3 electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Dakota was won by former California Governor Ronald Reagan (R) by a 38-point landslide. With 64.23% of the popular vote, North Dakota would prove to by Reagan's fourth strongest state after Utah, Idaho and Nebraska.As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Sioux County voted for the Republican candidate.

1992 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1992 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 3, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Dakota was won by incumbent President George H.W. Bush (R-Texas) with 44.22% of the popular vote over Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) with 32.18%. Businessman Ross Perot (I-Texas) finished in third, with 23.07% of the popular vote. Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush and Perot.

1996 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 1996 United States presidential election in North Dakota took place on November 5, 1996. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1996 United States presidential election. North Dakota voters chose 3 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

North Dakota was won by Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who was running against incumbent United States President Bill Clinton of Arkansas. Clinton ran a second time with former Tennessee Senator and Al Gore as Vice President, and Dole ran with former New York Congressman Jack Kemp.North Dakota weighed in for this election as 5% more third-party than the national average.

2020 United States presidential election in North Dakota

The 2020 United States presidential election in North Dakota 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 Dakota voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of North Dakota has 3 electoral votes in the Electoral College.The State of North Dakota does not provide for a presidential primary, but the Democratic–NPL Party will hold a firehouse caucus on March 10, 2020, to select delegates to the Democratic National Convention. As of June 13, 2019, the Republican Party has yet to announce plans for selecting delegates to the Republican National Convention.

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