United States presidential elections in South Dakota

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in South Dakota, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1889, South 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 227,721 61.53 Hillary Clinton 117,458 31.74 - 3
2012 Barack Obama 145,039 39.87 Mitt Romney 210,610 57.89 - 3
2008 Barack Obama 170,924 44.75 John McCain 203,054 53.16 - 3
2004 George W. Bush 232,584 59.91 John Kerry 149,244 38.44 - 3
2000 George W. Bush 190,700 60.30 Al Gore 118,804 37.56 - 3
1996 Bill Clinton 139,333 43.03 Bob Dole 150,543 46.49 Ross Perot 31,250 9.65 3
1992 Bill Clinton 124,888 37.14 George H. W. Bush 136,718 40.66 Ross Perot 73,295 21.80 3
1988 George H. W. Bush 165,415 52.85 Michael Dukakis 145,560 46.51 - 3
1984 Ronald Reagan 200,267 63.00 Walter Mondale 116,113 36.53 - 3
1980 Ronald Reagan 198,343 60.53 Jimmy Carter 103,855 31.69 John B. Anderson 21,431 6.54 4
1976 Jimmy Carter 147,068 48.91 Gerald Ford 151,505 50.39 - 4
1972 Richard Nixon 166,476 54.15 George McGovern 139,945 45.52 - 4
1968 Richard Nixon 149,841 53.27 Hubert Humphrey 118,023 41.96 George Wallace 13,400 4.76 4
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 163,010 55.61 Barry Goldwater 130,108 44.39 - 4
1960 John F. Kennedy 128,070 41.79 Richard Nixon 178,417 58.21 - 4
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 171,569 58.39 Adlai Stevenson II 122,288 41.61 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 4
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 203,857 69.27 Adlai Stevenson II 90,426 30.73 - 4
1948 Harry S. Truman 117,653 47.04 Thomas E. Dewey 129,651 51.84 Strom Thurmond - 4
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 96,711 41.67 Thomas E. Dewey 135,365 58.33 - 4
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 131,362 42.59 Wendell Willkie 177,065 57.41 - 4
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 160,137 54.02 Alf Landon 125,977 42.49 - 4
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 183,515 63.62 Herbert Hoover 99,212 34.40 - 4
1928 Herbert Hoover 157,603 60.18 Al Smith 102,660 39.20 - 5
1924 Calvin Coolidge 101,299 49.69 John W. Davis 27,214 13.35 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 75,355 36.96 5
1920 Warren G. Harding 110,692 60.74 James M. Cox 35,938 19.72 Parley P. Christensen 34,707 19.04 5
1916 Woodrow Wilson 59,191 45.91 Charles E. Hughes 64,217 49.80 - 5
1912 Woodrow Wilson 48,942 42.07 Theodore Roosevelt 58,811 50.56 William H. Taft - - 5
1908 William H. Taft 67,536 58.84 William Jennings Bryan 40,266 35.08 - 4
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 72,083 71.09 Alton B. Parker 21,969 21.67 - 4
1900 William McKinley 54,530 56.73 William Jennings Bryan 39,544 41.14 - 4
1896 William McKinley 41,042 49.48 William Jennings Bryan 41,225 49.70 - 4
1892 Grover Cleveland 9,081 12.88 Benjamin Harrison 34,888 49.48 James B. Weaver 26,544 37.64 4
Presidential elections in South Dakota
Map of the United States with South Dakota highlighted
No. of elections32
Voted Democratic4
Voted Republican27
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate18
Voted for losing candidate14

Notes

  1. ^ Theodore Roosevelt, 1912.
  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
1892 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by the Populist nominees, James B. Weaver of Iowa and his running mate James G. Field of Virginia. Weaver and Field defeated the Republican nominees, incumbent President Benjamin Harrison of Indiana and his running mate Whitelaw Reid of New York. This was the first time South Dakota participated in a presidential election.

1896 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

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

1900 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President William McKinley of Ohio and his running mate Theodore Roosevelt of New York.

1904 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South 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 49,42 percent.

With 71.09% of the popular vote, South Dakota would be Roosevelt's fourth strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont, North Dakota and Minnesota.

1912 United States presidential election in South Dakota

The 1912 United States presidential election in South Dakota took place on November 5, 1912, as part of the 1912 United States presidential election. South Dakota voters chose seven representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Dakota was won by the 26th president of the United States Theodore Roosevelt (P–New York), running with governor of California Hiram Johnson, with 50.56% of the popular vote against the Princeton University President Woodrow Wilson (D–Virginia), running with governor of Indiana Thomas R. Marshall, with 42.07% of the popular vote and the five-time candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States Eugene V. Debs (S–Indiana), running with the first Socialist mayor of a major city in the United States Emil Seidel, with 4.01% of the popular vote.

South Dakota was the only state in the 1912 United States presidential election to not have the sitting U.S president William Howard Taft on the ballot or as a write in (like in California) which prevented the spoiler effect from happening which gave the state to Theodore Roosevelt. With 50. 56% of the popular vote, South Dakota was also the only state in which Roosevelt won a majority of the vote as well as being his strongest state nationally.

1932 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Speaker John Nance Garner, with 63.62% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Herbert Hoover (R–California), running with Vice President Charles Curtis, with 34.40% of the popular vote.

1936 United States presidential election in South Dakota

The 1936 United States presidential election in South 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.

South Dakota voted for the Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt over Republican candidate Alf Landon. Roosevelt won South Dakota by a margin of 11.53%.

1940 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by Wendell Willkie (R–Indiana), running with Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 57.41% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Secretary Henry A. Wallace, with 42.59% of the popular vote.With 57.41% of the popular vote, South Dakota would prove to be Willkie's strongest state in the 1940 election in terms of popular vote percentage.

1944 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by Governor Thomas E. Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor John Bricker, with 58.33% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Senator Harry S. Truman, with 41.67% of the popular vote.With 58.33% of the popular vote, South Dakota would prove to be Dewey's third strongest state after Kansas and Nebraska.

1948 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by Governor Thomas Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor Earl Warren, with 51.84% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Harry S. Truman (D–Missouri), running with Senator Alben W. Barkley, with 47.04% of the popular vote.

1956 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 58.39% of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 41.61% of the popular vote.

1960 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South 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 58.21% of the popular vote, against Senator John F. Kennedy (D–Massachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 41.79% of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Todd County voted for the Republican candidate.

With 58.21% of the popular vote, South Dakota would prove to be Nixon's fifth strongest state in the 1960 election after Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Vermont.

1964 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson (D–Texas), with 55.61% of the popular vote, against Senator Barry Goldwater (R–Arizona), with 44.39% of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time South Dakota was carried by the Democratic nominee, as well as the last time a Democrat won Pennington County, Lincoln County, Meade County, Yankton County, Custer County, Bennett County, Clark County, Hamlin County, Hand County, Hyde County, Jackson County, Jones County, Lyman County, Mellette County, Potter County, Stanley County, Tripp County, and Walworth County.

1968 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by former Vice President Richard Nixon (R–California), with 53.27% of the popular vote, against Vice President Hubert Humphrey (D–Minnesota), with 41.96% of the popular vote. American Independent Party candidate George Wallace finished with 4.76% of the popular vote.

1980 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South Dakota was won by former California Governor Ronald Reagan (R) by a 29-point landslide. It is a reliably Republican state, and the last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state was Lyndon Johnson in his 1964 presidential campaign.

1988 United States presidential election in South Dakota

The 1988 United States presidential election in South Dakota took place on November 8, 1988. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. South Dakota voters chose 3 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

South Dakota was won by incumbent United States Vice President George H. W. Bush of Texas, who was running against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Bush ran with Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as Vice President, and Dukakis ran with Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

South Dakota weighed in for this election as one percent more Democratic than the national average. This is the last of only four elections since statehood when South Dakota has voted more Democratic than the national average, an anomaly probably caused by the persistent crisis in the United States' farming sector during the decade.

1992 United States presidential election in South Dakota

The 1992 United States presidential election in South 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.

South Dakota was won by incumbent President George H.W. Bush (R-Texas) with 40.66% of the popular vote over Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) with 37.14%. Businessman Ross Perot (I-Texas) finished in third, with 21.80% of the popular vote. Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush and Perot. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Spink County, Hanson County, Davison County, and Aurora County voted for the Democratic candidate.

1996 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

South 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 Al Gore as Vice President, and Dole ran with former New York Congressman Jack Kemp.South Dakota weighed in for this election as 12% more Republican than the national average.

2020 United States presidential election in South Dakota

The 2020 United States presidential election in South 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. South Dakota voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of South Dakota has 3 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of February 2019, Donald Trump is the declared Republican candidate, Bill Weld is also running. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.

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