United States presidential elections in Tennessee

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Tennessee, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1796, Tennessee has participated in every U.S. presidential election except the election of 1864, during the American Civil War. At that time, Tennessee was controlled by the Union and held elections, but electors were not ultimately counted.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Tennessee
Map of the United States with Tennessee highlighted
No. of elections55
Voted Democratic25
Voted Republican17
Voted Whig5
Voted Democratic-Republican7
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate37
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 1,522,925 60.72 Hillary Clinton 870,695 34.72 - 11
2012 Barack Obama 960,709 39.08 Mitt Romney 1,462,330 59.48 - 11
2008 Barack Obama 1,087,437 41.83 John McCain 1,479,178 56.90 - 11
2004 George W. Bush 1,384,375 56.80 John Kerry 1,036,477 42.53 - 11
2000 George W. Bush 1,061,949 51.15 Al Gore 981,720 47.28 - 11
1996 Bill Clinton 909,146 48.00 Bob Dole 863,530 45.59 Ross Perot 105,918 5.59 11
1992 Bill Clinton 933,521 47.08 George H. W. Bush 841,300 42.43 Ross Perot 199,968 10.09 11
1988 George H. W. Bush 947,233 57.89 Michael Dukakis 679,794 41.55 - 11
1984 Ronald Reagan 990,212 57.84 Walter Mondale 711,714 41.57 - 11
1980 Ronald Reagan 787,761 48.70 Jimmy Carter 783,051 48.41 John B. Anderson 35,991 2.22 10
1976 Jimmy Carter 825,879 55.94 Gerald Ford 633,969 42.94 - 10
1972 Richard Nixon 813,147 67.70 George McGovern 357,293 29.75 - 10
1968 Richard Nixon 472,592 37.85 Hubert Humphrey 351,233 28.13 George Wallace 424,792 34.02 11
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 634,947 55.50 Barry Goldwater 508,965 44.49 - 11
1960 John F. Kennedy 481,453 45.77 Richard Nixon 556,577 52.92 - 11
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 462,288 49.21 Adlai Stevenson II 456,507 48.60 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
19,820 2.11 11
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 446,147 49.99 Adlai Stevenson II 443,710 49.71 - 11
1948 Harry S. Truman 270,402 49.14 Thomas E. Dewey 202,914 36.87 Strom Thurmond 73,815 13.41 12 Electoral vote split: 11 for Truman, 1 for Thurmond (faithless elector).
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 308,707 60.45 Thomas E. Dewey 200,311 39.22 - 12
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 351,601 67.25 Wendell Willkie 169,153 32.35 - 11
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 328,083 68.85 Alf Landon 146,520 30.75 - 11
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 259,473 66.49 Herbert Hoover 126,752 32.48 - 11
1928 Herbert Hoover 195,388 53.76 Al Smith 167,343 46.04 - 12
1924 Calvin Coolidge 130,882 43.59 John W. Davis 158,537 52.8 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 10,656 3.55 12
1920 Warren G. Harding 219,829 51.29 James M. Cox 206,558 48.19 - 12
1916 Woodrow Wilson 153,280 56.31 Charles E. Hughes 116,223 42.70 - 12
1912 Woodrow Wilson 133,021 52.80 Theodore Roosevelt 54,041 21.45 William H. Taft 60,475 24.00 12
1908 William H. Taft 117,977 45.87 William Jennings Bryan 135,608 52.73 - 12
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 105,363 43.40 Alton B. Parker 131,653 54.23 - 12
1900 William McKinley 123,108 44.95 William Jennings Bryan 145,240 53.03 - 12
1896 William McKinley 148,683 46.33 William Jennings Bryan 167,168 52.09 - 12
1892 Grover Cleveland 136,468 51.36 Benjamin Harrison 100,537 37.83 James B. Weaver 23,918 9.00 12
1888 Benjamin Harrison 138,978 45.76 Grover Cleveland 158,699 52.26 - 12
1884 Grover Cleveland 133,770 51.45 James G. Blaine 124,101 47.74 - 12
1880 James A. Garfield 107,677 44.26 Winfield S. Hancock 129,569 53.26 James B. Weaver 6,017 2.47 12
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 89,566 40.21 Samuel J. Tilden 133,177 59.79 - 12
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 85,655 47.84 Horace Greeley 93,391 52.16 - 12
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 56,628 68.4 Horatio Seymour 26,129 31.6 - 10
1864 Abraham Lincoln George B. McClellan - Under Union control by 1864 and held elections, but electors (who voted for Lincoln) were not ultimately counted.

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 11,281 7.7 John C. Breckinridge 65,097 44.6 John Bell 69,728 47.7 12

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 69,704 52.18 John C. Frémont no ballots Millard Fillmore 63,878 47.82 12
1852 Franklin Pierce 56,900 49.27 Winfield Scott 58,586 50.73 John P. Hale no ballots 12
1848 Zachary Taylor 64,321 52.52 Lewis Cass 58,142 47.48 Martin Van Buren no ballots 13
1844 James K. Polk 59,917 49.95 Henry Clay 60,040 50.05 - 13
1840 William Henry Harrison 60,194 55.66 Martin Van Buren 47,951 44.34 - 15
1836 Martin Van Buren 26,170 42.08 Hugh Lawson White 36,027 57.92 various[d] 15
1832 Andrew Jackson 28,078 95.42 Henry Clay 1,347 4.58 William Wirt no ballots 15
1828 Andrew Jackson 44,293 95.19 John Quincy Adams 2,240 4.81 - 11

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 20,197 97.45 John Quincy Adams 216 1.04 Henry Clay no ballots William H. Crawford 312 1.51 11

Elections of from 1796 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all eight of Tennessee'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 - 7 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 8
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 8
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 5
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 5
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 3
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 3

Notes

  1. ^ John Bell, 1860.
  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 Tennessee.
1828 United States presidential election in Tennessee

The 1828 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place between October 31 and December 2, 1828, as part of the 1828 United States presidential election. Voters chose 11 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Tennessee voted for the Democratic candidate, Andrew Jackson, over the National Republican candidate, John Quincy Adams. Jackson won Tennessee, his home state, by a wide margin of 90.38%.

1832 United States presidential election in Tennessee

The 1832 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place between November 2 and December 5, 1832, as part of the 1832 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Tennessee voted for the Democratic Party candidate, state native Andrew Jackson, over the National Republican candidate, Henry Clay. Jackson won Tennessee by a large margin of 90.84%.

1840 United States presidential election in Tennessee

The 1840 United States presidential election in Tennessee 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.

Tennessee voted for the Whig candidate, William Henry Harrison, over Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren. Harrison won Tennessee by a margin of 11.32%.

1844 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee voted for the Whig candidate, Henry Clay, over Democratic candidate James K. Polk, a former Governor of Tennessee. Clay won Tennessee by a margin of 0.10%.

1856 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee voted for the Democratic candidate, James Buchanan, over American Party candidate Millard Fillmore. Buchanan won Tennessee by a margin of 4.36%.

Republican Party candidate John C. Frémont was not on the ballot in the state.

1864 United States presidential election in Tennessee

The 1864 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 8, 1864, as part of the 1864 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 10 electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Tennessee voted for incumbent Republican President Abraham Lincoln. The state (along with Louisiana) both chose electors for the election after being captured early in the American Civil War. However, Congress did not count their votes.

1892 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee 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 Tennessee

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

Tennessee was won by the Democratic nominees, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate Arthur Sewall of Maine.

1900 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee was won by the Democratic nominees, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate Adlai Stevenson I of Illinois.

1904 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee 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 Tennessee

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

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

1932 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee was won by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Speaker John Nance Garner, with 66.49% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Herbert Hoover (R–California), running with Vice President Charles Curtis, with 32.48% of the popular vote.

1944 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Senator Harry S. Truman, with 60.45% of the popular vote, against Governor Thomas E. Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor John Bricker, with 39.22% of the popular vote.

1952 United States presidential election in Tennessee

The 1952 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 4, 1952, as part of the 1952 United States presidential election. Tennessee voters chose eleven representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.Tennessee was won by Columbia University President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–New York), running with Senator Richard Nixon, with 49.99% of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator John Sparkman, with 49.71% of the popular vote.

1956 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee was won by incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 49.21% of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 48.60% of the popular vote.

1964 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson (D–Texas), with 55.50% of the popular vote, against Senator Barry Goldwater (R–Arizona), with 44.49% of the popular vote.

1968 United States presidential election in Tennessee

The 1968 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 5, 1968. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Tennessee voters chose eleven electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Tennessee voted more or less equally for the candidates, resulting in Republican candidate Richard Nixon of New York and his running mate Governor Spiro Agnew of Maryland receiving a plurality of the votes as opposed to a majority.

Nixon carried Tennessee with 37.85% of the vote to American Independent Party candidate George Wallace’s 34.02% and Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey's 28.13%, a victory margin of 3.87%. Nixon's victory was due to his large margins in traditionally Republican East Tennessee, while Wallace and Humphrey basically split Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee. As of 2018, this is the last election in which Hamilton County did not support the Republican candidate.

1972 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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

Tennessee was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (R–California), with 67.70% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (D–South Dakota), with 29.75% 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 30,000 votes.

Stewart, Houston, Perry, Lewis, and Jackson counties were the only five of Tennessee's ninety-five counties to vote for McGovern. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the best showing of any Republican candidate in the state. This is also the last election in which Haywood County voted for the Republican candidate.

2020 United States presidential election in Tennessee

The 2020 United States presidential election in Tennessee 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. Tennessee voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Tennessee has 11 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of May 2019, Donald Trump and Bill Weld are the declared Republican candidates for 2020. Former Tennessee senator Bob Corker is considered a potential primary opponent for Trump.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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