United States presidential elections in Virginia

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Virginia, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1788, Virginia 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, and the election of 1868, when the state was undergoing Reconstruction.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in Virginia
Map of the United States with Virginia highlighted
No. of elections56
Voted Democratic29
Voted Republican16
Voted Democratic-Republican8
Voted other3[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 1,769,443 44.43 Hillary Clinton 1,981,473 49.75 - 13
2012 Barack Obama 1,971,820 51.16 Mitt Romney 1,822,522 47.28 - 13
2008 Barack Obama 1,959,532 52.63 John McCain 1,725,005 46.33 - 13
2004 George W. Bush 1,716,959 53.68 John Kerry 1,454,742 45.48 - 13
2000 George W. Bush 1,437,490 52.47 Al Gore 1,217,290 44.44 - 13
1996 Bill Clinton 1,091,060 45.15 Bob Dole 1,138,350 47.1 Ross Perot 159,861 6.62 13
1992 Bill Clinton 1,038,650 40.59 George H. W. Bush 1,150,517 44.97 Ross Perot 348,639 13.63 13
1988 George H. W. Bush 1,309,162 59.74 Michael Dukakis 859,799 39.23 - 12
1984 Ronald Reagan 1,337,078 62.29 Walter Mondale 796,250 37.09 - 12
1980 Ronald Reagan 989,609 53.03 Jimmy Carter 752,174 40.31 John B. Anderson 95,418 5.11 12
1976 Jimmy Carter 813,896 47.96 Gerald Ford 836,554 49.29 - 12
1972 Richard Nixon 988,493 67.84 George McGovern 438,887 30.12 - 12 electoral vote split: 11 to Nixon, 1 to John Hospers (faithless elector)
1968 Richard Nixon 590,319 43.36 Hubert Humphrey 442,387 32.49 George Wallace 321,833 23.64 12
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 558,038 53.54 Barry Goldwater 481,334 46.18 - 12
1960 John F. Kennedy 362,327 46.97 Richard Nixon 404,521 52.44 - 12
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 386,459 55.37 Adlai Stevenson II 267,760 38.36 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
42,964 6.16 12
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 349,037 56.32 Adlai Stevenson II 268,677 43.36 - 12
1948 Harry S. Truman 200,786 47.89 Thomas E. Dewey 172,070 41.04 Strom Thurmond 43,393 10.35 11
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 242,276 62.36 Thomas E. Dewey 145,243 37.39 - 11
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 235,961 68.08 Wendell Willkie 109,363 31.55 - 11
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 234,980 70.23 Alf Landon 98,336 29.39 - 11
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 203,979 68.46 Herbert Hoover 89,637 30.09 - 11
1928 Herbert Hoover 164,609 53.91 Al Smith 140,146 45.90 - 12
1924 Calvin Coolidge 73,312 32.79 John W. Davis 139,716 62.48 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 10,377 4.64 12
1920 Warren G. Harding 87,456 37.85 James M. Cox 141,670 61.32 Parley P. Christensen 243 0.11 12
1916 Woodrow Wilson 101,840 66.99 Charles E. Hughes 48,384 31.83 - 12
1912 Woodrow Wilson 90,332 65.95 Theodore Roosevelt 21,776 15.90 William H. Taft 23,288 17.00 12
1908 William H. Taft 52,572 38.36 William Jennings Bryan 82,946 60.52 - 12
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 48,180 36.95 Alton B. Parker 80,649 61.84 - 12
1900 William McKinley 115,769 43.82 William Jennings Bryan 146,079 55.29 - 12
1896 William McKinley 135,379 45.94 William Jennings Bryan 154,708 52.50 - 12
1892 Grover Cleveland 164,136 56.17 Benjamin Harrison 113,098 38.70 James B. Weaver 12,275 4.20 12
1888 Benjamin Harrison 150,399 49.46 Grover Cleveland 152,004 49.99 - 12
1884 Grover Cleveland 145,491 51.05 James G. Blaine 139,356 48.90 - 12
1880 James A. Garfield 83,533 39.47 Winfield S. Hancock 128,083 60.53 - 11
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 95,518 40.42 Samuel J. Tilden 140,770 59.58 - 11
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 93,463 50.47 Horace Greeley 91,647 49.49 - 11
1868 Ulysses S. Grant Horatio Seymour - No vote due to status of Reconstruction.
1864 Abraham Lincoln George B. McClellan - No vote due to secession.

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 1,887 1.1 Stephen A. Douglas 16,198 9.7 John C. Breckinridge 74,325 44.5 John Bell 74,481 44.6 15

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 90,083 59.96 John C. Frémont no ballots Millard Fillmore 60,150 40.04 15
1852 Franklin Pierce 73,872 55.71 Winfield Scott 58,732 44.29 John P. Hale no ballots 15
1848 Zachary Taylor 45,265 49.20 Lewis Cass 46,739 50.80 Martin Van Buren no ballots 17
1844 James K. Polk 50,679 53.05 Henry Clay 44,860 46.95 - 17
1840 William Henry Harrison 42,637 49.35 Martin Van Buren 43,757 50.65 - 23
1836 Martin Van Buren 30,556 56.64 Hugh Lawson White 23,384 43.35 various[d] 23
1832 Andrew Jackson 34,243 74.96 Henry Clay 11,436 25.03 William Wirt 3 0.01 23
1828 Andrew Jackson 26,854 68.99 John Quincy Adams 12,070 31.01 - 24

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 2,975 19.35 John Quincy Adams 3,419 22.24 Henry Clay 419 2.73 William H. Crawford 8,558 55.68 24

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 25 of Virginia'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 - 25 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 25
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 25
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 24
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 24
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 21
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 21 Electoral vote split, twenty for Jefferson, one for Adams.
1792 George Washington - 21 Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89 George Washington - 10 Washington effectively ran unopposed.

Notes

  1. ^ John Bell, 1860; George Washington, 1788-89, 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 Virginia.
1788–89 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1789 United States presidential election in Virginia took place between December 15, 1788 and January 10, 1789, as part of the 1788–1789 United States presidential election to elect the first President. Voters chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President. However, one elector did not vote and another elector was not chosen because an election district failed to submit returns, resulting in only 10 electoral votes being submitted.

Virginia unanimously voted for nonpartisan candidate and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, George Washington. The total popular vote is composed of 3,040 for Federalist electors and 1,293 for Anti-Federalist electors, all of whom were supportive of Washington.

1824 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1824 United States presidential election in Virginia took place between October 26 and December 2, 1824, as part of the 1824 United States presidential election. Voters chose 24 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. Virginia voted for William H. Crawford over John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Henry Clay. Crawford won Virginia by a margin of 33.44%.

1828 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1828 United States presidential election in Virginia took place between October 31 and December 2, 1828, as part of the 1828 United States presidential election. Voters chose 24 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate, Andrew Jackson, over the National Republican candidate, incumbent President John Quincy Adams. Jackson won Virginia by a margin of 37.98%.

1832 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1832 United States presidential election in Virginia took place between November 2 and December 5, 1832, as part of the 1832 United States presidential election. Voters chose 23 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Virginia voted for the Democratic Party candidate, incumbent President Andrew Jackson, over the National Republican candidate, Henry Clay, and the Anti-Masonic Party candidate, William Wirt. Jackson won Virginia by a margin of 49.93%.

1836 United States presidential election in Virginia

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

Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate Hugh White. Van Buren won Virginia by a margin of 13.29%.

1840 United States presidential election in Virginia

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

Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate, incumbent President Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. Van Buren narrowly won Virginia by a margin of 1.3%, or 1,120 votes.

1844 United States presidential election in Virginia

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

Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate, James K. Polk, over Whig candidate Henry Clay. Polk won Virginia by a margin of 6.10%.

1848 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1848 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 7, 1848, as part of the 1848 United States presidential election. Voters chose seventeen representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Virginia was a closely contested state during this election and narrowly voted for the Democratic candidate, former U.S. Senator Lewis Cass over the Whig candidate, military general Zachary Taylor. Cass won the state with a margin of 1.6%. As of 2017, this is the last election in which Morgan County, now part of West Virginia, voted for the Democratic candidate.

1852 United States presidential election in Virginia

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

Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate, former U.S. Senator Franklin Pierce over the Whig candidate, military lieutenant general Winfield Scott. Pierce won the state by a margin of 11.42%.

1856 United States presidential election in Virginia

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

Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate, former United States Minister to the United Kingdom James Buchanan over the American candidate, former President Millard Fillmore. Former U.S. Senator John C. Frémont was also the Republican candidate in this election, but he was not on the ballot in Virginia. Buchanan won the state with a margin was 19.92%.

1872 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1872 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 5, 1872, as part of the 1872 United States presidential election. Voters chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Virginia voted for the Republican candidate, incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant over the Democratic and Liberal Republican candidate, former U.S. Representative Horace Greeley. This was the first presidential election that Virginia participated in after the events of the U.S. Civil War. It was also the first presidential election in which the state voted for a Republican candidate and would not occur again until 1928. The election was still very close in this state and Grant won Virginia by a margin of almost 1%.

1876 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1876 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 7, 1876, as part of the 1876 United States presidential election. Voters chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate, New York Governor Samuel J. Tilden over the Republican candidate, Ohio Governor Rutherford B. Hayes. Tilden won Virginia by a margin of 19.15%.

1880 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1880 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 2, 1880, as part of the 1880 United States presidential election. Voters chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate, Major General Winfield S. Hancock over the Republican candidate, U.S. Representative James A. Garfield. Hancock won Virginia comfortably by a margin of 21.05 percent. This is the last occasion the Democratic Party has carried Floyd County, which along with neighbouring Carroll County were to be strong GOP counties in a Democrat-dominated state during the next seven decades.

While Hancock won the state, a split in the Democratic Party in Virginia over the payment of state debts led to two Democratic electoral slates being nominated, one by the regular debt-paying "Funder" Democrats, the other by the "Readjuster" or anti-debt paying faction of the party. Both slates were pledged to the Hancock ticket. The Readjuster ticket received 31,527 votes, but the Funder Democrats took 96,449 votes, enough to defeat the Republicans, whose slate had 84,020.

1884 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1884 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 4, 1884, as part of the 1884 United States presidential election. Voters chose twelve representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate, New York Governor Grover Cleveland over the Republican candidate, former Secretary of State James G. Blaine. Cleveland won Virginia by a margin of 2.15%.

1944 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1944 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 7, 1944, throughout the 48 contiguous states. Voters chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Virginia voted for the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt, over the Republican nominee, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Roosevelt ultimately won the national election with 53.39 percent of the vote.

This is currently the last election in Virginia where the Democratic candidate won by a double-digit margin. It is also the last occasion the following county-equivalents have voted for a Democratic Presidential nominee: Augusta County, Mathews County, Northumberland County, Richmond County and Roanoke County. The independent city of Staunton would not vote Democratic again until Barack Obama in 2008. This would also be the last time until 2016 that Virginia was more Democratic than the national average.

1960 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1960 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 8, 1960. Voters chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Virginia voted for the Republican nominee, incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon, over the Democratic nominee, Senator John F. Kennedy. Kennedy ultimately won the national election with 49.72 percent of the vote.

Despite Nixon’s win, as of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last occasion when Appomattox County, Campbell County, Lunenburg County, Mecklenburg County and Pittsylvania County have voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

1964 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1964 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 3, 1964. All fifty states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1964 United States presidential election. Virginia voters chose twelve electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

Virginia was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas with 53.54 percent of the vote, who was running against U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona. Johnson also won the national election in a landslide with 61.05 percent of the vote. However, the state would not vote for another Democratic candidate until 2008.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this remains the last occasion when Amherst County, Bland County, Clarke County, Culpeper County, Fauquier County, Frederick County, Rockingham County, Washington County and York County have voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. It is also the only time since 1948 Waynesboro City has voted for a Democrat for president, whilst Prince William County and Winchester City would never vote Democratic again until 2008. Fairfax County, Virginia's most populous county, would not vote Democratic again until 2004, having last voted Democratic in 1940 before this election. The independent city of Virginia Beach has also not voted Democrat since.

2000 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 2000 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Virginia, a state that hadn't gone Democratic since 1964, was won by Governor George W. Bush with a margin of victory of 8%. It would not vote Democratic again until 2008. The 2000 election was the last time Fairfax County, Virginia's most populous county, would go Republican. Fairfax's swing toward the Democrats in recent years has contributed to the state turning Democratic.

2020 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 2020 United States presidential election in Virginia 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. Virginia voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Virginia has 13 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of February 2019, Donald Trump is the declared Republican candidate.

A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee. Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia from 2014–2018, has expressed interest in running. Tim Kaine, a current Virginia senator and Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, has declined to run.

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