United States presidential elections in Washington

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Washington, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1889, Washington 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 1,211,747 36.83 Hillary Clinton 1,742,718 54.54 - 12 Three faithless electors voted for Colin Powell, and one for Faith Spotted Eagle.
2012 Barack Obama 1,755,396 56.16 Mitt Romney 1,290,670 41.29 - 12
2008 Barack Obama 1,750,848 57.65 John McCain 1,229,216 40.48 - 11
2004 George W. Bush 1,304,894 45.64 John Kerry 1,510,201 52.82 - 11
2000 George W. Bush 1,108,864 44.58 Al Gore 1,247,652 50.16 - 11
1996 Bill Clinton 1,123,323 49.84 Bob Dole 840,712 37.3 Ross Perot 201,003 8.92 11
1992 Bill Clinton 993,037 43.41 George H. W. Bush 731,234 31.97 Ross Perot 541,780 23.68 11
1988 George H. W. Bush 903,835 48.46 Michael Dukakis 933,516 50.05 - 10
1984 Ronald Reagan 1,051,670 55.82 Walter Mondale 807,352 42.86 - 10
1980 Ronald Reagan 865,244 49.66 Jimmy Carter 650,193 37.32 John B. Anderson 185,073 10.62 9
1976 Jimmy Carter 717,323 46.11 Gerald Ford 777,732 50.00 - 9 electoral vote split: 8 to Ford, 1 to Reagan (faithless elector)
1972 Richard Nixon 837,135 56.92 George McGovern 568,334 38.64 - 9
1968 Richard Nixon 588,510 45.12 Hubert Humphrey 616,037 47.23 George Wallace 96,990 7.44 9
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 779,881 61.97 Barry Goldwater 470,366 37.37 - 9
1960 John F. Kennedy 599,298 48.27 Richard Nixon 629,273 50.68 - 9
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 620,430 53.91 Adlai Stevenson II 523,002 45.44 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 9
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 599,107 54.33 Adlai Stevenson II 492,845 44.69 - 9
1948 Harry S. Truman 476,165 52.61 Thomas E. Dewey 386,315 42.68 Strom Thurmond - 8
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 486,774 56.84 Thomas E. Dewey 361,689 42.24 - 8
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 462,145 58.22 Wendell Willkie 322,123 40.58 - 8
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 459,579 66.38 Alf Landon 206,892 29.88 - 8
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 353,260 57.46 Herbert Hoover 208,645 33.94 - 8
1928 Herbert Hoover 335,844 67.06 Al Smith 156,772 31.30 - 7
1924 Calvin Coolidge 220,224 52.24 John W. Davis 42,842 10.16 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 150,727 35.76 7
1920 Warren G. Harding 223,137 55.96 James M. Cox 84,298 21.14 Parley P. Christensen 77,246 19.37 7
1916 Woodrow Wilson 183,388 48.13 Charles E. Hughes 167,208 43.89 - 7
1912 Woodrow Wilson 86,840 26.9 Theodore Roosevelt 113,698 35.22 William H. Taft 70,445 21.82 7
1908 William H. Taft 106,062 57.68 William Jennings Bryan 58,691 31.92 - 5
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 101,540 69.95 Alton B. Parker 28,098 19.36 - 5
1900 William McKinley 57,456 53.44 William Jennings Bryan 44,833 41.70 - 4
1896 William McKinley 39,153 41.84 William Jennings Bryan 53,314 56.97 - 4
1892 Grover Cleveland 29,802 33.88 Benjamin Harrison 36,460 41.45 James B. Weaver 19,165 21.79 4
Presidential elections in Washington
Map of the United States with Washington highlighted
No. of elections32
Voted Democratic17
Voted Republican14
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate22
Voted for losing candidate10

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 Washington (state)

The 1892 United States presidential election in Washington refers to how Washington participated in the 1892 United States presidential election. Washington voted for the Republican challenger, former president Benjamin Harrison, over the Democratic incumbent, Grover Cleveland by a margin of 6,658 votes, or a 7.57 percent margin. This is the first presidential election Washington participated in as a state.

1936 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

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

Washington was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Vice President John Nance Garner, with 66.38% of the popular vote, against Governor Alf Landon (R–Kansas), running with Frank Knox, with 29.88% of the popular vote.FDR's 66.38 percent result is the best ever achieved by a Democrat in Washington.

1940 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

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

Washington was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Secretary Henry A. Wallace, with 58.22% of the popular vote, against Wendell Willkie (R–Indiana), running with Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 40.58% of the popular vote.

1964 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The United States presidential election in the District of Columbia, 1964 took place in order to select the District of Columbia's 3 electoral votes for President of the United States. President Lyndon B. Johnson won the District by an overwhelming margin, receiving over 85% of the vote. This was the first presidential election in which the District of Columbia had the right to vote. The District of Columbia has voted Democratic by large margins every time since this election.

1968 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The United States presidential election in the District of Columbia, 1968 took place in order to select the District of Columbia's 3 electoral votes for President of the United States. Vice President Hubert Humphrey won the District by an overwhelming margin, receiving over 80% of the vote. This was the second presidential election in which the District of Columbia had the right to vote in presidential elections, as well as the only place where George Wallace did not have his name on the ballot. This is the only election in which a republican had a higher score in DC than at least one state in that same election

1972 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The United States presidential election in the District of Columbia, 1972 took place in order to select the District of Columbia's 3 electoral votes for President of the United States. Democrat George McGovern won the District by an overwhelming margin, receiving nearly 80% of the vote. Along with Massachusetts, the District of Columbia was the only place in the U.S. that voted for George McGovern in the general election.

This would be the first and, as of 2019, the only election where the Republican candidate won over 20 percent of the vote.

1976 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

The 1976 United States presidential election in Washington was held on November 2, 1976. Incumbent President Gerald Ford won the state of Washington with exactly 50 percent of the vote, but received only eight of the state’s nine electoral votes. Former California Governor Ronald Reagan lost the Republican nomination to Gerald Ford in 1976 and was not on the ballot in any state. However, he was given one electoral vote by Washington faithless elector Mike Padden. This also the most recent presidential election where Washington would vote Republican in a close nationwide contest, while backing the Republican who did not win the overall election too.

1976 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The United States presidential election in the District of Columbia, 1976 took place in order to select the District of Columbia's 3 electoral votes for President of the United States. Democrat Jimmy Carter won the District by an overwhelming margin.

1980 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

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

Washington, D.C. was won by incumbent President Jimmy Carter (D) by a 61-point landslide.Carter's 74.9% of the vote represents the lowest vote won by a Democrat in the District of Columbia.

This is also the highest a third party ever got in DC

1984 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The 1984 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia was held on November 6, 1984. Democratic candidate Walter Mondale won D.C. with 85% of the vote, giving him 3 electoral votes. In the general election, he only carried a total of 13 electoral votes, the other 10 coming from his home state of Minnesota. The incumbent Ronald Reagan won re-election in 1984, carrying 49 U.S. states.

Mondale's victory in the District of Columbia is the largest out of any location, and was just one of two locations to vote Democratic.

In the midst of a Reagan landslide nationwide, the District weighed in 89.9% more Democratic than the national average, the furthest from the national average it has ever voted.

1988 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The 1988 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia took place on November 8, 1988, as part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Washington, D.C. was a landslide in favor of the Democratic candidate, Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts. Vice President George H. W. Bush received 14.3% of the vote. This is the most recent election in which the Republican candidate received more than 10% of the vote in Washington, D.C. This is one of the only two areas in the country that went more Republican than that of 1984, the other being Tennessee.

1992 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The 1992 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia 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.

The District of Columbia, heavily Democratic, was won in a landslide by Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) with 84.64% of the popular vote over incumbent President George H.W. Bush (R-Texas) with 9.10%. Businessman Ross Perot (I-Texas) finished in third, with 4.25% of the popular vote. Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush and Perot.

1996 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

The 1996 United States presidential election in Washington took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Washington State was won by President Bill Clinton (D–AR) over Senator Bob Dole (R–KS), with Clinton winning 49.84 percent to 37.30 percent for a margin of 12.54 percent. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform–TX) finished in third, with 8.92 percent of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Spokane County, Kittitas County, Pend Oreille County, Ferry County, and Asotin County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

1996 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The 1996 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Washington, D.C. was won by President Bill Clinton (D) over Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), with Clinton winning 85.19% to 9.34% by a margin of 75.85%. Political activist Ralph Nader (Green Party) finished in third, with 2.57% of the popular vote, and businessman Ross Perot (Reform Party) finished in fourth, with 1.94%.Washington, D.C. was again Ross Perot's worst performance in the country. This is also the only time Perot finished fourth in any location in either 1992 or 1996.

2000 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia voted by an extremely large margin in favor of the Democratic candidate Al Gore with 85% of the vote. Bush got 9% with 18,000 votes compared to Nader who got 5% with 10,000 votes. A total of 44% of the population came out to vote.. The District of Columbia has never voted for a Republican. One elector abstained.

2012 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The 2012 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. D.C. voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, against Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan. Obama and Biden carried the District of Columbia with 90.9% of the popular vote to Romney's and Ryan's 7.3%, thus winning the district's three electoral votes. As of 2019, this is the only election since 1988 when the District failed to return a Democratic margin of victory higher than the district had then ever returned in any prior election.

2020 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

The 2020 United States presidential election in Washington 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. Washington voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Washington has 12 electoral votes in the Electoral College.A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee. Washington governor Jay Inslee has expressed interest in running, and has formed an exploratory committee. Additionally, Seattle-based billionaire Howard Schultz announced a potential bid as an independent in early 2019.

2020 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia

The 2020 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia 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. District of Columbia voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The District of Columbia has 3 electoral votes in the Electoral College.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 Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.

United States presidential elections in Washington, D.C.

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Washington, D.C., ordered by year. Since the adoption of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1961, Washington, D.C. has had three electoral votes in the election of the President and Vice President of the United States, and has participated in every U.S. presidential election. As of 2017, in every presidential election, Washington, D.C., has voted for the candidate of the Democratic party.

Winners of the district are in bold.

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