United States presidential elections in West Virginia

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in West Virginia, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1863, West Virginia has participated in every U.S. presidential election. Prior to 1863, the territory currently comprising the state of West Virginia was part of the state of Virginia, and citizens residing in that area have thus been able to participate in every U.S. election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[a]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 489,371 67.85 Hillary Clinton 188,794 26.5 - 5
2012 Barack Obama 238,269 35.54 Mitt Romney 417,655 62.3 - 5
2008 Barack Obama 303,857 42.59 John McCain 397,466 55.71 - 5
2004 George W. Bush 423,778 56.06 John Kerry 326,541 43.2 - 5
2000 George W. Bush 336,475 51.92 Al Gore 295,497 45.59 - 5
1996 Bill Clinton 327,812 51.51 Bob Dole 233,946 36.76 Ross Perot 71,639 11.26 5
1992 Bill Clinton 331,001 48.41 George H. W. Bush 241,974 35.39 Ross Perot 108,829 15.91 5
1988 George H. W. Bush 310,065 47.46 Michael Dukakis 341,016 52.2 - 6 electoral vote split: 5 to Dukakis, 1 to Bentsen (faithless elector)
1984 Ronald Reagan 405,483 55.11 Walter Mondale 328,125 44.6 - 6
1980 Ronald Reagan 334,206 45.3 Jimmy Carter 367,462 49.81 John B. Anderson 31,691 4.3 6
1976 Jimmy Carter 435,914 58.07 Gerald Ford 314,760 41.93 - 6
1972 Richard Nixon 484,964 63.61 George McGovern 277,435 36.39 - 6
1968 Richard Nixon 307,555 40.78 Hubert Humphrey 374,091 49.6 George Wallace 72,560 9.62 7
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 538,087 67.94 Barry Goldwater 253,953 32.06 - 7
1960 John F. Kennedy 441,786 52.73 Richard Nixon 395,995 47.27 - 8
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 449,297 54.08 Adlai Stevenson II 381,534 45.92 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[b]
- 8
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 419,970 48.08 Adlai Stevenson II 453,578 51.92 - 8
1948 Harry S. Truman 429,188 57.32 Thomas E. Dewey 316,251 42.24 Strom Thurmond - 8
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 392,777 54.89 Thomas E. Dewey 322,819 45.11 - 8
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 495,662 57.1 Wendell Willkie 372,414 42.9 - 8
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 502,582 60.56 Alf Landon 325,358 39.2 - 8
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 405,124 54.47 Herbert Hoover 330,731 44.47 - 8
1928 Herbert Hoover 375,551 58.43 Al Smith 263,784 41.04 - 8
1924 Calvin Coolidge 288,635 49.45 John W. Davis 257,232 44.07 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 36,723 6.29 8
1920 Warren G. Harding 282,007 55.30 James M. Cox 220,789 43.30 - 8
1916 Woodrow Wilson 140,403 48.44 Charles E. Hughes 143,124 49.38 - 8 electoral vote split: 7 to Hughes, 1 to Wilson (faithless elector)
1912 Woodrow Wilson 113,197 42.11 Theodore Roosevelt 79,112 29.43 William H. Taft 56,754 21.11 8
1908 William H. Taft 137,869 53.42 William Jennings Bryan 111,418 43.17 - 7
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 132,620 55.26 Alton B. Parker 100,855 42.03 - 7
1900 William McKinley 119,829 54.27 William Jennings Bryan 98,807 44.75 - 6
1896 William McKinley 105,379 52.23 William Jennings Bryan 94,480 46.83 - 6
1892 Grover Cleveland 84,467 49.37 Benjamin Harrison 80,292 46.93 James B. Weaver 4,167 2.44 6
1888 Benjamin Harrison 78,171 49.03 Grover Cleveland 78,677 49.35 - 6
1884 Grover Cleveland 67,311 50.94 James G. Blaine 63,096 47.75 - 6
1880 James A. Garfield 46,243 41.05 Winfield S. Hancock 57,390 50.95 James B. Weaver 9,008 8.00 5
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 41,997 42.15 Samuel J. Tilden 56,546 56.75 - 5
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 32,320 51.74 Horace Greeley 29,532 47.28 - 5
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 29,015 58.8 Horatio Seymour 20,306 41.2 - 5
1864 Abraham Lincoln 23,799 68.2 George B. McClellan 11,078 31.8 - 5
Presidential elections in West Virginia
Map of the United States with West Virginia highlighted
No. of elections39
Voted Democratic20
Voted Republican19
Voted other0
Voted for winning candidate29
Voted for losing candidate10

Notes

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina
1868 United States presidential election in West Virginia

The 1868 United States presidential election in West Virginia took place on November 3, 1868, as part of the 1868 United States presidential election. West Virginia voters chose five representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.West Virginia was won by Ulysses S. Grant, formerly the 6th Commanding General of the United States Army (R-Ohio), running with Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax, with 58.83% of the popular vote, against the 18th governor of New York, Horatio Seymour(D–New York), running with former Senator Francis Preston Blair, Jr., with 41.17% of the vote.

1880 United States presidential election in West Virginia

The 1880 United States presidential election in West Virginia took place on November 2, 1880, as part of the 1880 United States presidential election. West Virginia voters chose five representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.West Virginia was won by General Winfield Scott Hancock (D–Pennsylvania), running with former Representative William Hayden English, with 50.95% of the popular vote, against Representative James Garfield (R-Ohio), running with the 10th chairman of the New York State Republican Executive Committee Chester A. Arthur, with 41.05% of the vote and representative James B. Weaver (G–Iowa), running with Barzillai J. Chambers, a former Confederate, with 8.00% of the popular vote.

1892 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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

West Virginia 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 West Virginia

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

West Virginia 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 West Virginia

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

West Virginia 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 West Virginia

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

West Virginia was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Theodore Roosevelt of New York and his running mate Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana. Despite the 13 point victory in the state, it was 5 percent more Democratic than the national average, making the state close by comparison to the national standard of margin.

1932 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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

West Virginia was won by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Speaker John Nance Garner, with 54.47% of the popular vote, against incumbent President Herbert Hoover (R–California), running with Vice President Charles Curtis, with 44.4% of the popular vote.

1936 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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

West Virginia was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Vice President John Nance Garner, with 60.56% of the popular vote, against Governor Alf Landon (R–Kansas), running with Frank Knox, with 39.20% of the popular vote.

1940 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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

West Virginia was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Secretary Henry A. Wallace, with 57.10% of the popular vote, against Wendell Willkie (R–Indiana), running with Minority Leader Charles L. McNary, with 42.90% of the popular vote.

1944 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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

West Virginia was won by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D–New York), running with Senator Harry S. Truman, with 54.89 percent of the popular vote, against the 41st Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey (R–New York), running with the 54th Governor of Ohio, John W. Bricker, with 45.11 percent of the popular vote.

1948 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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

West Virginia was won by incumbent President Harry S. Truman (D–Missouri), running with Senator Alben W. Barkley, with 57.32% of the popular vote, against Governor Thomas Dewey (R–New York), running with Governor Earl Warren, with 42.24% of the popular vote.

1952 United States presidential election in West Virginia

The 1952 United States presidential election in West Virginia took place on November 4, 1952, as part of the 1952 United States presidential election. West Virginia voters chose eight representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

West Virginia was won by Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator John Sparkman, with 51.92% of the popular vote, against Columbia University President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–New York), running with Senator Richard Nixon, with 48.08% of the popular vote.

1956 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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

West Virginia was won by incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R–Pennsylvania), running with Vice President Richard Nixon, with 54.08% of the popular vote, against Adlai Stevenson (D–Illinois), running with Senator Estes Kefauver, with 45.92% of the popular vote.

1960 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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

West Virginia was won by Senator John F. Kennedy (D–Massachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 52.73% of the popular vote against incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon (R–California), running with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., with 47.27% of the popular vote.

1972 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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

West Virginia was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (R–California), with 63.61% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (D–South Dakota), with 36.39% of the popular vote. Nixon won every county in the state except for Logan County, which McGovern won 51.3%-48.7%.

1976 United States presidential election in West Virginia

The 1976 United States presidential election in West Virginia was held on November 2, 1976. The two major party candidates, Republican Gerald Ford and Democrat Jimmy Carter were the only candidates to appear on the state's ballot. Carter won the state of West Virginia with 58% of the vote, carrying the state's 6 electoral votes. He had a 16.14 point margin over the incumbent President Ford. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Putnam County, Mineral County, and Hampshire County voted for the Democratic candidate.

1980 United States presidential election in West Virginia

The 1980 United States presidential election in West Virginia took place on November 4, 1980, in West Virginia as part of the 1980 United States presidential election.

The Democratic Party candidate, incumbent President Jimmy Carter, won the state over former California Governor Ronald Reagan by 33,356 votes, giving him one of just seven victories in the election (other than West Virginia, Carter also carried Maryland, Minnesota, Hawaii, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia and his home state of Georgia).

Nationally, Reagan won the election with 489 electoral votes and 50.75% of the popular vote.

1988 United States presidential election in West Virginia

The 1988 United States presidential election in West Virginia took place on November 8, 1988. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. West Virginia voters chose 6 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

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

West Virginia weighed in for this election as 13% more Democratic than the national average. To date this is also the last time the state voted for a losing Democratic presidential candidate.

The 1988 election cycle is also the last time that West Virginia did not vote for the same presidential candidate as neighbouring Kentucky.

2020 United States presidential election in West Virginia

The 2020 United States presidential election in West 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. West Virginia voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of West Virginia has 5 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, Bernie Sanders are the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.

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