United States presidential elections in Alabama

Presidential elections in Alabama
No. of elections 49
Voted Democrat 29
Voted Republican 16
Voted Whig 1
Voted Democratic-Republican 1
Voted other 2[lower-alpha 1]
Voted for winning candidate 26
Voted for losing candidate 23

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Alabama, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1819, Alabama 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.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Elections from 1864 to present

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 2]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016Donald Trump1,318,25562.08Hillary Clinton729,54734.36-9
2012Barack Obama795,69638.36Mitt Romney1,255,92560.55-9
2008Barack Obama813,47938.74John McCain1,266,54660.32-9
2004George W. Bush1,176,39462.46John Kerry693,93336.84-9
2000George W. Bush941,17356.48Al Gore692,61141.57-9
1996Bill Clinton662,16543.16Bob Dole769,04450.12Ross Perot92,1496.019
1992Bill Clinton690,08040.88George H. W. Bush804,28347.65Ross Perot183,10910.859
1988George H. W. Bush815,57659.17Michael Dukakis549,50639.86-9
1984Ronald Reagan872,84960.54Walter Mondale551,89938.28-9
1980Ronald Reagan654,19248.75Jimmy Carter636,73047.45John B. Anderson16,4811.239
1976Jimmy Carter659,17055.73Gerald Ford504,07042.61-9
1972Richard Nixon728,70172.43George McGovern256,92325.54-9
1968Richard Nixon146,92313.99Hubert Humphrey196,57918.72George Wallace691,42565.8610
1964Lyndon B. Johnsonno ballotsBarry Goldwater479,08569.45Unpledged Democratic electors210,73230.5510Johnson did not appear on the ballot.
1960John F. Kennedy318,30356.39Richard Nixon237,98142.16Harry F. Byrd
(unpledged Democratic Electors)
324,050-11Electoral votes split: five Kennedy and six unpledged (Byrd).
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower195,69439.39Adlai Stevenson II280,84456.52T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 3]
20,3234.0911electoral vote split: 11 to Stevenson, 1 to Burgwyn (faithless elector)
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower149,23135.02Adlai Stevenson II275,07564.55-11
1948Harry S. Trumanno ballotsThomas E. Dewey40,93019.04Strom Thurmond171,44379.7511Truman did not appear on the ballot.
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt198,91881.28Thomas E. Dewey44,54018.2-11
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt250,72685.22Wendell Willkie42,18414.34-11
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt238,13686.38Alf Landon35,35812.82-11
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt207,91084.74Herbert Hoover34,67514.13-11
1928Herbert Hoover120,72548.49Al Smith127,79751.33-12
1924Calvin Coolidge45,00527.01John W. Davis112,96667.81Robert M. La Follette Sr.8,0844.8512
1920Warren G. Harding74,55631.37James M. Cox159,96567.31-12
1916Woodrow Wilson99,40976.04Charles E. Hughes28,66221.92-12
1912Woodrow Wilson82,43869.89Theodore Roosevelt22,68019.23William H. Taft9,8078.3112
1908William H. Taft25,56124.31William Jennings Bryan74,39170.75-11
1904Theodore Roosevelt22,47220.66Alton B. Parker79,79773.35-11
1900William McKinley55,61234.82William Jennings Bryan97,12960.82-11
1896William McKinley55,67328.61William Jennings Bryan130,29866.96-11
1892Grover Cleveland138,13559.40Benjamin Harrison9,1843.95James B. Weaver84,98436.5511
1888Benjamin Harrison57,17732.66Grover Cleveland117,31467.00-10
1884Grover Cleveland92,73660.37James G. Blaine59,44438.69-10
1880James A. Garfield56,35037.10Winfield S. Hancock91,13059.99James B. Weaver4,4222.9110
1876Rutherford B. Hayes68,70840.02Samuel J. Tilden102,98959.98-10
1872Ulysses S. Grant90,27253.19Horace Greeley79,44446.81-10
1868Ulysses S. Grant76,66751.3Horatio Seymour72,92148.7-8
1864Abraham Lincolnn/an/aGeorge B. McClellann/an/a-n/an/an/aNo 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 no ballots - Stephen A. Douglas 13,618 15.1 John C. Breckinridge 48,669 54.0 John Bell 27,835 30.9 9

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 2]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856James Buchanan46,73962.08John C. FrémontMillard Fillmore28,55237.929Frémont did not appear on the ballot
1852Franklin Pierce26,88160.89Winfield Scott15,06134.12John P. Hale9
1848Zachary Taylor30,48249.43Lewis Cass31,17350.56Martin Van Buren9
1844James K. Polk37,40158.99Henry Clay26,00241.019
1840William Henry Harrison28,51845.62Martin Van Buren33,99654.387
1836Martin Van Buren20,63855.34Hugh Lawson White16,65844.66various[lower-alpha 4]7
1832Andrew Jackson14,28699.97Henry Clay50.03William Wirt7
1828Andrew Jackson16,73689.89John Quincy Adams1,87810.095

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
1824Andrew Jackson9,42969.32John Quincy Adams2,42217.80Henry Clay960.71William H. Crawford1,65612.175

Election of 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all electoral votes (including Alabama's five electoral votes) except one vote in New Hampshire. The popular vote was primarily directed to filling the office of Vice President.

Notes

  1. George Wallace, 1968; Strom Thurmond, 1948.
  2. 1 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
  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 Alabama.
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