United States presidential elections in Connecticut

Presidential elections in Connecticut
No. of elections 58
Voted Democrat 20
Voted Republican 23
Voted Whig 3
Voted Democratic-Republican 4
Voted Federalist 6
Voted other 2[lower-alpha 1]
Voted for winning candidate 39
Voted for losing candidate 19

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Connecticut, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1788, Connecticut has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

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 Trump673,21540.93Hillary Clinton897,57254.57-7
2012Barack Obama905,08358.06Mitt Romney634,89240.73-7
2008Barack Obama997,77260.59John McCain629,42838.22-7
2004George W. Bush693,82643.95John Kerry857,48854.31-7
2000George W. Bush561,09438.44Al Gore816,01555.91-8
1996Bill Clinton735,74052.83Bob Dole483,10934.69Ross Perot139,52310.028
1992Bill Clinton682,31842.21George H. W. Bush578,31335.78Ross Perot348,77121.588
1988George H. W. Bush750,24151.98Michael Dukakis676,58446.87-8
1984Ronald Reagan890,87760.73Walter Mondale569,59738.83-8
1980Ronald Reagan677,21048.16Jimmy Carter541,73238.52John B. Anderson171,80712.228
1976Jimmy Carter647,89546.90Gerald Ford719,26152.06-8
1972Richard Nixon810,76358.57George McGovern555,49840.13-8
1968Richard Nixon556,72144.32Hubert Humphrey621,56149.48George Wallace76,6506.108
1964Lyndon B. Johnson826,26967.81Barry Goldwater390,99632.09-8
1960John F. Kennedy657,05553.73Richard Nixon565,81346.27-8
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower711,83763.72Adlai Stevenson II405,07936.26T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 3]
-8
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower611,01255.70Adlai Stevenson II481,64943.91-8
1948Harry S. Truman423,29747.91Thomas E. Dewey437,75449.55Strom Thurmond-8
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt435,14652.30Thomas E. Dewey390,52746.94-8
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt417,62153.44Wendell Willkie361,81946.30-8
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt382,12955.32Alf Landon278,68540.35-8
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt281,63247.40Herbert Hoover288,42048.54-8
1928Herbert Hoover296,61453.63Al Smith252,04045.57-7
1924Calvin Coolidge246,32261.54John W. Davis110,18427.53Robert M. La Follette Sr.42,41610.67
1920Warren G. Harding229,23862.72James M. Cox120,72133.03Parley P. Christensen1,9470.537
1916Woodrow Wilson99,78646.66Charles E. Hughes106,51449.80-7
1912Woodrow Wilson74,56139.16Theodore Roosevelt34,12917.92William H. Taft68,32435.887
1908William H. Taft112,91559.43William Jennings Bryan68,25535.92-7
1904Theodore Roosevelt111,08958.12Alton B. Parker72,90938.15-7
1900William McKinley102,57256.92William Jennings Bryan74,01441.07-6
1896William McKinley110,28563.24William Jennings Bryan56,74032.54-6
1892Grover Cleveland82,39550.06Benjamin Harrison77,03246.80James B. Weaver8090.496
1888Benjamin Harrison74,58448.44Grover Cleveland74,92048.66--6
1884Grover Cleveland67,18248.95James G. Blaine65,89848.01-6
1880James A. Garfield67,07150.51Winfield S. Hancock64,41148.50James B. Weaver8680.656
1876[1]Rutherford B. Hayes59,03348.33Samuel J. Tilden61,92750.70-6
1872Ulysses S. Grant50,31452.41Horace Greeley45,69547.59-6
1868Ulysses S. Grant50,78951.5Horatio Seymour47,78148.5-6
1864Abraham Lincoln44,67351.4George B. McClellan42,28548.6-6

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 43,488 58.1 Stephen A. Douglas 15,431 20.6 John C. Breckinridge 14,372 19.2 John Bell 1,528 2.0 6

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 Buchanan34,99743.57John C. Frémont42,71753.18Millard Fillmore2,6153.266
1852Franklin Pierce33,24949.79Winfield Scott30,35945.56John P. Hale3,1614.736
1848Zachary Taylor30,31848.59Lewis Cass27,05143.35Martin Van Buren5,0058.026
1844James K. Polk29,84146.18Henry Clay32,83250.81-6
1840William Henry Harrison31,59855.55Martin Van Buren25,28144.45-8
1836Martin Van Buren19,29450.65William Henry Harrison18,79949.35various[lower-alpha 4]8
1832Andrew Jackson11,26934.32Henry Clay18,15555.29William Wirt3,40910.388
1828Andrew Jackson4,44822.95John Quincy Adams13,82971.36-8

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 Jacksonno ballots-John Quincy Adams7,49470.39Henry Clayno ballots-William H. Crawford1,96518.468

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all nine of Connecticut’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.

In elections prior to 1820, Connecticut did not conduct a popular vote. Each Elector was appointed by the state legislature.

Year Winner (nationally) Loser (nationally) Electoral
Votes
Notes
1820James Monroe-9Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816James MonroeRufus King9
1812James MadisonDeWitt Clinton9
1808James MadisonCharles C. Pinckney9
1804Thomas JeffersonCharles C. Pinckney9
1800Thomas JeffersonJohn Adams9
1796John AdamsThomas Jefferson9
1792George Washington-9Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89George Washington-7Washington effectively ran unopposed.

References

  1. Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections; 1876 Presidential General Election Results – Connecticut

Notes

  1. George Washington, 1788-89, 1792.
  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 Hugh Lawson White, Daniel Webster, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in Connecticut.
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