United States presidential elections in Illinois

Presidential elections in Illinois
No. of elections 50
Voted Democrat 24
Voted Republican 24
Voted Democratic-Republican 2
Voted other 0
Voted for winning candidate 41
Voted for losing candidate 9

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Illinois, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1818, Illinois 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 1]
Votes Percent Electoral
2016Donald Trump2,146,01538.36Hillary Clinton3,090,72955.24-20
2012Barack Obama3,019,51257.60Mitt Romney2,135,21640.73-20
2008Barack Obama3,419,34861.92John McCain2,031,17936.78-21
2004George W. Bush2,345,94644.48John Kerry2,891,55054.82-21
2000George W. Bush2,019,42142.58Al Gore2,589,02654.60-22
1996Bill Clinton2,341,74454.32Bob Dole1,587,02136.81Ross Perot346,4088.0322
1992Bill Clinton2,453,35048.58George H. W. Bush1,734,09634.34Ross Perot840,51516.6422
1988George H. W. Bush2,310,93950.69Michael Dukakis2,215,94048.60-24
1984Ronald Reagan2,707,10356.17Walter Mondale2,086,49943.30-24
1980Ronald Reagan2,358,04949.65Jimmy Carter1,981,41341.72John B. Anderson346,7547.3026
1976Jimmy Carter2,271,29548.13Gerald Ford2,364,26950.10-26
1972Richard Nixon2,788,17959.03George McGovern1,913,47240.51-26
1968Richard Nixon2,174,77447.08Hubert Humphrey2,039,81444.15George Wallace390,9588.4626
1964Lyndon B. Johnson2,796,83359.47Barry Goldwater1,905,94640.53-26
1960John F. Kennedy2,377,84649.98Richard Nixon2,368,98849.80-27
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower2,623,32759.52Adlai Stevenson II1,775,68240.29T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 2]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower2,457,32754.84Adlai Stevenson II2,013,92044.94-27
1948Harry S. Truman1,994,71550.07Thomas E. Dewey1,961,10349.22Strom Thurmond-28
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt2,079,47951.52Thomas E. Dewey1,939,31448.05-28
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt2,149,93450.97Wendell Willkie2,047,24048.54-29
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt2,282,99957.70Alf Landon1,570,39339.69-29
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt1,882,30455.23Herbert Hoover1,432,75642.04-29
1928Herbert Hoover1,769,14156.93Al Smith1,313,81742.28-29
1924Calvin Coolidge1,453,32158.84John W. Davis576,97523.36Robert M. La Follette Sr.432,02717.4929
1920Warren G. Harding1,420,48067.81James M. Cox534,39525.51Parley P. Christensen49,6302.3729
1916Woodrow Wilson950,22943.34Charles E. Hughes1,152,54952.56-29
1912Woodrow Wilson405,04835.34Theodore Roosevelt386,47833.72William H. Taft253,59322.1329
1908William H. Taft629,93254.53William Jennings Bryan450,81039.02-27
1904Theodore Roosevelt632,64558.77Alton B. Parker327,60630.43-27
1900William McKinley597,98552.83William Jennings Bryan503,06144.44-24
1896William McKinley607,13055.66William Jennings Bryan465,61342.68-24
1892Grover Cleveland426,28148.79Benjamin Harrison399,28845.70James B. Weaver22,2072.5424
1888Benjamin Harrison370,47549.54Grover Cleveland348,35146.58-22
1884Grover Cleveland312,35146.43James G. Blaine337,46950.17-22
1880James A. Garfield318,03651.11Winfield S. Hancock277,32144.56James B. Weaver26,3584.2421
1876Rutherford B. Hayes278,23250.20Samuel J. Tilden258,61146.66-21
1872Ulysses S. Grant241,93656.27Horace Greeley184,88443.00-21
1868Ulysses S. Grant250,30455.7Horatio Seymour199,11644.3-16
1864Abraham Lincoln189,51254.4George B. McClellan158,72445.6-16

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
1860 Abraham Lincoln 172,171 50.7 Stephen A. Douglas 160,215 47.2 John C. Breckinridge 2,331 0.7 John Bell 4,914 1.4 11

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 1]
Votes Percent Electoral
1856James Buchanan105,52844.09John C. Frémont96,27540.23Millard Fillmore37,53115.6811
1852Franklin Pierce80,37851.87Winfield Scott64,73341.77John P. Hale9,8636.3611
1848Zachary Taylor52,85342.42Lewis Cass55,95244.91Martin Van Buren15,70212.69
1844James K. Polk58,79553.91Henry Clay45,85442.05-9
1840William Henry Harrison45,57448.91Martin Van Buren47,44150.92-5
1836Martin Van Buren18,36954.69William Henry Harrison15,22045.31various[lower-alpha 3]5
1832Andrew Jackson14,60968.01Henry Clay6,74531.40William Wirt970.455
1828Andrew Jackson9,56067.22John Quincy Adams4,66232.78-3

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
1824Andrew Jackson1,27227.23John Quincy Adams1,51632.46Henry Clay1,03622.18William H. Crawford84718.133 (Electoral College split, 2 for Jackson and 1 for Adams)

Election of 1820

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


  1. 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.
  2. Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina
  3. 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 Illinois.
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