United States presidential elections in Kentucky

Presidential elections in Kentucky
No. of elections 57
Voted Democrat 26
Voted Republican 15
Voted Whig 5
Voted Democratic-Republican 9
Voted other 2[lower-alpha 1]
Voted for winning candidate 38
Voted for losing candidate 20

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Kentucky, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1792, Kentucky has participated in every U.S. presidential election. Prior to the election of 1792, Kentucky was part of Virginia, and residents of the area voted as part of that state.

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
2016Donald Trump1,202,97162.52Hillary Clinton628,85432.68-8
2012Barack Obama679,37037.80Mitt Romney1,087,19060.49-8
2008Barack Obama751,98541.17John McCain1,048,46257.40-8
2004George W. Bush1,069,43959.55John Kerry712,73339.69-8
2000George W. Bush872,49256.50Al Gore638,89841.37-8
1996Bill Clinton636,61445.84Bob Dole623,28344.88Ross Perot120,3968.678
1992Bill Clinton665,10444.55George H. W. Bush617,17841.34Ross Perot203,94413.668
1988George H. W. Bush734,28155.52Michael Dukakis580,36843.88-9
1984Ronald Reagan822,78560.04Walter Mondale539,58939.37-9
1980Ronald Reagan635,27449.07Jimmy Carter616,41747.61John B. Anderson31,1272.409
1976Jimmy Carter615,71752.75Gerald Ford531,85245.57-9
1972Richard Nixon676,44663.37George McGovern371,15934.77-9
1968Richard Nixon462,41143.79Hubert Humphrey397,54137.65George Wallace193,09818.299
1964Lyndon B. Johnson669,65964.01Barry Goldwater372,97735.65-9
1960John F. Kennedy521,85546.41Richard Nixon602,60753.59-10
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower572,19254.30Adlai Stevenson II476,45345.21T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 3]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower495,02949.84Adlai Stevenson II495,72949.91-10
1948Harry S. Truman466,75656.74Thomas E. Dewey341,21041.48Strom Thurmond10,4111.2711
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt472,58954.45Thomas E. Dewey392,44845.22-11
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt557,22257.44Wendell Willkie410,38442.30-11
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt541,94458.51Alf Landon369,70239.92-11
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt580,57459.06Herbert Hoover394,71640.15-11
1928Herbert Hoover558,06459.33Al Smith381,07040.51-13
1924Calvin Coolidge398,96648.93John W. Davis374,85545.98Robert M. La Follette Sr.38,4654.7213
1920Warren G. Harding452,48049.25James M. Cox456,49749.69-13
1916Woodrow Wilson269,99051.91Charles E. Hughes241,85446.50-13
1912Woodrow Wilson219,48448.48Theodore Roosevelt101,76622.48William H. Taft115,51025.5213
1908William H. Taft235,71148.03William Jennings Bryan244,09249.74-13
1904Theodore Roosevelt205,45747.13Alton B. Parker217,17049.82-13
1900William McKinley227,13248.51William Jennings Bryan235,12650.21-13
1896William McKinley218,17148.93William Jennings Bryan217,89448.86-13Electoral vote split twelve to one.
1892Grover Cleveland175,46151.48Benjamin Harrison135,46239.74James B. Weaver23,5006.8913
1888Benjamin Harrison155,13844.98Grover Cleveland183,83053.30-13
1884Grover Cleveland152,96155.32James G. Blaine118,69042.93-13
1880James A. Garfield106,49039.87Winfield S. Hancock148,87555.74James B. Weaver11,5064.3112
1876Rutherford B. Hayes97,56837.44Samuel J. Tilden 160,06061.41-12
1872Ulysses S. Grant88,76646.44Horace Greeley99,99552.32-12
1868Ulysses S. Grant39,56625.5Horatio Seymour115,88974.5-11
1864Abraham Lincoln27,78730.2George B. McClellan64,30169.8-11

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 1,364 0.9 Stephen A. Douglas 25,651 17.5 John C. Breckinridge 53,143 36.3 John Bell 66,058 45.2 12

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 2]
Votes Percent Electoral
1856James Buchanan74,64252.54John C. Frémontno ballotsMillard Fillmore67,41647.4612
1852Franklin Pierce53,49448.32Winfield Scott57,42851.44John P. Hale2660.2412
1848Zachary Taylor67,14557.46Lewis Cass49,72042.54Martin Van Burenno ballots12
1844James K. Polk51,98845.91Henry Clay61,24954.09-12
1840William Henry Harrison58,48864.20Martin Van Buren32,61635.80-15
1836Martin Van Buren33,22947.41William Henry Harrison36,86152.59various[lower-alpha 4]15
1832Andrew Jackson36,29245.51Henry Clay43,44954.49William Wirtno ballots15
1828Andrew Jackson39,30855.54John Quincy Adams31,46844.46-14

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 Jackson6,35627.23John Quincy Adamsno ballotsHenry Clay16,98272.77William H. Crawfordno ballots14

Elections from 1792 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all twelve of Kentucky'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.

Year Winner (nationally) Loser (nationally) Electoral
1820James Monroe-12Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816James MonroeRufus King12
1812James MadisonDeWitt Clinton12
1808James MadisonCharles C. Pinckney7
1804Thomas JeffersonCharles C. Pinckney8
1800Thomas JeffersonJohn Adams4
1796John AdamsThomas Jefferson4
1792George Washington-4Washington effectively ran unopposed.


  1. John Bell, 1860; George Washington, 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 Kentucky.
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