United States presidential elections in Maine

Presidential elections in Maine
No. of elections 50
Voted Democrat 17
Voted Republican 30
Voted Whig 1
Voted Democratic-Republican 2
Voted other 0
Voted for winning candidate 31
Voted for losing candidate 19

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Maine, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1820, Maine has participated in every U.S. presidential election. Prior to 1820, much of the territory currently comprising the state of Maine was part of the state of Massachusetts, and citizens residing in that area have thus been able to participate in every U.S. election. Since 1972 Maine has split its Electoral votes between its two congressional districts.[1]

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
Votes
Notes
2016Donald Trump335,59344.87Hillary Clinton357,73547.83-4Electoral vote split, three for Clinton, one for Trump.
2012Barack Obama401,30656.27Mitt Romney292,27640.98-4
2008Barack Obama421,92357.71John McCain295,27340.38-4
2004George W. Bush330,20144.58John Kerry396,84253.57-4
2000George W. Bush286,61643.97Al Gore319,95149.09-4
1996Bill Clinton312,78851.62Bob Dole186,37830.76Ross Perot85,97014.194
1992Bill Clinton263,42038.77George H. W. Bush206,50430.39Ross Perot206,82030.444
1988George H. W. Bush307,13155.34Michael Dukakis243,56943.88-4
1984Ronald Reagan336,50060.83Walter Mondale214,51538.78-4
1980Ronald Reagan238,52245.61Jimmy Carter220,97442.25John B. Anderson53,32710.24
1976Jimmy Carter232,27948.07Gerald Ford236,32048.91-4
1972Richard Nixon256,45861.46George McGovern160,58438.48-4
1968Richard Nixon169,25443.07Hubert Humphrey217,31255.3George Wallace6,3701.624
1964Lyndon B. Johnson262,26468.84Barry Goldwater118,70131.16-4
1960John F. Kennedy181,15942.95Richard Nixon240,60857.05-5
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower249,23870.87Adlai Stevenson II102,46829.13T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 2]
-5
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower232,35366.05Adlai Stevenson II118,80633.77-5
1948Harry S. Truman111,91642.27Thomas E. Dewey150,23456.74Strom Thurmond-5
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt140,63147.45Thomas E. Dewey155,43452.44-5
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt156,47848.77Wendell Willkie163,95151.1-5
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt126,33341.52Alf Landon168,82355.49-5
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt128,90743.19Herbert Hoover166,63155.83-5
1928Herbert Hoover179,92368.63Al Smith81,17930.96-6
1924Calvin Coolidge138,44072.03John W. Davis41,96421.83Robert M. La Follette Sr.11,3825.926
1920Warren G. Harding136,35568.92James M. Cox58,96129.8-6
1916Woodrow Wilson64,03346.97Charles E. Hughes69,50850.99-6
1912Woodrow Wilson51,11339.43Theodore Roosevelt48,49537.41William H. Taft26,54520.486
1908William H. Taft66,98763William Jennings Bryan35,40333.29-6
1904Theodore Roosevelt65,43267.44Alton B. Parker27,64228.49-6
1900William McKinley65,41261.89William Jennings Bryan36,82234.84-6
1896William McKinley80,40367.9William Jennings Bryan34,58729.21-6
1892Grover Cleveland48,04941.26Benjamin Harrison62,93654.05James B. Weaver2,3962.066
1888Benjamin Harrison73,73057.49Grover Cleveland50,47239.35-6
1884Grover Cleveland52,15339.97James G. Blaine72,21755.34-6
1880James A. Garfield74,05251.46Winfield S. Hancock65,21145.32James B. Weaver4,4093.067
1876Rutherford B. Hayes66,30056.64Samuel J. Tilden49,91742.65-7
1872Ulysses S. Grant61,42667.86Horace Greeley29,09732.14-7
1868Ulysses S. Grant70,50262.4Horatio Seymour42,46037.6-7
1864Abraham Lincoln67,80559.1George B. McClellan46,99240.9-7

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 62,811 62.2 Stephen A. Douglas 29,693 29.4 John C. Breckinridge 6,368 6.3 John Bell 2,046 2.0 8

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 1]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856James Buchanan39,14035.68John C. Frémont67,27961.34Millard Fillmore3,2702.988
1852Franklin Pierce41,60950.63Winfield Scott32,54339.6John P. Hale8,0309.778
1848Zachary Taylor35,27340.25Lewis Cass40,19545.87Martin Van Buren12,15713.879
1844James K. Polk45,71953.83Henry Clay34,37840.48-9
1840William Henry Harrison46,61250.23Martin Van Buren46,19049.77-10
1836Martin Van Buren22,82558.92William Henry Harrison14,80338.21various[lower-alpha 3]10
1832Andrew Jackson33,97854.67Henry Clay27,33143.97William Wirt8441.3610
1828Andrew Jackson13,92740.03John Quincy Adams20,77359.71-9Electoral vote split 8 to 1.

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
1824 Andrew Jackson no ballots John Quincy Adams 10,289 81.50 Henry Clay no ballots William H. Crawford 2,336 18.50 9

Election of 1820

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

References

  1. 270 to Win; Maine

Notes

  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 Maine.
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