United States presidential elections in Massachusetts

Presidential elections in Massachusetts
No. of elections 58
Voted Democrat 20
Voted Republican 21
Voted Whig 5
Voted Democratic-Republican 5
Voted Federalist 5
Voted other 2[lower-alpha 1]
Voted for winning candidate 37
Voted for losing candidate 21

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Massachusetts, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1788, Massachusetts 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
2016Donald Trump1,090,89332.81Hillary Clinton1,995,19660.01-11
2012Barack Obama1,921,29060.65Mitt Romney1,188,31437.51-11
2008Barack Obama1,904,09761.80John McCain1,108,85435.99-12
2004George W. Bush1,071,10936.78John Kerry1,803,80061.94-12
2000George W. Bush878,50232.50Al Gore1,616,48759.80-12
1996Bill Clinton1,571,76361.47Bob Dole718,10728.09Ross Perot227,2178.8912
1992Bill Clinton1,318,66247.54George H. W. Bush805,04929.03Ross Perot632,31222.812
1988George H. W. Bush1,194,64445.38Michael Dukakis1,401,40653.23-13
1984Ronald Reagan1,310,93651.22Walter Mondale1,239,60648.43-13
1980Ronald Reagan1,057,63141.90Jimmy Carter1,053,80241.75John B. Anderson382,53915.1514
1976Jimmy Carter1,429,47556.11Gerald Ford1,030,27640.44-14
1972Richard Nixon1,112,07845.23George McGovern1,332,54054.20-14
1968Richard Nixon766,84432.89Hubert Humphrey1,469,21863.01George Wallace87,0883.7314
1964Lyndon B. Johnson1,786,42276.19Barry Goldwater549,72723.44-14
1960John F. Kennedy1,487,17460.22Richard Nixon976,75039.55-16
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower1,393,19759.32Adlai Stevenson II948,19040.37T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 3]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower1,292,32554.22Adlai Stevenson II1,083,52545.46-16
1948Harry S. Truman1,151,78854.66Thomas E. Dewey909,37043.16Strom Thurmond-16
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt1,035,29652.80Thomas E. Dewey921,35046.99-16
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt1,076,52253.11Wendell Willkie939,70046.36-17
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt942,71651.22Alf Landon768,61341.76-17
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt800,14850.64Herbert Hoover736,95946.64-17
1928Herbert Hoover775,56649.15Al Smith792,75850.24-18
1924Calvin Coolidge703,47662.26John W. Davis280,83124.86Robert M. La Follette Sr.141,22512.5018
1920Warren G. Harding681,15368.55James M. Cox276,69127.84-18
1916Woodrow Wilson247,88546.61Charles E. Hughes268,78450.54-18
1912Woodrow Wilson173,40835.53Theodore Roosevelt142,22829.14William H. Taft155,94831.9518
1908William H. Taft265,96658.21William Jennings Bryan155,54334.04-16
1904Theodore Roosevelt257,82257.92Alton B. Parker165,74637.24-16
1900William McKinley 238,86657.59William Jennings Bryan156,99737.85-15
1896William McKinley278,97669.47William Jennings Bryan105,71126.32-15
1892Grover Cleveland176,81345.22Benjamin Harrison202,81451.87James B. Weaver3,2100.8215
1888Benjamin Harrison183,89253.42Grover Cleveland151,59044.04-14
1884Grover Cleveland122,35240.33James G. Blaine146,72448.36-14
1880James A. Garfield165,19858.53Winfield S. Hancock111,72039.58James B. Weaver4,5481.6113
1876Rutherford B. Hayes150,06457.80Samuel J. Tilden108,77741.90-13
1872 Ulysses S. Grant133,45569.20Horace Greeley59,19530.69-13
1868Ulysses S. Grant136,37969.80Horatio Seymour59,10330.20-12
1864Abraham Lincoln126,74272.20George B. McClellan48,74527.80-12

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 106,684 62.9 Stephen A. Douglas 34,370 20.3 John C. Breckinridge 6,163 3.6 John Bell 22,331 13.2 13

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 2]
Votes Percent Electoral
1856James Buchanan39,24423.08John C. Frémont108,17263.61Millard Fillmore19,62611.5413
1852Franklin Pierce44,56935.07Winfield Scott52,68341.45John P. Hale28,20322.1913
1848Zachary Taylor61,07245.32Lewis Cass35,28126.18Martin Van Buren38,33328.4512
1844James K. Polk53,03940.17Henry Clay67,06250.79-12
1840William Henry Harrison72,85257.44Martin Van Buren52,35541.28-14
1836Martin Van Buren33,48644.81Daniel Webster1,20155.13various[lower-alpha 4]14
1832Andrew Jackson13,93320.61Henry Clay31,96347.27William Wirt14,69221.7314
1828Andrew Jackson6,01215.39John Quincy Adams29,83676.36-15

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 Jacksonno ballotsJohn Quincy Adams30,68772.97Henry Clayno ballotsWilliam H. Crawfordno ballots15

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all twenty-two of the electoral votes of Massachusetts, 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-15Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816James MonroeRufus King22
1812James MadisonDeWitt Clinton22
1808James MadisonCharles C. Pinckney19
1804Thomas JeffersonCharles C. Pinckney19
1800Thomas JeffersonJohn Adams16
1796John AdamsThomas Jefferson16
1792George Washington-16Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89George Washington-10Washington effectively ran unopposed.


  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 William Henry Harrison, Hugh Lawson White, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in Massachusetts, whose ballot was the only one where Webster appeared.
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