United States presidential elections in Michigan

Presidential elections in Michigan
No. of elections 46
Voted Democrat 16
Voted Republican 28
Voted Whig 1
Voted other 1[lower-alpha 1]
Voted for winning candidate 33
Voted for losing candidate 13

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Michigan, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1837, Michigan 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 Trump2,279,54347.25Hillary Clinton2,268,83947.03-16
2012Barack Obama2,564,56954.21Mitt Romney2,115,25644.71-16
2008Barack Obama2,872,57957.43John McCain2,048,63940.96-17
2004George W. Bush2,313,74647.81John Kerry2,479,18351.23-17
2000George W. Bush1,953,13946.15Al Gore2,170,41851.28-18
1996Bill Clinton1,989,65351.69Bob Dole1,481,21238.48Ross Perot336,6708.7518
1992Bill Clinton1,871,18243.77George H. W. Bush1,554,94036.38Ross Perot824,81319.318
1988George H. W. Bush1,965,48653.57Michael Dukakis1,675,78345.67-20
1984Ronald Reagan2,251,57159.23Walter Mondale1,529,63840.24-20
1980Ronald Reagan1,915,22548.99Jimmy Carter1,661,53242.50John B. Anderson275,2237.0421
1976Jimmy Carter1,696,71446.44Gerald Ford1,893,74251.83-21
1972Richard Nixon1,961,72156.20George McGovern1,459,43541.81-21
1968Richard Nixon1,370,66541.46Hubert Humphrey1,593,08248.18George Wallace331,96810.0421
1964Lyndon B. Johnson2,136,61566.70Barry Goldwater1,060,15233.10-21
1960John F. Kennedy1,687,26950.85Richard Nixon1,620,42848.84-20
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower1,713,64755.63Adlai Stevenson II1,359,89844.15T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 3]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower1,551,52955.44Adlai Stevenson II1,230,65743.97-20
1948Harry S. Truman1,003,44847.57Thomas E. Dewey1,038,59549.23Strom Thurmond-19
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt1,106,89950.19Thomas E. Dewey1,084,42349.18-19
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt1,032,99149.52Wendell Willkie1,039,91749.85-19
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt1,016,79456.33Alf Landon699,73338.76-19
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt871,70052.36Herbert Hoover739,89444.44-19
1928Herbert Hoover965,39670.36Al Smith396,76228.92-15
1924Calvin Coolidge874,63175.37John W. Davis152,35913.13Robert M. La Follette Sr.122,01410.5115
1920Warren G. Harding762,86572.76James M. Cox233,45022.27Parley P. Christensen10,4801.0015
1916Woodrow Wilson286,77544.05Charles E. Hughes339,09752.09-15
1912Woodrow Wilson150,75127.36Theodore Roosevelt214,58438.95William H. Taft152,24427.6315
1908William H. Taft335,58061.93William Jennings Bryan175,77132.44-14
1904Theodore Roosevelt364,95769.51Alton B. Parker135,39225.79-14
1900William McKinley316,26958.10William Jennings Bryan211,68538.89-14
1896William McKinley293,33653.77William Jennings Bryan237,16643.47-14
1892Grover Cleveland201,62443.26Benjamin Harrison222,70847.79James B. Weaver19,9314.2814Electoral vote split 9–5 by Congressional District method.
1888Benjamin Harrison236,38749.73Grover Cleveland213,46944.91-13
1884Grover Cleveland189,36147.20James G. Blaine192,66948.02-13
1880James A. Garfield185,33552.49Winfield S. Hancock131,59737.27James B. Weaver34,8959.8811
1876Rutherford B. Hayes166,90152.41Samuel J. Tilden141,68544.49-11
1872Ulysses S. Grant138,75862.66Horace Greeley78,55135.47-11
1868Ulysses S. Grant128,56357.0Horatio Seymour97,06943.0-8
1864Abraham Lincoln91,13355.1George B. McClellan74,14644.9-8

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 88,481 57.2 Stephen A. Douglas 65,057 42.0 John C. Breckinridge 805 0.5 John Bell 415 0.3 6

Elections prior to 1860

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 2]
Votes Percent Electoral
1856James Buchanan52,13941.52John C. Frémont71,76257.15Millard Fillmore1,6601.326
1852Franklin Pierce41,84250.45Winfield Scott33,86040.83John P. Hale7,2378.736
1848Zachary Taylor23,94736.8Lewis Cass30,74247.24Martin Van Buren10,39315.975
1844James K. Polk27,73749.75Henry Clay24,37543.72-5
1840William Henry Harrison22,93351.71Martin Van Buren21,09647.57-3
1836Martin Van Buren7,12256.22William Henry Harrison5,54543.78various[lower-alpha 4]--3


  1. Theodore Roosevelt, 1912.
  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 Michigan.
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