United States presidential elections in Rhode Island

Presidential elections in Rhode Island
No. of elections 57
Voted Democrat 23
Voted Republican 20
Voted Whig 4
Voted Democratic-Republican 5
Voted Federalist 4
Voted other 1[lower-alpha 1]
Voted for winning candidate 39
Voted for losing candidate 18

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Rhode Island, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1790, Rhode Island 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 Trump180,54338.90Hillary Clinton252,52554.41-4
2012Barack Obama279,67762.70Mitt Romney157,20435.24-4
2008Barack Obama296,57162.86John McCain165,39135.06-4
2004George W. Bush169,04638.67John Kerry259,76559.42-4
2000George W. Bush130,55531.91Al Gore249,50860.99-4
1996Bill Clinton233,05059.71Bob Dole104,68326.82Ross Perot43,72311.204
1992Bill Clinton213,29947.04George H. W. Bush131,60129.02Ross Perot105,04523.164
1988George H. W. Bush177,76143.93Michael Dukakis225,12355.64-4
1984Ronald Reagan212,08051.66Walter Mondale197,10648.02-4
1980Ronald Reagan154,79337.2Jimmy Carter198,34247.67John B. Anderson59,81914.384
1976Jimmy Carter227,63655.36Gerald Ford181,24944.08-4
1972Richard Nixon220,38353.00George McGovern194,64546.81-4
1968Richard Nixon122,35931.78Hubert Humphrey246,51864.03George Wallace15,6784.074
1964Lyndon B. Johnson315,46380.87Barry Goldwater74,61519.13-4
1960John F. Kennedy258,03263.63Richard Nixon147,50236.37-4
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower225,81958.26Adlai Stevenson II161,79041.74T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 3]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower210,93550.89Adlai Stevenson II203,29349.05-4
1948Harry S. Truman188,73657.59Thomas E. Dewey135,78741.44Strom Thurmond-4
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt175,35658.59Thomas E. Dewey123,48741.26-4
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt182,18256.73Wendell Willkie138,65343.17-4
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt165,23853.1Alf Landon125,03140.18-4
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt146,60455.08Herbert Hoover115,26643.31-4
1928Herbert Hoover117,52249.55Al Smith118,97350.16-5
1924Calvin Coolidge125,28659.63John W. Davis76,60636.46Robert M. La Follette Sr.7,6283.635
1920Warren G. Harding107,46363.97James M. Cox55,06232.78-5
1916Woodrow Wilson40,39446.00Charles E. Hughes44,85851.08-5
1912Woodrow Wilson30,41239.04Theodore Roosevelt16,87821.67William H. Taft27,70335.565
1908William H. Taft43,94260.76William Jennings Bryan24,70634.16-4
1904Theodore Roosevelt41,60560.60Alton B. Parker24,83936.18-4
1900William McKinley 33,78459.74William Jennings Bryan19,81235.04-4
1896William McKinley 37,43768.33William Jennings Bryan14,45926.39-4
1892Grover Cleveland24,33645.75Benjamin Harrison26,97550.71James B. Weaver2280.434
1888Benjamin Harrison21,96953.88Grover Cleveland17,53042.99-4
1884Grover Cleveland12,39137.81James G. Blaine19,03058.07-4
1880James A. Garfield18,19562.24Winfield S. Hancock10,77936.87James B. Weaver2360.814
1876Rutherford B. Hayes15,78759.29Samuel J. Tilden10,71240.23-4
1872Ulysses S. Grant13,66571.94Horace Greeley5,32928.06-4
1868Ulysses S. Grant13,01766.7Horatio Seymour6,49433.3-4
1864Abraham Lincoln14,34962.2George B. McClellan8,71837.8-4

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 12,244 61.4 Stephen A. Douglas 7,707 38.6 John C. Breckinridge no ballots John Bell no ballots 4

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 2]
Votes Percent Electoral
1856James Buchanan6,68033.70John C. Frémont11,46757.85Millard Fillmore1,6758.454
1852Franklin Pierce8,73551.37Winfield Scott7,62644.85John P. Hale6443.794
1848Zachary Taylor6,77960.77Lewis Cass3,64632.68Martin Van Buren7306.544
1844James K. Polk4,86739.58Henry Clay7,32259.55-4
1840William Henry Harrison5,27861.22Martin Van Buren3,30138.29-4
1836Martin Van Buren2,96452.24William Henry Harrison2,71047.76various[lower-alpha 4]4
1832Andrew Jackson2,12643.07Henry Clay2,81056.93William Wirtno ballots4
1828Andrew Jackson82022.91John Quincy Adams2,75576.96-4

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 Adams2,14591.47Henry Clayno ballotsWilliam H. Crawford2008.534

Elections from 1792 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 4 of Rhode Island'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-4Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816James MonroeRufus King4
1812James MadisonDeWitt Clinton4
1808James MadisonCharles C. Pinckney4
1804Thomas JeffersonCharles C. Pinckney4
1800Thomas JeffersonJohn Adams4
1796John AdamsThomas Jefferson4
1792George Washington-4Washington effectively ran unopposed.


  1. 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 Rhode Island.
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