United States presidential elections in South Dakota

Presidential elections in South Dakota
No. of elections 32
Voted Democrat 4
Voted Republican 27
Voted other 1[lower-alpha 1]
Voted for winning candidate 18
Voted for losing candidate 14

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in South Dakota, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1889, South Dakota has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 2]
Votes Percent Electoral
2016Donald Trump227,72161.53Hillary Clinton117,45831.74-3
2012Barack Obama145,03939.87Mitt Romney210,61057.89-3
2008Barack Obama170,92444.75John McCain203,05453.16-3
2004George W. Bush232,58459.91John Kerry149,24438.44-3
2000George W. Bush190,70060.30Al Gore118,80437.56-3
1996Bill Clinton139,33343.03Bob Dole150,54346.49Ross Perot31,2509.653
1992Bill Clinton124,88837.14George H. W. Bush136,71840.66Ross Perot73,29521.803
1988George H. W. Bush165,41552.85Michael Dukakis145,56046.51-3
1984Ronald Reagan200,26763.00Walter Mondale116,11336.53-3
1980Ronald Reagan198,34360.53Jimmy Carter103,85531.69John B. Anderson21,4316.544
1976Jimmy Carter147,06848.91Gerald Ford151,50550.39-4
1972Richard Nixon166,47654.15George McGovern139,94545.52-4
1968Richard Nixon149,84153.27Hubert Humphrey118,02341.96George Wallace13,4004.764
1964Lyndon B. Johnson163,01055.61Barry Goldwater130,10844.39-4
1960John F. Kennedy128,07041.79Richard Nixon178,41758.21-4
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower171,56958.39Adlai Stevenson II122,28841.61T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 3]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower203,85769.27Adlai Stevenson II90,42630.73-4
1948Harry S. Truman117,65347.04Thomas E. Dewey129,65151.84Strom Thurmond-4
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt96,71141.67Thomas E. Dewey135,36558.33-4
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt131,36242.59Wendell Willkie177,06557.41-4
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt160,13754.02Alf Landon125,97742.49-4
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt183,51563.62Herbert Hoover99,21234.40-4
1928Herbert Hoover157,60360.18Al Smith102,66039.20-5
1924Calvin Coolidge101,29949.69John W. Davis27,21413.35Robert M. La Follette Sr.75,35536.965
1920Warren G. Harding110,69260.74James M. Cox35,93819.72Parley P. Christensen34,70719.045
1916Woodrow Wilson59,19145.91Charles E. Hughes64,21749.80-5
1912Woodrow Wilson48,94242.07Theodore Roosevelt58,81150.56William H. Taft--5
1908William H. Taft67,53658.84William Jennings Bryan40,26635.08-4
1904Theodore Roosevelt72,08371.09Alton B. Parker21,96921.67-4
1900William McKinley54,53056.73William Jennings Bryan39,54441.14-4
1896William McKinley41,04249.48William Jennings Bryan41,22549.70-4
1892Grover Cleveland9,08112.88Benjamin Harrison34,88849.48James B. Weaver26,54437.644


  1. Theodore Roosevelt, 1912.
  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
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