United States presidential elections in Tennessee

Presidential elections in Tennessee
No. of elections 55
Voted Democrat 25
Voted Republican 17
Voted Whig 5
Voted Democratic-Republican 7
Voted other 1[lower-alpha 1]
Voted for winning candidate 37
Voted for losing candidate 17

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Tennessee, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1796, Tennessee has participated in every U.S. presidential election except the election of 1864, during the American Civil War. At that time, Tennessee was controlled by the Union and held elections, but electors were not ultimately counted.

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 Trump1,522,92560.72Hillary Clinton870,69534.72-11
2012Barack Obama960,70939.08Mitt Romney1,462,33059.48-11
2008Barack Obama1,087,43741.83John McCain1,479,17856.90-11
2004George W. Bush1,384,37556.80John Kerry1,036,47742.53-11
2000George W. Bush1,061,94951.15Al Gore981,72047.28-11
1996Bill Clinton909,14648.00Bob Dole863,53045.59Ross Perot105,9185.5911
1992Bill Clinton933,52147.08George H. W. Bush841,30042.43Ross Perot199,96810.0911
1988George H. W. Bush947,23357.89Michael Dukakis679,79441.55-11
1984Ronald Reagan990,21257.84Walter Mondale711,71441.57-11
1980Ronald Reagan787,76148.70Jimmy Carter783,05148.41John B. Anderson35,9912.2210
1976Jimmy Carter825,87955.94Gerald Ford633,96942.94-10
1972Richard Nixon813,14767.70George McGovern357,29329.75-10
1968Richard Nixon472,59237.85Hubert Humphrey351,23328.13George Wallace424,79234.0211
1964Lyndon B. Johnson634,94755.50Barry Goldwater508,96544.49-11
1960John F. Kennedy481,45345.77Richard Nixon556,57752.92-11
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower462,28849.21Adlai Stevenson II456,50748.60T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 3]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower446,14749.99Adlai Stevenson II443,71049.71-11
1948Harry S. Truman270,40249.14Thomas E. Dewey202,91436.87Strom Thurmond73,81513.4112Electoral vote split: 11 for Truman, 1 for Thurmond (faithless elector).
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt308,70760.45Thomas E. Dewey200,31139.22-12
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt351,60167.25Wendell Willkie169,15332.35-11
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt328,08368.85Alf Landon146,52030.75-11
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt259,47366.49Herbert Hoover126,75232.48-11
1928Herbert Hoover195,38853.76Al Smith167,34346.04-12
1924Calvin Coolidge130,88243.59John W. Davis158,53752.8Robert M. La Follette Sr.10,6563.5512
1920Warren G. Harding219,82951.29James M. Cox206,55848.19-12
1916Woodrow Wilson153,28056.31Charles E. Hughes116,22342.70-12
1912Woodrow Wilson133,02152.80Theodore Roosevelt54,04121.45William H. Taft60,47524.0012
1908William H. Taft117,97745.87William Jennings Bryan135,60852.73-12
1904Theodore Roosevelt105,36343.40Alton B. Parker131,65354.23-12
1900William McKinley123,10844.95William Jennings Bryan145,24053.03-12
1896William McKinley148,68346.33William Jennings Bryan167,16852.09-12
1892Grover Cleveland136,46851.36Benjamin Harrison100,53737.83James B. Weaver23,9189.0012
1888Benjamin Harrison138,97845.76Grover Cleveland158,69952.26-12
1884Grover Cleveland133,77051.45James G. Blaine124,10147.74-12
1880James A. Garfield107,67744.26Winfield S. Hancock129,56953.26James B. Weaver6,0172.4712
1876Rutherford B. Hayes89,56640.21Samuel J. Tilden133,17759.79-12
1872Ulysses S. Grant85,65547.84Horace Greeley93,39152.16-12
1868Ulysses S. Grant56,62868.4Horatio Seymour26,12931.6-10
1864Abraham LincolnGeorge B. McClellan-Under Union control by 1864 and held elections, but electors were not ultimately counted.

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 no ballots Stephen A. Douglas 11,281 7.7 John C. Breckinridge 65,097 44.6 John Bell 69,728 47.7 12

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 2]
Votes Percent Electoral
1856James Buchanan69,70452.18John C. Frémontno ballotsMillard Fillmore63,87847.8212
1852Franklin Pierce56,90049.27Winfield Scott58,58650.73John P. Haleno ballots12
1848Zachary Taylor64,32152.52Lewis Cass58,14247.48Martin Van Burenno ballots13
1844James K. Polk59,91749.95Henry Clay60,04050.05-13
1840William Henry Harrison60,19455.66Martin Van Buren47,95144.34-15
1836Martin Van Buren26,17042.08Hugh Lawson White36,02757.92various[lower-alpha 4]15
1832Andrew Jackson28,07895.42Henry Clay1,3474.58William Wirtno ballots15
1828Andrew Jackson44,29395.19John Quincy Adams2,2404.81-11

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 Jackson20,19797.45John Quincy Adams2161.04Henry Clayno ballotsWilliam H. Crawford3121.5111

Elections of from 1796 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all eight of Tennessee’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-7Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816James MonroeRufus King8
1812James MadisonDeWitt Clinton8
1808James MadisonCharles C. Pinckney5
1804Thomas JeffersonCharles C. Pinckney5
1800Thomas JeffersonJohn Adams3
1796John AdamsThomas Jefferson3


  1. John Bell, 1860.
  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, Daniel Webster, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in Tennessee.
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