United States presidential elections in Virginia

Presidential elections in Virginia
No. of elections 56
Voted Democrat 29
Voted Republican 16
Voted Democratic-Republican 8
Voted other 3[lower-alpha 1]
Voted for winning candidate 39
Voted for losing candidate 17

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Virginia, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1788, Virginia has participated in every U.S. presidential election except the election of 1864 during the American Civil War, when the state had seceded to join the Confederacy, and the election of 1868, when the state was undergoing Reconstruction.

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 Trump1,769,44344.43Hillary Clinton1,981,47349.75-13
2012Barack Obama1,971,82051.16Mitt Romney1,822,52247.28-13
2008Barack Obama1,959,53252.63John McCain1,725,00546.33-13
2004George W. Bush1,716,95953.68John Kerry1,454,74245.48-13
2000George W. Bush1,437,49052.47Al Gore1,217,29044.44-13
1996Bill Clinton1,091,06045.15Bob Dole1,138,35047.1Ross Perot159,8616.6213
1992Bill Clinton1,038,65040.59George H. W. Bush1,150,51744.97Ross Perot348,63913.6313
1988George H. W. Bush1,309,16259.74Michael Dukakis859,79939.23-12
1984Ronald Reagan1,337,07862.29Walter Mondale796,25037.09-12
1980Ronald Reagan989,60953.03Jimmy Carter752,17440.31John B. Anderson95,4185.1112
1976Jimmy Carter813,89647.96Gerald Ford836,55449.29-12
1972Richard Nixon988,49367.84George McGovern438,88730.12-12electoral vote split: 11 to Nixon, 1 to John Hospers (faithless elector)
1968Richard Nixon590,31943.36Hubert Humphrey442,38732.49George Wallace321,83323.6412
1964Lyndon B. Johnson558,03853.54Barry Goldwater481,33446.18-12
1960John F. Kennedy362,32746.97Richard Nixon404,52152.44-12
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower386,45955.37Adlai Stevenson II267,76038.36T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[lower-alpha 3]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower349,03756.32Adlai Stevenson II268,67743.36-12
1948Harry S. Truman200,78647.89Thomas E. Dewey172,07041.04Strom Thurmond43,39310.3511
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt242,27662.36Thomas E. Dewey145,24337.39-11
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt235,96168.08Wendell Willkie109,36331.55-11
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt234,98070.23Alf Landon98,33629.39-11
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt203,97968.46Herbert Hoover89,63730.09-11
1928Herbert Hoover164,60953.91Al Smith140,14645.90-12
1924Calvin Coolidge73,31232.79John W. Davis139,71662.48Robert M. La Follette Sr.10,3774.6412
1920Warren G. Harding87,45637.85James M. Cox141,67061.32Parley P. Christensen2430.1112
1916Woodrow Wilson101,84066.99Charles E. Hughes48,38431.83-12
1912Woodrow Wilson90,33265.95Theodore Roosevelt21,77615.90William H. Taft23,28817.0012
1908William H. Taft52,57238.36William Jennings Bryan82,94660.52-12
1904Theodore Roosevelt48,18036.95Alton B. Parker80,64961.84-12
1900William McKinley115,76943.82William Jennings Bryan146,07955.29-12
1896William McKinley135,37945.94William Jennings Bryan154,70852.50-12
1892Grover Cleveland164,13656.17Benjamin Harrison113,09838.70James B. Weaver12,2754.2012
1888Benjamin Harrison150,39949.46Grover Cleveland152,00449.99-12
1884Grover Cleveland145,49151.05James G. Blaine139,35648.90-12
1880James A. Garfield83,53339.47Winfield S. Hancock128,08360.53-11
1876Rutherford B. Hayes95,51840.42Samuel J. Tilden140,77059.58-11
1872Ulysses S. Grant93,46350.47Horace Greeley91,64749.49-11
1868Ulysses S. GrantHoratio Seymour-No vote due to status of Reconstruction.
1864Abraham LincolnGeorge B. McClellan-No vote due to secession.

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 1,887 1.1 Stephen A. Douglas 16,198 9.7 John C. Breckinridge 74,325 44.5 John Bell 74,481 44.6 15

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[lower-alpha 2]
Votes Percent Electoral
1856James Buchanan90,08359.96John C. Frémontno ballotsMillard Fillmore60,15040.0415
1852Franklin Pierce73,87255.71Winfield Scott58,73244.29John P. Haleno ballots15
1848Zachary Taylor45,26549.20Lewis Cass46,73950.80Martin Van Burenno ballots17
1844James K. Polk50,67953.05Henry Clay44,86046.95-17
1840William Henry Harrison42,63749.35Martin Van Buren43,75750.65-23
1836Martin Van Buren30,55656.64Hugh Lawson White23,38443.35various[lower-alpha 4]23
1832Andrew Jackson34,24374.96Henry Clay11,43625.03William Wirt30.0123
1828Andrew Jackson26,85468.99John Quincy Adams12,07031.01-24

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 Jackson2,97519.35John Quincy Adams3,41922.24Henry Clay4192.73William H. Crawford8,55855.6824

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 25 of Virginia'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-25Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816James MonroeRufus King25
1812James MadisonDeWitt Clinton25
1808James MadisonCharles C. Pinckney24
1804Thomas JeffersonCharles C. Pinckney24
1800Thomas JeffersonJohn Adams21
1796John AdamsThomas Jefferson21Electoral vote split, twenty for Jefferson, one for Adams.
1792George Washington-21Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89George Washington-10Washington effectively ran unopposed.


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