United States presidential elections in North Carolina

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Presidential elections in North Carolina
Map of the United States with North Carolina highlighted
No. of elections 56
Voted Democrat 30
Voted Republican 15
Voted Whig 3
Voted Democratic-Republican 7
Voted other 1[a]
Voted for winning candidate 39
Voted for losing candidate 17

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in North Carolina, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1789, North Carolina 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.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Elections from 1864 to present

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 2,362,631 49.83 Hillary Clinton 2,189,316 46.17% - 15
2012 Barack Obama 2,178,391 48.35 Mitt Romney 2,270,395 50.39 - 15
2008 Barack Obama 2,142,651 49.70 John McCain 2,128,474 49.38 - 15
2004 George W. Bush 1,961,166 56.02 John Kerry 1,525,849 43.58 - 15
2000 George W. Bush 1,631,163 56.03 Al Gore 1,257,692 43.2 - 14
1996 Bill Clinton 1,107,849 44.04 Bob Dole 1,225,938 48.73 Ross Perot 168,059 6.68 14
1992 Bill Clinton 1,114,042 42.65 George H. W. Bush 1,134,661 43.44 Ross Perot 357,864 13.7 14
1988 George H. W. Bush 1,237,258 57.97 Michael Dukakis 890,167 41.71 - 13
1984 Ronald Reagan 1,346,481 61.90 Walter Mondale 824,287 37.89 - 13
1980 Ronald Reagan 915,018 49.30 Jimmy Carter 875,635 47.18 John B. Anderson 52,800 2.85 13
1976 Jimmy Carter 927,365 55.27 Gerald Ford 741,960 44.22 - 13
1972 Richard Nixon 1,054,889 69.46 George McGovern 438,705 28.89 - 13
1968 Richard Nixon 627,192 39.51 Hubert Humphrey 464,113 29.24 George Wallace 496,188 31.26 13 electoral vote split: 12 to Nixon, 1 to Wallace (faithless elector)
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 800,139 56.15 Barry Goldwater 624,844 43.85 - 13
1960 John F. Kennedy 713,136 52.11 Richard Nixon 655,420 47.89 - 14
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 575,062 49.34 Adlai Stevenson II 590,530 50.66 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 14
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 558,107 46.09 Adlai Stevenson II 652,803 53.91 - 14
1948 Harry S. Truman 459,070 58.02 Thomas E. Dewey 258,572 32.68 Strom Thurmond 69,652 8.8 14
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 527,399 66.71 Thomas E. Dewey 263,155 33.29 - 14
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 609,015 74.03 Wendell Willkie 213,633 25.97 - 13
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 616,141 73.40 Alf Landon 223,283 26.6 - 13
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 497,566 69.93 Herbert Hoover 208,344 29.28 - 13
1928 Herbert Hoover 348,923 54.94 Al Smith 286,227 45.06 - 12
1924 Calvin Coolidge 191,753 39.73 John W. Davis 284,270 58.89 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 6,651 1.38 12
1920 Warren G. Harding 232,848 43.22 James M. Cox 305,447 56.70 - 12
1916 Woodrow Wilson 168,383 58.10 Charles E. Hughes 120,890 41.71 - 12
1912 Woodrow Wilson 144,407 59.24 Theodore Roosevelt 69,135 28.36 William H. Taft 29,129 11.95 12
1908 William H. Taft 114,887 45.49 William Jennings Bryan 136,928 54.22 - 12
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 82,442 39.67 Alton B. Parker 124,091 59.71 - 12
1900 William McKinley 132,997 45.47 William Jennings Bryan 157,733 53.92 - 11
1896 William McKinley 155,122 46.82 William Jennings Bryan 174,408 52.64 - 11
1892 Grover Cleveland 132,951 47.44 Benjamin Harrison 100,346 35.8 James B. Weaver 44,336 15.82 11
1888 Benjamin Harrison 134,784 47.20 Grover Cleveland 147,902 51.79 - 11
1884 Grover Cleveland 142,905 53.25 James G. Blaine 125,021 46.59 - 11
1880 James A. Garfield 115,616 47.98 Winfield S. Hancock 124,204 51.55 James B. Weaver 1,126 0.47 10
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 108,484 46.38 Samuel J. Tilden 125,427 53.62 - 10
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 94,772 57.38 Horace Greeley 70,130 42.46 - 10
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 96,939 53.4 Horatio Seymour 84,559 46.6 - 9
1864 Abraham Lincoln No vote due to secession. George B. McClellan - 9

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
Votes
1860 Abraham Lincoln no ballots Stephen A. Douglas 2,737 2.8 John C. Breckinridge 48,846 50.5 John Bell 45,129 46.7 10

Elections from 1828 to 1856

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan 48,243 56.78 John C. Frémont no ballots Millard Fillmore 36,720 43.22 10
1852 Franklin Pierce 39,778 50.43 Winfield Scott 39,043 49.49 John P. Hale no ballots 10
1848 Zachary Taylor 44,054 55.17 Lewis Cass 35,772 44.80 Martin Van Buren no ballots 11
1844 James K. Polk 39,287 47.61 Henry Clay 43,232 52.39 - 11
1840 William Henry Harrison 46,567 57.68 Martin Van Buren 34,168 42.32 - 15
1836 Martin Van Buren 26,631 53.1 Hugh Lawson White 23,521 46.9 various[d] no ballots 15
1832 Andrew Jackson 25,261 84.77 Henry Clay 4,538 15.23 William Wirt no ballots 15
1828 Andrew Jackson 37,814 73.07 John Quincy Adams 13,918 26.90 - 15

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
Votes
1824 Andrew Jackson 20,231 56.03 John Quincy Adams no ballots Henry Clay no ballots William H. Crawford 15,622 43.26 15

Elections from 1792 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 15 of North Carolina'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
Votes
Notes
1820 James Monroe - 15 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 15
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 15
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 14 Electoral vote split, eleven for Madison, three for Pinckney.
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 14
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 12 Electoral vote split, eight for Jefferson, four for Adams.
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 12 Electoral vote split, eleven for Jefferson, one for Adams.
1792 George Washington - 12 Washington effectively ran unopposed.

Notes

  1. ^ George Washington, 1792.
  2. ^ a b 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 North Carolina.
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