United States presidential elections in Rhode Island

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Presidential elections in Rhode Island
Map of the United States with Rhode Island highlighted
No. of elections 57
Voted Democrat 23
Voted Republican 20
Voted Whig 4
Voted Democratic-Republican 5
Voted Federalist 4
Voted other 1[a]
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[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 180,543 38.90 Hillary Clinton 252,525 54.41 - 4
2012 Barack Obama 279,677 62.70 Mitt Romney 157,204 35.24 - 4
2008 Barack Obama 296,571 62.86 John McCain 165,391 35.06 - 4
2004 George W. Bush 169,046 38.67 John Kerry 259,765 59.42 - 4
2000 George W. Bush 130,555 31.91 Al Gore 249,508 60.99 - 4
1996 Bill Clinton 233,050 59.71 Bob Dole 104,683 26.82 Ross Perot 43,723 11.20 4
1992 Bill Clinton 213,299 47.04 George H. W. Bush 131,601 29.02 Ross Perot 105,045 23.16 4
1988 George H. W. Bush 177,761 43.93 Michael Dukakis 225,123 55.64 - 4
1984 Ronald Reagan 212,080 51.66 Walter Mondale 197,106 48.02 - 4
1980 Ronald Reagan 154,793 37.2 Jimmy Carter 198,342 47.67 John B. Anderson 59,819 14.38 4
1976 Jimmy Carter 227,636 55.36 Gerald Ford 181,249 44.08 - 4
1972 Richard Nixon 220,383 53.00 George McGovern 194,645 46.81 - 4
1968 Richard Nixon 122,359 31.78 Hubert Humphrey 246,518 64.03 George Wallace 15,678 4.07 4
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 315,463 80.87 Barry Goldwater 74,615 19.13 - 4
1960 John F. Kennedy 258,032 63.63 Richard Nixon 147,502 36.37 - 4
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 225,819 58.26 Adlai Stevenson II 161,790 41.74 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
- 4
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 210,935 50.89 Adlai Stevenson II 203,293 49.05 - 4
1948 Harry S. Truman 188,736 57.59 Thomas E. Dewey 135,787 41.44 Strom Thurmond - 4
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 175,356 58.59 Thomas E. Dewey 123,487 41.26 - 4
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 182,182 56.73 Wendell Willkie 138,653 43.17 - 4
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 165,238 53.1 Alf Landon 125,031 40.18 - 4
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 146,604 55.08 Herbert Hoover 115,266 43.31 - 4
1928 Herbert Hoover 117,522 49.55 Al Smith 118,973 50.16 - 5
1924 Calvin Coolidge 125,286 59.63 John W. Davis 76,606 36.46 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 7,628 3.63 5
1920 Warren G. Harding 107,463 63.97 James M. Cox 55,062 32.78 - 5
1916 Woodrow Wilson 40,394 46.00 Charles E. Hughes 44,858 51.08 - 5
1912 Woodrow Wilson 30,412 39.04 Theodore Roosevelt 16,878 21.67 William H. Taft 27,703 35.56 5
1908 William H. Taft 43,942 60.76 William Jennings Bryan 24,706 34.16 - 4
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 41,605 60.60 Alton B. Parker 24,839 36.18 - 4
1900 William McKinley 33,784 59.74 William Jennings Bryan 19,812 35.04 - 4
1896 William McKinley 37,437 68.33 William Jennings Bryan 14,459 26.39 - 4
1892 Grover Cleveland 24,336 45.75 Benjamin Harrison 26,975 50.71 James B. Weaver 228 0.43 4
1888 Benjamin Harrison 21,969 53.88 Grover Cleveland 17,530 42.99 - 4
1884 Grover Cleveland 12,391 37.81 James G. Blaine 19,030 58.07 - 4
1880 James A. Garfield 18,195 62.24 Winfield S. Hancock 10,779 36.87 James B. Weaver 236 0.81 4
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 15,787 59.29 Samuel J. Tilden 10,712 40.23 - 4
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 13,665 71.94 Horace Greeley 5,329 28.06 - 4
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 13,017 66.7 Horatio Seymour 6,494 33.3 - 4
1864 Abraham Lincoln 14,349 62.2 George B. McClellan 8,718 37.8 - 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
Votes
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[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan 6,680 33.70 John C. Frémont 11,467 57.85 Millard Fillmore 1,675 8.45 4
1852 Franklin Pierce 8,735 51.37 Winfield Scott 7,626 44.85 John P. Hale 644 3.79 4
1848 Zachary Taylor 6,779 60.77 Lewis Cass 3,646 32.68 Martin Van Buren 730 6.54 4
1844 James K. Polk 4,867 39.58 Henry Clay 7,322 59.55 - 4
1840 William Henry Harrison 5,278 61.22 Martin Van Buren 3,301 38.29 - 4
1836 Martin Van Buren 2,964 52.24 William Henry Harrison 2,710 47.76 various[d] 4
1832 Andrew Jackson 2,126 43.07 Henry Clay 2,810 56.93 William Wirt no ballots 4
1828 Andrew Jackson 820 22.91 John Quincy Adams 2,755 76.96 - 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
Votes
1824 Andrew Jackson no ballots John Quincy Adams 2,145 91.47 Henry Clay no ballots William H. Crawford 200 8.53 4

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
Votes
Notes
1820 James Monroe - 4 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 4
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 4
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 4
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 4
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 4
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 4
1792 George Washington - 4 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 Hugh Lawson White, Daniel Webster, and Willie Person Mangum. None of these candidates appeared on the ballot in Rhode Island.
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