United States presidential elections in Arkansas

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Presidential elections in Arkansas
Map of the United States with Arkansas highlighted
No. of elections45
Voted Democrat33
Voted Republican11
Voted other1[a]
Voted for winning candidate29
Voted for losing candidate16

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Arkansas, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1836, Arkansas 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

YearWinner (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentOther national
2016Donald Trump684,87260.57Hillary Clinton380,49433.65-6
2012Barack Obama394,40936.88Mitt Romney647,74460.57-6
2008Barack Obama422,31038.86John McCain638,01758.72-6
2004George W. Bush572,89854.31John Kerry469,95344.55-6
2000George W. Bush472,94051.31Al Gore422,76845.86-6
1996Bill Clinton475,17153.74Bob Dole325,41636.80Ross Perot69,8847.96
1992Bill Clinton505,82353.21George H. W. Bush337,32435.48Ross Perot99,13210.436
1988George H. W. Bush466,57856.37Michael Dukakis349,23742.19-6
1984Ronald Reagan534,77460.47Walter Mondale338,64638.29-6
1980Ronald Reagan403,16448.13Jimmy Carter398,04147.52John B. Anderson22,4682.686
1976Jimmy Carter499,61464.94Gerald Ford268,75334.93-6
1972Richard Nixon445,75168.82George McGovern198,89930.71-6
1968Richard Nixon189,06231.01Hubert Humphrey184,90130.33George Wallace235,62738.656
1964Lyndon B. Johnson314,19756.06Barry Goldwater243,26443.41-6
1960John F. Kennedy215,04950.19Richard Nixon184,50843.06-8
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower186,28745.82Adlai Stevenson II213,27752.46T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower177,15543.76Adlai Stevenson II226,30055.90-8
1948Harry S. Truman149,65961.72Thomas E. Dewey50,95921.02Strom Thurmond40,06816.529
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt148,96569.95Thomas E. Dewey63,55129.84-9
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt158,62279.02Wendell Willkie42,12120.98-9
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt146,76581.80Alf Landon32,03917.86-9
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt189,60285.96Herbert Hoover28,46712.91-9
1928Herbert Hoover77,75139.33Al Smith119,19660.29-9
1924Calvin Coolidge40,56429.28John W. Davis84,79561.21Robert M. La Follette Sr.13,1739.519
1920Warren G. Harding71,11738.73James M. Cox107,40958.49-9
1916Woodrow Wilson112,21165.97Charles E. Hughes48,87928.73-9
1912Woodrow Wilson68,81455.01Theodore Roosevelt21,64417.30William H. Taft25,58520.459
1908William H. Taft56,62437.30William Jennings Bryan87,01557.31-5,8423.859
1904Theodore Roosevelt46,86040.25Alton B. Parker64,43455.35-9
1900William McKinley44,80035.04William Jennings Bryan81,14263.46-8
1896William McKinley37,51225.12William Jennings Bryan110,10373.72-8
1892Grover Cleveland87,83459.30Benjamin Harrison47,07231.78James B. Weaver11,8317.998
1888Benjamin Harrison59,75238.04Grover Cleveland86,06254.80--7
1884Grover Cleveland72,73457.83James G. Blaine51,19840.70-7
1880James A. Garfield41,66138.66Winfield S. Hancock60,48956.13James B. Weaver4,0793.786
1876Rutherford B. Hayes58,08659.92Samuel J. Tilden38,64939.87-6
1872Ulysses S. Grant41,37352.17Horace Greeley37,92747.83-6
1868Ulysses S. Grant22,11253.7Horatio Seymour19,07846.3-5
1864Abraham Lincolnn/an/aGeorge B. McClellann/an/a-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.

YearWinner (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentElectoral
1860Abraham Lincolnno ballotsStephen A. Douglas5,3579.9John C. Breckinridge28,73253.1John Bell20,06337.04

Elections prior to 1860

YearWinner (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentOther national
1856James Buchanan21,91067.12John C. Frémontno ballots-Millard Fillmore10,73232.884
1852Franklin Pierce12,17362.18Winfield Scott7,40437.82John P. Haleno ballots4
1848Zachary Taylor7,58744.93Lewis Cass9,30155.07Martin Van Burenno ballots3
1844James K. Polk9,54663.01Henry Clay5,60436.99-3
1840William Henry Harrison5,16043.58Martin Van Buren6,67956.42-3
1836Martin Van Buren2,38064.08Hugh Lawson White1,33435.92various[d]3


  1. ^ George Wallace in 1968
  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 Arkansas.
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