United States presidential elections in Delaware

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Presidential elections in Delaware
Map of the United States with Delaware highlighted
No. of elections58
Voted Democrat22
Voted Republican20
Voted Whig4
Voted Democratic-Republican4
Voted Federalist6
Voted other2[a]
Voted for winning candidate39
Voted for losing candidate19

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Delaware, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1787, Delaware has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Elections from 1864 to present

YearWinner (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentOther national
2016Donald Trump185,12741.71Hillary Clinton235,60353.09-3
2012Barack Obama242,58458.61Mitt Romney165,48439.98-3
2008Barack Obama255,45961.94John McCain152,37436.95-3
2004George W. Bush171,66045.75John Kerry200,15253.35-3
2000George W. Bush137,28841.90Al Gore180,06854.96-3
1996Bill Clinton140,35551.80Bob Dole99,06236.58Ross Perot28,71910.603
1992Bill Clinton126,05443.52George H. W. Bush102,31335.78Ross Perot59,21320.453
1988George H. W. Bush139,63955.88Michael Dukakis108,64743.48-3
1984Ronald Reagan152,19059.78Walter Mondale101,65639.93-3
1980Ronald Reagan111,25247.21Jimmy Carter105,75444.87John B. Anderson16,2886.913
1976Jimmy Carter122,59651.98Gerald Ford109,83146.57-3
1972Richard Nixon140,35759.60George McGovern92,28339.18-3
1968Richard Nixon96,71445.12Hubert Humphrey89,19441.61George Wallace28,45913.283
1964Lyndon B. Johnson122,70460.95Barry Goldwater78,07838.78-3
1960John F. Kennedy99,59050.63Richard Nixon96,37349.00-3
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower98,05755.09Adlai Stevenson II79,42144.62T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower90,05951.75Adlai Stevenson II83,31547.88-3
1948Harry S. Truman67,81348.76Thomas E. Dewey69,58850.04Strom Thurmond-3
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt68,16654.38Thomas E. Dewey56,74745.27-3
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt74,59954.70Wendell Willkie61,44045.05-3
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt69,70254.62Alf Landon57,23644.85-3
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt54,31948.11Herbert Hoover57,07350.55-3
1928Herbert Hoover68,86065.03Al Smith36,64334.60-3
1924Calvin Coolidge52,44157.70John W. Davis33,44536.80Robert M. La Follette Sr.4,9795.483
1920Warren G. Harding52,85855.71James M. Cox39,91142.07Parley P. Christensen930.103
1916Woodrow Wilson24,75347.78Charles E. Hughes26,01150.20-3
1912Woodrow Wilson22,63146.48Theodore Roosevelt8,88618.25William H. Taft15,99832.853
1908William H. Taft25,01452.10William Jennings Bryan22,05545.94-3
1904Theodore Roosevelt23,70554.05Alton B. Parker19,34744.11-3
1900William McKinley22,53553.67William Jennings Bryan18,85244.90-3
1896William McKinley20,45053.18William Jennings Bryan16,57443.10-3
1892Grover Cleveland18,58149.90Benjamin Harrison18,07748.55James B. Weaver--3
1888Benjamin Harrison12,95043.51Grover Cleveland16,41455.15-3
1884Grover Cleveland16,95756.55James G. Blaine12,95343.20-3
1880James A. Garfield14,14848.03Winfield S. Hancock15,18151.53James B. Weaver1290.443
1876Rutherford B. Hayes10,75244.55Samuel J. Tilden13,38155.45-3
1872Ulysses S. Grant11,12951.00Horace Greeley10,20546.76-3
1868Ulysses S. Grant7,61441.0Horatio Seymour10,95759.0-3
1864Abraham Lincoln8,15548.2George B. McClellan8,76751.8-3

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 Lincoln3,82223.7Stephen A. Douglas1,0666.6John C. Breckinridge7,33945.5John Bell3,88824.13

Elections from 1828 to 1856

YearWinner (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentOther national
1856James Buchanan8,00454.83John C. Frémont3102.12Millard Fillmore6,27542.993
1852Franklin Pierce6,31849.85Winfield Scott6,29349.66John P. Hale620.493
1848Zachary Taylor6,44051.80Lewis Cass5,91047.54Martin Van Buren820.663
1844James K. Polk5,97048.75Henry Clay6,27151.20-3
1840William Henry Harrison5,96754.99Martin Van Buren4,87244.89-3
1836Martin Van Buren4,15446.70William Henry Harrison4,73653.24various[d]no ballots3
1832Andrew Jackson4,11049.01Henry Clay4,27650.99William Wirtno ballots3
1828Andrew Jacksonno popular voteJohn Quincy Adamsno popular vote-3

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.

YearWinner (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentLoser (nationally)VotesPercentElectoral
1824Andrew Jacksonno popular vote-John Quincy Adamsno popular vote-Henry Clayno popular vote-William H. Crawfordno popular vote-3Electoral votes split 2 (Crawford) to 1 (Adams).

Elections from 1788-89 to 1820

In the election of 1820, incumbent President James Monroe ran effectively unopposed, winning all 4 of Delaware'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.

In elections from 1792 to 1816, Delaware did not conduct a popular vote. Each Elector was appointed by the state legislature.

YearWinner (nationally)Loser (nationally)Electoral
1820James Monroe-3Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816James MonroeRufus King3
1812James MadisonDeWitt Clinton4
1808James MadisonCharles C. Pinckney3
1804Thomas JeffersonCharles C. Pinckney3
1800Thomas JeffersonJohn Adams3
1796John AdamsThomas Jefferson3
1792George Washington-3Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89George Washington-3Washington effectively ran unopposed.


  1. ^ George Washington, 1788-89, 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 Delaware.
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