1916 United States presidential election in California

1916 United States presidential election in California

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  Woodrow Wilson-H&E.jpg Governor Charles Evans Hughes.jpg
Nominee Woodrow Wilson Charles Evans Hughes
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New Jersey New York
Running mate Thomas R. Marshall Charles W. Fairbanks
Electoral vote 13 0
Popular vote 466,289 462,516
Percentage 46.65% 46.27%

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County Results
  Wilson—60-70%
  Wilson—50-60%
  Wilson—40-50%
  Hughes—<50%
  Hughes—50-60%
  Hughes—70-80%

President before election

Woodrow Wilson
Democratic

Elected President

Woodrow Wilson
Democratic

The 1916 United States presidential election in California took place on November 7, 1916 as part of the 1916 United States presidential election. State voters chose 13 representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

California narrowly voted for the Democratic incumbent, Woodrow Wilson, over the Republican nominee, Associate Justice Charles Evans Hughes.

Although very close, this was not as close as the previous election or the equally critical 1892 election in the Golden State, and was only the third-closest state in a thrilling election behind New Hampshire and Minnesota. Following on from breaking half-a-dozen county droughts in 1912, Wilson became the first Democrat to carry Santa Barbara County and Plumas County since Stephen A. Douglas in 1860, and the first to carry the counties of Santa Cruz and Placer since James Buchanan in 1856.[1] Had Hughes won California, he would have won the election despite losing the popular vote. This is the last election in which a Republican candidate carried Los Angeles County but failed to carry the state of California. This is also the most recent election when California would decide the overall winner a presidential election, despite routinely having among the highest, or highest amount of electoral votes after the next reapportionment following the 1930 Census.

Results[edit]

1916 United States presidential election in California[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Woodrow Wilson 466,289 46.65% 13
Republican Charles Evans Hughes 462,516 46.27% 0
Socialist Allan L. Benson 42,898 4.29% 0
Prohibition J. Franklin Hanley 27,713 2.77% 0
No party Write-ins 187 0.02% 0
Invalid or blank votes
Totals 999,603 100.00% 13
Voter turnout

Results by county[edit]

County Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Democratic
Charles Evans Hughes
Republican
Allan Louis Benson
Socialist
James Franklin Hanly
Prohibition
Various candidates
Write-ins
Margin
% # % # % # % # % # % #
Colusa 62.89% 1,998 31.82% 1,011 3.87% 123 1.42% 45 31.07% 987
Mariposa 58.24% 802 32.75% 451 6.90% 95 2.11% 29 25.49% 351
Kern 59.86% 9,566 35.11% 5,611 3.46% 553 1.57% 251 24.75% 3,955
Placer 58.28% 3,375 33.74% 1,954 5.42% 314 2.56% 148 24.54% 1,421
Siskiyou 57.15% 3,447 34.13% 2,059 6.91% 417 1.81% 109 23.01% 1,388
Sierra 58.35% 594 35.36% 360 5.40% 55 0.88% 9 22.99% 234
El Dorado 57.67% 1,755 35.10% 1,068 6.15% 187 1.08% 33 22.58% 687
Solano 58.37% 5,678 36.35% 3,536 3.31% 322 1.97% 192 22.02% 2,142
Modoc 58.25% 1,222 36.61% 768 3.77% 79 1.38% 29 21.64% 454
Nevada 56.58% 2,548 35.22% 1,586 6.20% 279 2.00% 90 21.36% 962
Plumas 56.50% 1,025 36.55% 663 5.62% 102 1.32% 24 19.96% 362
Trinity 54.81% 661 35.16% 424 8.62% 104 1.41% 17 19.65% 237
Lassen 55.75% 1,323 36.96% 877 6.03% 143 1.26% 30 18.79% 446
Tuolumne 54.21% 1,584 36.17% 1,057 8.11% 237 1.51% 44 18.04% 527
Amador 56.28% 1,766 38.53% 1,209 3.98% 125 1.21% 38 17.75% 557
San Joaquin 55.44% 11,454 38.05% 7,861 3.82% 789 2.70% 557 17.39% 3,593
Lake 52.13% 1,164 35.42% 791 8.15% 182 4.30% 96 16.70% 373
Tehama 52.92% 2,534 36.32% 1,739 6.98% 334 3.78% 181 16.60% 795
Madera 54.01% 1,880 38.01% 1,323 5.26% 183 2.56% 89 0.17% 6 16.00% 557
Shasta 52.39% 2,828 37.20% 2,008 8.32% 449 2.09% 113 15.19% 820
Sacramento 54.63% 14,538 40.19% 10,696 3.13% 833 2.05% 546 14.44% 3,842
Glenn 53.87% 1,797 40.23% 1,342 3.03% 101 2.82% 94 0.06% 2 13.64% 455
Yuba 54.49% 1,980 42.10% 1,530 2.56% 93 0.85% 31 12.38% 450
Kings 51.86% 2,905 39.65% 2,221 4.57% 256 3.93% 220 12.21% 684
Calaveras 53.06% 1,524 40.91% 1,175 4.70% 135 1.32% 38 12.15% 349
Sutter 53.52% 1,543 42.00% 1,211 2.77% 80 1.70% 49 11.52% 332
Yolo 53.12% 2,922 42.43% 2,334 3.04% 167 1.42% 78 10.69% 588
San Francisco 52.45% 78,225 42.30% 63,093 4.31% 6,423 0.94% 1,404 0.00% 7 10.15% 15,132
San Luis Obispo 49.85% 3,539 40.20% 2,854 7.71% 547 2.24% 159 9.65% 685
Merced 50.36% 2,637 40.72% 2,132 5.44% 285 3.48% 182 9.64% 505
Butte 50.55% 4,888 40.91% 3,956 4.51% 436 4.02% 389 9.64% 932
Stanislaus 46.98% 5,490 37.66% 4,401 6.24% 729 9.13% 1,067 9.32% 1,089
Fresno 49.95% 14,241 41.07% 11,707 5.78% 1,648 3.20% 912 8.89% 2,534
Imperial 49.15% 3,273 40.46% 2,694 5.45% 363 4.94% 329 8.69% 579
San Benito 51.80% 1,688 44.19% 1,440 2.79% 91 1.23% 40 7.61% 248
Santa Barbara 49.65% 5,198 42.54% 4,453 4.49% 470 3.31% 347 0.01% 1 7.12% 745
Mono 48.47% 158 42.02% 137 7.98% 26 1.53% 5 6.44% 21
Inyo 47.92% 966 41.96% 846 7.54% 152 2.58% 52 5.95% 120
Monterey 48.28% 3,878 44.81% 3,599 4.53% 364 2.38% 191 3.47% 279
Santa Cruz 47.76% 4,511 44.76% 4,228 4.05% 383 3.43% 324 3.00% 283
Tulare 46.87% 7,299 43.96% 6,845 5.75% 895 3.42% 533 2.92% 454
Contra Costa 46.82% 6,092 44.05% 5,731 6.81% 886 2.32% 302 2.77% 361
San Diego 46.02% 16,815 46.47% 16,978 4.41% 1,612 3.10% 1,132 -0.45% -163
Mendocino 45.14% 3,371 46.79% 3,494 6.07% 453 2.01% 150 -1.65% -123
Del Norte 41.35% 471 43.81% 499 12.64% 144 2.19% 25 -2.46% -28
Marin 43.82% 3,789 50.05% 4,328 4.90% 424 1.23% 106 -6.23% -539
San Mateo 43.08% 4,485 50.01% 5,207 5.19% 540 1.72% 179 -6.93% -722
Sonoma 43.35% 8,377 50.37% 9,733 4.77% 921 1.52% 293 -7.02% -1,356
Santa Clara 43.40% 14,185 50.77% 16,592 3.08% 1,006 2.71% 887 0.03% 11 -7.37% -2,407
Alameda 42.84% 43,748 50.34% 51,417 5.31% 5,422 1.51% 1,544 -7.51% -7,669
Los Angeles 42.58% 114,070 50.59% 135,554 3.01% 8,076 3.76% 10,061 0.06% 160 -8.02% -21,484
San Bernardino 39.92% 9,398 50.68% 11,932 3.42% 805 5.99% 1,410 -10.76% -2,534
Napa 41.39% 3,088 52.46% 3,914 4.07% 304 2.08% 155 -11.07% -826
Humboldt 36.27% 4,103 51.14% 5,786 9.40% 1,063 3.19% 361 -14.88% -1,683
Ventura 39.30% 2,835 55.18% 3,980 3.60% 260 1.91% 138 -15.87% -1,145
Riverside 33.44% 4,561 54.64% 7,452 5.79% 790 6.13% 836 -21.20% -2,891
Orange 34.54% 6,474 56.59% 10,609 3.43% 643 5.44% 1,020 -22.06% -4,135
Alpine 27.71% 23 72.29% 60 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 -44.58% -37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 153-155 ISBN 0786422173
  2. ^ "1916 Presidential General Election Results - California". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2008-08-25.