United States presidential elections in Texas

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Presidential elections in Texas
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No. of elections41
Voted Democratic27
Voted Republican14
Voted other0
Voted for winning candidate25
Voted for losing candidate16

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in Texas, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1845, Texas 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, and the election of 1868, when the state was undergoing Reconstruction.

In its first century Texas was a Democratic bastion, only voting for another party once – in 1928 when anti-Catholic sentiment against Al Smith drove voters to Republican Herbert Hoover. A gradual trend towards increasing social liberalism in the Democratic Party, however, has turned the state (apart from Hispanic South Texas, the Trans-Pecos and several large cities) into a Republican stronghold. Since 1980 Texas has voted Republican in every election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Elections from 1864 to present[edit]

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[a]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 4,685,047 52.10 Hillary Clinton 3,877,868 43.12 - 38 Two faithless electors, one voting for John Kasich, the other for Ron Paul.
2012 Barack Obama 3,308,124 41.38 Mitt Romney 4,569,843 57.17 - 38
2008 Barack Obama 3,528,633 43.68 John McCain 4,479,328 55.45 - 34
2004 George W. Bush 4,526,917 61.09 John Kerry 2,832,704 38.22 - 34
2000 George W. Bush 3,799,639 59.30 Al Gore 2,433,746 37.98 - 32
1996 Bill Clinton 2,459,683 43.83 Bob Dole 2,736,167 48.76 Ross Perot 378,537 6.75 32
1992 Bill Clinton 2,281,815 37.08 George H. W. Bush 2,496,071 40.56 Ross Perot 1,354,781 22.01 32
1988 George H. W. Bush 3,036,829 55.95 Michael Dukakis 2,352,748 43.35 - 29
1984 Ronald Reagan 3,433,428 63.61 Walter Mondale 1,949,276 36.11 - 29
1980 Ronald Reagan 2,510,705 55.28 Jimmy Carter 1,881,147 41.42 John B. Anderson 111,613 2.46 26
1976 Jimmy Carter 2,082,319 51.14 Gerald Ford 1,953,300 47.97 - 26
1972 Richard Nixon 2,298,896 66.20 George McGovern 1,154,291 33.24 - 26
1968 Richard Nixon 1,227,844 39.87 Hubert Humphrey 1,266,804 41.14 George Wallace 584,269 18.97 25
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 1,663,185 63.32 Barry Goldwater 958,566 36.49 - 25
1960 John F. Kennedy 1,167,567 50.52 Richard Nixon 1,121,310 48.52 - 24
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 1,080,619 55.26 Adlai Stevenson II 859,958 43.98 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[b]
14,591 0.75 24
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 1,102,878 53.13 Adlai Stevenson II 969,228 46.69 - 24
1948 Harry S. Truman 824,235 65.96 Thomas E. Dewey 303,467 24.29 Strom Thurmond 113,776 9.11 23
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 821,605 71.42 Thomas E. Dewey 191,425 16.64 - 23
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 909,974 80.92 Wendell Willkie 212,692 18.91 - 23
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 734,485 87.08 Alf Landon 103,874 12.31 - 23
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 760,348 88.06 Herbert Hoover 97,959 11.35 - 23
1928 Herbert Hoover 367,036 51.77 Al Smith 341,032 48.10 - 20
1924 Calvin Coolidge 130,023 19.78 John W. Davis 484,605 73.70 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 42,881 6.52 20
1920 Warren G. Harding 114,538 23.54 James M. Cox 288,767 59.34 - 20
1916 Woodrow Wilson 286,514 76.92 Charles E. Hughes 64,999 17.45 - 20
1912 Woodrow Wilson 221,589 72.62 Theodore Roosevelt 28,853 9.46 William H. Taft 26,755 8.77 20
1908 William H. Taft 65,666 22.35 William Jennings Bryan 217,302 73.97 - 18
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 51,242 21.9 Alton B. Parker 167,200 71.45 - 18
1900 William McKinley 130,641 30.83 William Jennings Bryan 267,432 63.12 - 15
1896 William McKinley 167,520 30.75 William Jennings Bryan 370,434 68.00 - 15
1892 Grover Cleveland 239,148 56.65 Benjamin Harrison 81,144 19.22 James B. Weaver 99,688 23.61 15
1888 Benjamin Harrison 88,422 24.73 Grover Cleveland 234,883 65.7 - 13
1884 Grover Cleveland 225,309 69.26 James G. Blaine 93,141 28.63 - 13
1880 James A. Garfield 57,893 23.95 Winfield S. Hancock 156,428 64.71 James B. Weaver 27,405 11.34 8
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 44,800 29.96 Samuel J. Tilden 104,755 70.04 - 8
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 47,468 40.71 Horace Greeley 66,546 57.07 - 8
1868 Ulysses S. Grant No vote due to status of Reconstruction. Horatio Seymour -
1864 Abraham Lincoln No vote due to secession. George B. McClellan -

Election of 1860[edit]

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 18 0.0 John C. Breckinridge 47,454 75.5 John Bell 15,383 24.5 4

Elections prior to 1860[edit]

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[a]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan 31,169 66.59 John C. Frémont no ballots Millard Fillmore 15,639 33.41 4
1852 Franklin Pierce 13,552 73.07 Winfield Scott 4,995 26.93 John P. Hale no ballots 4
1848 Zachary Taylor 4,509 29.71 Lewis Cass 10,668 70.29 Martin Van Buren no ballots 4

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina