How the US Electoral Map Looked Like Over The Years

The 2020 United States presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. It will be the 59th quadrennial presidential election.

Check out nearly 200 years of election results in the choropleth maps below.

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US Presidential Election Facts

The U.S. wasn’t always divided between blue and red states. Parties that once dominated the national conversation included Whig, National Republican, Democratic-Republican, and others.

Electoral maps dating back decades reveal much about political change in the U.S. as the country grew and two dominant political parties emerged. In the 2016 election, Donald Trump won the Electoral College tally by taking traditionally Democratic states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Other interesting facts about USA Presidential elections:

  • The 2000 and 2016 elections were not the only occasions when a candidate won the popular vote but lost the election. It has happened four other times in our nation’s history: in 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000.
  • Grover Cleveland was elected president (1884) then lost his re-election campaign (1888) and came back again to win the presidency for a second time. (1892)
  • George Washington is the only president ever elected unanimously.
  • Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution has only three requirements for a president. (1) Must be at least 35 years old, (2) have lived in the United States at least 14 years, and (3) be a natural-born citizen.
  • Martin Van Buren was the first natural-born American to become president in 1837. All of the seven previous presidents were born as British subjects.
  • Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president in 1872.
  • If no presidential candidate wins a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives chooses the president.

US Electoral Maps 1789-2016

2016 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Donald J. Trump (R) Republican 30462,980,160
Hillary R. Clinton (D) Democratic 22765,845,063
Evan McMullin (IND) Independent 0728,830
Gary Johnson (L) Libertarian 04,488,931
Jill Stein (G) Green 01,457,050

2012 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Barack H. Obama (D) Democratic 33265,446,032
W. Mitt Romney (R) Republican 20660,589,084
Gary Johnson (L) Libertarian 01,275,971

2008 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Barack H. Obama (D)Democratic36569,456,897
John S. McCain (R)Republican17359,934,814

2004 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
George W. Bush (R)Republican28662,039,073
John F. Kerry (D)Democratic25159,027,478

2000 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
George W. Bush (R)Republican27150,456,062
Albert Gore, Jr. (D)Democratic26650,996,582
Ralph Nader (G)Green02,882,955

1996 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
William J. Clinton (D)Democratic37945,590,703
Robert Dole (R)Republican15937,816,307
Ross Perot (RE)Reform08,085,294

1992 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
William J. Clinton (D)Democratic37044,908,254
George Bush (R)Republican16839,102,343
Ross Perot (IND)Independent019,743,821

1988 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
George Bush (R)Republican42647,946,000
Michael S. Dukakis (D)Democratic11141,016,000

1984 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Ronald Reagan (R)Republican52554,455,000
Walter F. Mondale (D)Democratic1337,577,000

1980 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Ronald Reagan (R)Republican48943,901,812
Jimmy Carter (D)Democratic4935,483,820
John Anderson (IND)Independent05,719,850
Ed Clark (L)Libertarian0921,128

1976 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Jimmy Carter (D)Democratic29740,825,839
Gerald R. Ford (R)Republican24039,147,770

1972 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Richard M. Nixon (R)Republican52046,740,323
George McGovern (D)Democratic1728,901,598

1968 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Richard M. Nixon (R)Republican30131,710,470
Hubert H. Humphrey (D)Democratic19130,898,055
George C. Wallace (AI)American Independent469,906,473

1964 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Lyndon B. Johnson (D)Republican48642,825,463
Barry M. Goldwater (R)Republican5227,146,969

1960 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
John F. Kennedy (D)Democratic30334,227,096
Richard M. Nixon (R)Republican21934,107,646
Harry F. Byrd (D)Democratic15116,248

1956 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)Republican45735,581,003
Adlai Stevenson (D)Democratic7325,738,765

1952 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)Republican44233,778,963
Adlai Stevenson (D)Democratic8927,314,992

1948 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Harry S. Truman (D)Democratic30324,105,695
Thomas E. Dewey (R)Republican18921,969,170
J. Strom Thurmond (SR)States’ Rights Democratic391,169,021
Henry Wallace (P)Progressive01,157,328

1944 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)Democratic43225,602,504
Thomas E. Dewey (R)Republican9922,006,285

1940 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)Democratic44927,244,160
Wendell L. Willkie (R)Republican8222,305,198

1936 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)Democratic52327,751,597
Alfred M. Landon (R)Republican816,679,583

1932 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)Democratic47222,821,857
Herbert C. Hoover (R)Republican5915,761,841

1928 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Herbert C. Hoover (R)Republican44421,391,381
Alfred E. Smith (D)Democratic8715,016,443

1924 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Calvin Coolidge (R)Republican38215,725,016
John W. Davis (D)Democratic1368,386,503
Robert M. LaFollette (P)Progressive134,822,856

1920 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Warren G. Harding (R)Republican40416,152,200
James M. Cox (D)Democratic1279,147,353
Eugene Debs (SO)Socialist0919,799

1916 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Woodrow Wilson (D)Democratic2779,129,606
Charles E. Hughes (R)Republican2548,538,221
Allan Benson (SO)Socialist0585,113

1912 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Woodrow Wilson (D)Democratic4356,293,454
Theodore Roosevelt (P)Progressive884,119,207
William H. Taft (R)Republican83,483,922
Eugene Debs (SO)Socialist0901,551

1908 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
William H. Taft (R)Republican3217,678,908
William J. Bryan (D)Democratic1626,409,104

1904 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Theodore Roosevelt ®Republican3367,623,486
Alton B. Parker (D)Democratic1405,077,911
Eugene Debs (SO)Socialist0402,895

1900 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
William McKinley (R)Republican2927,207,923
William J. Bryan (D-P)Democratic-Populist 1556,358,133

1896 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
William McKinley (R)Republican2717,104,779
William J. Bryan (D-P)Democratic-Populist 1766,502,925

1892 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Grover Cleveland (D)Democratic2775,556,918
Benjamin Harrison (R)Republican1455,176,108
James B. Weaver (PE)People’s221,027,329

1888 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Benjamin Harrison (R)Republican2335,439,853
Grover Cleveland (D)Democratic1685,540,309

1884 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Grover Cleveland (D)Democratic2194,874,986
James G. Blaine (R)Republican1824,851,981

1880 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
James A. Garfield (R)Republican2144,454,416
Winfield S. Hancock (D)Democratic1554,444,952
James Weaver (GB)Greenback0308,578

1876 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Rutherford B. Hayes (R)Republican1854,036,298
Samuel J. Tilden (D)Democratic1844,300,590

1872 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Ulysses S. Grant (R)Republican2863,597,132
Various*** (D)Democratic632,834,125
Horace Greeley (D)Democratic02,834,125
B. Gratz Brown (D)Democratic180
Charles J. Jenkins (D)Democratic20
David Davis (D)Democratic10
Thomas A. Hendricks (D)Democratic420

1868 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Ulysses S. Grant (R)Republican2143,012,833
Horatio Seymour (D)Democratic802,703,249

1864 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Abraham Lincoln (R)Republican2122,213,665
George B. McClellan (D) Democratic211,805,237

1860 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Abraham Lincoln (R)Republican1801,866,452
John C. Breckinridge (D)Democratic72847,953
John Bell (C)Constitutional Union39592,906
Stephen A. Douglas (D)Democratic121,382,713

1856 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
James Buchanan (D)Democratic1741,838,169
John C. Fremont (R)Republican1141,341,264
Millard Fillmore (A)American8873,000

1852 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Franklin Pierce (D)Democratic2541,601,274
Winfield Scott (W)Whig421,386,580
John P. Hale (FS)Free Soil0155,210

1848 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Zachary Taylor (W)Whig1631,360,099
Lewis Cass (D)Democratic1271,220,544
Martin Van Buren (FS)Free Soil0291,501

1844 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
James K. Polk (D)Democratic1701,337,243
Henry Clay (W)Whig1051,299,062

1840 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
William H. Harrison (W)Whig2341,275,016
Martin Van Buren (D)Democratic601,129,102

1836 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Martin Van Buren (D)Democratic170762,678
William H. Harrison (W)Whig73735,651
Hugh L. White (W)Whig26146,107
Daniel Webster (W)Whig1441,201
W.P. Mangum (IND)Independent110

1832 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Andrew Jackson (D)Democratic219687,502
Henry Clay (N)National Republican49530,189
John Floyd (IND)Independent110
William Wirt (A-M)Anti-Masonic7101,051

1828 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Andrew Jackson (D)Democratic178647,286
John Quincy Adams (N)National Republican83508,064

1824 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Andrew Jackson (D-R)Democratic-Republican99153,544
John Quincy Adams (D-R)Democratic-Republican84108,740
William H. Crawford (D-R)Democratic-Republican4140,856
Henry Clay (D-R) Democratic-Republican3747,531

1820 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
James Monroe (D-R)Democratic-Republican231Unknown
John Quincy Adams (D-R)Democratic-Republican1Unknown

1816 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
James Monroe (D-R)Democratic-Republican183Unknown
Rufus King (F)Federalist34Unknown

1812 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
James Madison (D-R)Democratic-Republican128Unknown
De Witt Clinton (F)Federalist89Unknown

1808 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
James Madison (D-R)Democratic-Republican122Unknown
Charles C. Pinckney (F)Federalist47Unknown
George Clinton (D-R)Democratic-Republican6Unknown

1804 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Thomas Jefferson (D-R)Democratic-Republican162Unknown
Charles C. Pinckney (F)Federalist14Unknown

1800 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Thomas Jefferson (D-R)Democratic-Republican73Unknown
Aaron Burr (D-R)Democratic-Republican73Unknown
John Adams (F)Federalist65Unknown
Charles C. Pinckney (F)Federalist64Unknown

1796 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
John Adams (F)Federalist71Unknown
Thomas Jefferson (D-R)Democratic-Republican68Unknown
Thomas Pinckney (F)Federalist59Unknown
Others (V)Various48Unknown
Aaron Burr (D-R)Democratic-Republican30Unknown

1792 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
George Washington (F)Federalist132Unknown
John Adams (F)Federalist77Unknown
George Clinton (A-F)Anti-Federalist50Unknown
Others (A-F)Anti-Federalist5Unknown

1789 Electoral Map

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
George Washington (F)Federalist69Unknown
Others (IND)Independent35Unknown
John Adams (F)Federalist34Unknown

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