1916 United States presidential election in Vermont Article

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1916

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  Governor Charles Evans Hughes.jpg Woodrow Wilson-H&E.jpg
Nominee Charles E. Hughes Woodrow Wilson
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York New Jersey
Running mate Charles W. Fairbanks Thomas R. Marshall
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 40,250 22,708
Percentage 62.43% 35.22%

Vermont Election Results by County 1916.svg
County Results
  Wilson—50-60%
  Hughes—50-60%
  Hughes—60-70%
  Hughes—70-80%

President before election

Woodrow Wilson
Democratic

Elected President

Woodrow Wilson
Democratic

The 1916 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 7, 1916, as part of the 1916 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Vermont was won by the Republican nominee, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes of New York, and his running mate Senator Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana. Hughes and Fairbanks defeated the Democratic nominees, incumbent Democratic President Woodrow Wilson and Vice President Thomas R. Marshall.

Hughes won a decisive victory with 62.43 percent of the vote, to Wilson’s 35.22 percent, a Republican victory margin of 27.21 percentage points.

Vermont historically was a bastion of liberal Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1916 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party. From 1856 to 1912, Vermont had had the longest streak of voting Republican of any state, having never voted Democratic before, and this tradition continued in 1916.

In 1912, Vermont had been one of only two states (along with Utah) to vote for incumbent Republican President William Howard Taft, who was pushed into third place nationally by the strong third party candidacy of Theodore Roosevelt, a former Republican president who had run in 1912 with his own Bull Moose Party. Taft and Roosevelt had split the Republican vote nationally in 1912, and in Vermont, Taft edged out Roosevelt 37-35, while Wilson had received only 24 percent of the vote. With the Republican base re-united behind Charles Evans Hughes in 1916, the GOP scored a landslide win in Vermont with over 62 percent of the vote, although Wilson also gained 11 points in support from his 1912 showing.

Hughes carried thirteen of the state’s fourteen counties, breaking sixty percent of the vote in 8 of them, and even breaking 70% in 2 counties. Wilson’s only county victory came from sparsely populated Grand Isle County in the far northwest of the state, which had also been the only county in the state to give Wilson a plurality win in 1912. This was the first election since 1852 in which a Democratic candidate earned more than forty percent of the vote in any Vermont county.

As Wilson narrowly won re-election nationally, Vermont weighed in as over 30% more Republican than the national average in the 1916 election, making it the most Republican state in the union [1].

Results

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1916 [2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Charles Evans Hughes 40,250 62.43% 4
Democratic Woodrow Wilson 22,708 35.22% 0
Socialist Allan L. Benson 798 1.24% 0
Prohibition Frank Hanly 709 1.10% 0
N/A Write-ins 10 0.02% 0
Totals 64,475 100.00% 4

Results by county

Charles Evans Hughes
Republican
Woodrow Wilson
Democratic
Allan L. Benson
Socialist
James F. Hanly
Prohibition
Various candidates
Write-ins
Margin Total votes cast [3]
County # % # % # % # % # % # % #
Addison 2,765 74.67% 874 23.60% 11 0.30% 53 1.43% 1,891 51.07% 3,703
Bennington 2,602 60.40% 1,590 36.91% 83 1.93% 33 0.77% 1,012 23.49% 4,308
Caledonia 3,024 60.44% 1,887 37.72% 24 0.48% 68 1.36% 1,137 22.73% 5,003
Chittenden 3,786 56.85% 2,772 41.62% 43 0.65% 58 0.87% 1 0.02% 1,014 15.23% 6,660
Essex 734 56.77% 544 42.07% 7 0.54% 8 0.62% 190 14.69% 1,293
Franklin 2,796 56.41% 2,107 42.51% 11 0.22% 43 0.87% 689 13.90% 4,957
Grand Isle 407 48.17% 434 51.36% 3 0.36% 1 0.12% -27 -3.20% 845
Lamoille 1,474 67.12% 643 29.28% 27 1.23% 51 2.32% 1 0.05% 831 37.84% 2,196
Orange 2,151 59.31% 1,379 38.02% 51 1.41% 46 1.27% 772 21.28% 3,627
Orleans 2,758 71.58% 1,047 27.17% 7 0.18% 41 1.06% 1,711 44.41% 3,853
Rutland 5,926 66.35% 2,785 31.18% 84 0.94% 134 1.50% 3 0.03% 3,141 35.17% 8,932
Washington 4,216 57.11% 2,732 37.01% 335 4.54% 98 1.33% 1 0.01% 1,484 20.10% 7,382
Windham 3,375 65.50% 1,698 32.95% 42 0.82% 37 0.72% 1 0.02% 1,677 32.54% 5,153
Windsor 4,236 64.54% 2,216 33.77% 70 1.07% 38 0.58% 3 0.05% 2,020 30.78% 6,563
Totals 40,250 62.43% 22,708 35.22% 798 1.24% 709 1.10% 10 0.02% 17,542 27.21% 64,475

References

  1. ^ "1916 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "1916 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  3. ^ Vermont Office of the Secretary of State Elections Division; ‘Summary Vote for Electors, 1916’