1936 United States presidential election in Vermont Article

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1936

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  LandonPortr.jpg FDR in 1933.jpg
Nominee Alf Landon Franklin D. Roosevelt
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Kansas New York
Running mate Frank Knox John N. Garner
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 81,023 62,124
Percentage 56.39% 43.24%

Vermont Election Results by County 1936.svg
County Results
  Roosevelt—50-60%
  Landon—50-60%
  Landon—60-70%
  Landon—70-80%

President before election

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic

Elected President

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic

The 1936 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 3, 1936, as part of the 1936 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Vermont voted for the Republican nominee, Kansas Governor Alf Landon, over the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York. Landon’s running mate was newspaper publisher Frank Knox of Illinois, while Roosevelt ran with incumbent Vice President John Nance Garner of Texas.

Landon took 56.39 percent of the vote, to Roosevelt’s 43.24 percent, a margin of 13.15 percent.

Vermont historically was a bastion of liberal Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1936 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party. From 1856 to 1932, Vermont had had the longest streak of voting Republican of any state, having never voted Democratic before, and this tradition continued even in the midst of a nationwide Democratic landslide in 1936. It would not vote Democratic until 1964.

Vermont had been one of only six states to vote to re-elect embattled incumbent Republican President Herbert Hoover over FDR in the latter’s 1932 landslide, and in 1936, it was one of only two states in the entire nation (along with nearby Maine) to vote for Alf Landon over the wildly popular Roosevelt. Vermont and Maine would ultimately be the only states to reject FDR in all four of his presidential campaigns.

In terms of vote share, Vermont was the most Republican state in the nation [1], and in terms of margin, it was the second most Republican state after Maine, as populist William Lemke took votes away from Roosevelt in Maine but was not on the ballot in Vermont. Vermont would weigh in as a whopping 37% more Republican than the national average in the 1936 election.

Landon carried eleven of the state’s fourteen counties, breaking sixty percent in seven. However, the three northwestern counties of Vermont had become Democratic enclaves in an otherwise Republican state, and Roosevelt once again won Chittenden County, Franklin County and Grand Isle County for the Democrats.

As of 2016, even after a quarter-century as a classic “blue” state that usually supports Democratic presidential candidates, Vermont has voted for more Republican presidential nominees than any other state. From 1856 through 1960 and from 1968 to 1988, Vermont gave the state’s electoral votes to the Republican Party nominee in every presidential election. No other state has voted so many times in a row for candidates of the same political party.

Results

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1936 [2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Alfred Landon 81,023 56.39% 3
Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt 62,124 43.24% 0
Communist Earl Browder 405 0.28% 0
N/A Write-ins 137 0.10% 0
Totals 143,689 100.00% 3

Results by county

Alfred Mossman Landon
Republican
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast [3]
County # % # % # % # % #
Addison 5,161 65.90% 2,646 33.79% 24 0.31% 2,515 32.12% 7,831
Bennington 5,515 56.08% 4,166 42.36% 153 1.56% 1,349 13.72% 9,834
Caledonia 6,054 64.25% 3,342 35.47% 27 0.29% 2,712 28.78% 9,423
Chittenden 7,757 41.32% 10,962 58.39% 56 0.30% -3,205 -17.07% 18,775
Essex 1,474 55.00% 1,203 44.89% 3 0.11% 271 10.11% 2,680
Franklin 5,507 44.56% 6,817 55.15% 36 0.29% -1,310 -10.60% 12,360
Grand Isle 712 45.41% 852 54.34% 4 0.26% -140 -8.93% 1,568
Lamoille 2,846 68.79% 1,279 30.92% 12 0.29% 1,567 37.88% 4,137
Orange 4,956 73.28% 1,796 26.56% 11 0.16% 3,160 46.72% 6,763
Orleans 5,038 65.26% 2,662 34.48% 20 0.26% 2,376 30.78% 7,720
Rutland 10,794 52.94% 9,543 46.80% 54 0.26% 1,251 6.14% 20,391
Washington 8,351 50.67% 8,073 48.99% 56 0.34% 278 1.69% 16,480
Windham 7,369 66.42% 3,699 33.34% 27 0.24% 3,670 33.08% 11,095
Windsor 9,489 64.90% 5,084 34.77% 49 0.34% 4,405 30.13% 14,622
Totals 81,023 56.39% 62,124 43.24% 532 0.37% 18,899 13.15% 143,679

References

  1. ^ "1936 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "1936 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  3. ^ Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; p. 465 ISBN  0405077114