1864 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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1864 United States presidential election in Kentucky

← 1860 November 8, 1864 1868 →
  GeorgeMcClellan2.jpg Abraham Lincoln November 1863.jpg
Nominee George B. McClellan Abraham Lincoln
Party Democratic National Union
Home state Pennsylvania Illinois
Running mate George H. Pendleton Andrew Johnson
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 64,301 27,787
Percentage 69.83% 30.17%

President before election

Abraham Lincoln

Elected President

Abraham Lincoln

The 1864 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 8, 1864, as part of the 1864 United States presidential election. Kentucky voters chose eleven representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.[1]

Kentucky was won by the 4th Commanding General of the United States Army George B. McClellan (DPennsylvania), running with Representative George H. Pendleton, with 69.83 percent of the popular vote against the incumbent President Abraham Lincoln (R-Illinois), running with former Senator and Military Governor of Tennessee Andrew Johnson, with 30.17 percent of the popular vote.[1]

Despite having been born and raised for the first five years of his life in Kentucky, Lincoln came in a distant second, losing to McClellan by 39 percentage points. Even worse, it was the only state that McClellan won by more than 6 percentage points. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last occasion when Butler County and Monroe County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.[2]


United States presidential election in Kentucky, 1864[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George B. McClellan 64,301 69.83%
National Union Abraham Lincoln 27,787 30.17%
Total votes 92,088 100%


  1. ^ a b c "1864 Presidential Election Results Kentucky".
  2. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 207-213 ISBN 0786422173