1888 United States presidential election in Georgia

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United States presidential election in Georgia, 1888

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  StephenGroverCleveland.png Benjamin Harrison, head and shoulders bw photo, 1896.jpg
Nominee Grover Cleveland Benjamin Harrison
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York Indiana
Running mate Allen G. Thurman Levi P. Morton
Electoral vote 12 0
Popular vote 100,493 40,499
Percentage 58.01% 28.33%

President before election

Grover Cleveland

Elected President

Benjamin Harrison

The 1888 United States presidential election in Georgia took place on November 6, 1888, as part of the wider United States Presidential election. Voters chose twelve representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.


With the exception of a handful of historically Unionist North Georgia counties – chiefly Fannin but also to a lesser extent Pickens, Gilmer and Towns – Georgia since the 1880s had been a one-party state dominated by the Democratic Party. Disfranchisement of almost all African-Americans and most poor whites had made the Republican Party virtually nonexistent outside of local governments in those few hill counties, and the national Democratic Party served as the guardian of white supremacy against a Republican Party historically associated with memories of Reconstruction. The only competitive elections were Democratic primaries, which state laws restricted to whites on the grounds of the Democratic Party being legally a private club.[1]


The Cleveland/Thurman ticket carried the state of Georgia on election day.


United States presidential election in Georgia, 1888 [2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Grover Cleveland 100,493 70.31% 12
Republican Benjamin Harrison 40,499 28.33% 0
Prohibition Clinton Fisk 1,808 1.26% 0
Union Labor Alson Streeter 136 0.10% 0


  1. ^ Springer, Melanie Jean; How the States Shaped the Nation: American Electoral Institutions and Voter Turnout, 1920-2000, p. 155 ISBN 022611435X
  2. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1888 Presidential General Election Results – Georgia