1896 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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United States presidential election in North Carolina, 1896

← 1892 November 3, 1896 1900 →
  WilliamJBryan1902.png William McKinley by Courtney Art Studio, 1896.jpg
Nominee William J. Bryan William McKinley
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Nebraska Ohio
Running mate Arthur Sewall Garret Hobart
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 174,408 155,122
Percentage 52.64% 46.82%

President before election

Grover Cleveland

Elected President

William McKinley

The 1896 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 3, 1896. All contemporary 45 states were part of the 1896 United States presidential election. North Carolina voters chose eleven electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by the Democratic nominees, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate Arthur Sewall of Maine. Five electors cast their Vice Presidential ballots for Thomas E. Watson.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last occasion Northampton County has voted for a Republican presidential candidate,[1] which stands as the second-longest Democratic streak in the nation.[note 1]


United States presidential election in North Carolina, 1896[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic William Jennings Bryan 174,408 52.64% 11
Republican William McKinley 155,122 46.82% 0
Prohibition Joshua Levering 635 0.19% 0
National Democratic John M. Palmer 578 0.17% 0
Write-ins Scattered 372 0.11% 0
National Prohibition Charles Bentley 222 0.07% 0
Totals 331,337 100.00% 11
Voter turnout


  1. ^ Starr County, Texas has the longest Democratic streak, going back one further election to 1892. Adjacent Brooks County and Jim Hogg County have never voted Republican but were only created in 1911 and 1913.


  1. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 265-271 ISBN 0786422173
  2. ^ Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas; Presidential General Election Results – North Carolina