List of United States presidential election endorsements made by The New York Times

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Since its founding in 1851, The New York Times has endorsed a candidate for president of the United States for all but two presidential elections (1852 and 1856) in the paper's history. The first endorsement was in 1860 for Abraham Lincoln and the most recent one was for Joe Biden in 2020. Its first six endorsements were for Republicans, and it was not until 1884 that it backed its first Democrat, Grover Cleveland. In total it has endorsed the Democratic candidate twenty eight times, the Republican twelve times (the last being Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956), and a third-party candidate once (John M. Palmer in 1896).

Primary election[edit]

General election[edit]

Year Endorsement Result Other major candidate(s) Ref.
1860   Abraham Lincoln Won   Stephen A. Douglas   John C. Breckinridge   John Bell [6]
1864 Abraham Lincoln Won George B. McClellan
1868 Ulysses S. Grant Won Horatio Seymour
1872 Ulysses S. Grant Won Horace Greeley
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes Won Samuel Tilden
1880 James Garfield Won Winfield S. Hancock
1884 Grover Cleveland Won James G. Blaine
1888 Grover Cleveland Lost Benjamin Harrison
1892 Grover Cleveland Won Benjamin Harrison James Weaver
1896 John M. Palmer Lost William Jennings Bryan William McKinley
1900 William McKinley Won William Jennings Bryan
1904 Alton B. Parker Lost Theodore Roosevelt
1908 William Howard Taft Won William Jennings Bryan
1912 Woodrow Wilson Won William Howard Taft Theodore Roosevelt
1916 Woodrow Wilson Won Charles Evans Hughes
1920 James M. Cox Lost Warren G. Harding
1924 John W. Davis Lost Calvin Coolidge Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
1928 Alfred E. Smith Lost Herbert Hoover
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt Won Herbert Hoover
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt Won Alf Landon
1940 Wendell Willkie Lost Franklin D. Roosevelt
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt Won Thomas E. Dewey
1948 Thomas E. Dewey Lost Harry S. Truman Strom Thurmond Henry A. Wallace
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower Won Adlai E. Stevenson
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower Won Adlai E. Stevenson
1960 John F. Kennedy Won Richard Nixon
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson Won Barry Goldwater
1968 Hubert H. Humphrey Lost Richard Nixon George Wallace
1972 George McGovern Lost Richard Nixon
1976 Jimmy Carter Won Gerald Ford
1980 Jimmy Carter Lost Ronald Reagan John B. Anderson
1984 Walter Mondale Lost Ronald Reagan
1988 Michael Dukakis Lost George H. W. Bush
1992 Bill Clinton Won George H. W. Bush Ross Perot
1996 Bill Clinton Won Bob Dole Ross Perot
2000 Al Gore Lost George W. Bush Ralph Nader
2004 John Kerry Lost George W. Bush
2008 Barack Obama Won John McCain
2012 Barack Obama Won Mitt Romney
2016 Hillary Clinton Lost Donald Trump
2020 Joe Biden Won Donald Trump [7]


  1. ^ a b East, Kristen (March 5, 2000). "Primary Endorsements; John McCain and Al Gore". The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "A Primary Endorsement". The New York Times. February 26, 2004. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "New York Times endorses Clinton, backs McCain over Giuliani". New York: CNN. January 25, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b East, Kristen (January 30, 2016). "The New York Times endorses Clinton, Kasich". Politico. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  5. ^ LeBlanc, Paul; Turrell, Liz (January 20, 2020). "New York Times editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for Democratic nomination". Washington: CNN. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "New York Times Endorsements Through the Ages". The New York Times. September 23, 2016. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Elect Joe Biden, America". The New York Times. October 6, 2020. Retrieved October 6, 2020.