United States presidential election in Kansas, 2016
of the popular vote by county.
2016 United States presidential election in Kansas was held on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Kansas voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting the Republican Party's nominee, businessman Donald Trump, and running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.
On March 5, 2016, in the
presidential primaries, voters expressed their preferences for the Democratic and Republican parties' respective nominees for president.
Donald Trump won the election in Kansas with 56.6% of the vote. Hillary Clinton received 36.0% of the vote.
Kansas was among the eleven states in which Hillary Clinton outperformed Barack Obama's margin in 2012 (though her percentage was lower than Obama's 38% of the vote), largely due to a significant shift towards Democrats in  Johnson County.
Background [ edit ]
President of the United States, Barack Obama, a Democrat and former U.S. Senator from Illinois, was first elected president in the 2008 election, running with then-Senator Joe Biden of Delaware. Defeating the Republican nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, with 52.9% of the popular vote and 68% of the electoral vote,  Obama succeeded two-term Republican President  George W. Bush, the former Governor of Texas. Obama and Biden were reelected in the 2012 presidential election, defeating former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 51.1% of the popular vote and 61.7% of electoral votes. Although Barack Obama's approval rating in the  RealClearPolitics poll tracking average remained between 40 and 50 percent for most of his second term, it has experienced a surge in early 2016 and reached its highest point since 2012 during June of that year.  Analyst Nate Cohn has noted that a strong approval rating for President Obama would equate to a strong performance for the Democratic candidate, and vice versa. 
Following his second term, President Obama is not eligible for another reelection. In October 2015, Obama's running-mate and two-term
Vice President Biden decided not to enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination either. With their term expiring on January 20, 2017, the electorate is asked to elect a new president, the 45th president and 48th vice president of the United States, respectively.
Political landscape in Kansas [ edit ]
The state of Kansas has given its electoral votes to the Republican ticket since
1968, and only once to the Democrats ( 1964) since 1940. All current statewide officials are Republicans, as are all four members of the state's U.S. House delegation. Mitt Romney defeated Barack Obama by a margin of 60% to 38% in 2012. However, Kansas has been considered a state that could be picked up by Hillary Clinton, due to Donald Trump's unpopularity amongst conservatives. A poll conducted by John Zogby found Clinton leading Trump by 7 points in June.
In addition, an internal poll for Representative  Kevin Yoder, a Republican from Kansas' 3rd congressional district, released an internal poll showing Clinton leading Trump by 6 points in his district. This district voted for Mitt Romney by a 10-point margin in 2012 and has a  PVI of R+6. This result, coupled with Clinton's gains in national polls, caused Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball to move the Kansas race from "Safe Republican" to "Likely Republican" on August 18.
Primary elections [ edit ]
Democratic caucuses [ edit ]
Results of the Democratic caucuses by Congressional District
Kansas Democratic caucuses, March 5, 2016
The Green Papers
Republican caucuses [ edit ]
Results of the Republican caucuses by Congressional District
Kansas Republican precinct caucuses, March 5, 2016
Actual delegate count
Ben Carson (withdrawn)
Jeb Bush (withdrawn)
Carly Fiorina (withdrawn)
The Green Papers
General election [ edit ]
Polling [ edit ]
Minor candidates [ edit ]
The following received write-in status:
President: Andrew D. Basiago; Vice President: Karen D. Kinnison
President: Darrell L Castle; Vice President: Scott N. Bradley
President: “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente, Vice President: Michael Steinberg
President: Rocky Giordani; Vice President: Farley M Anderson
President: James A Hedges; Vice President: Bill V Bayes
President: Tom Hoefling; Vice President: Steve Schulin
President: Lynn Kahn; Vice President: Kathy Monahan
President: Gloria La Riva; Vice President: Eugene Puryer
President: Michael S. Levinson; Vice President: Perry E. Wharton, II
President: Michael A Maturen; Vice President: Juan A Munoz
President: Evan McMullin; Vice President: Nathan D Johnson
President: Monica G. Moorehead; Vice President: Lamont G. Lilly
President: Darryl Perry; Vice President: Conan Salada
President: Marshall R. Schoenke; Vice President: James C. Mitchell, Jr.
President: Joe C Schriner; Vice President: Joe Moreaux
President: Mike Smith; Vice President: Daniel White
Results [ edit ]
By congressional district [ edit ]
Trump won 3 of the 4 congressional districts.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
"Kansas Election Results 2016 – The New York Times" . Retrieved . November 11, 2016
"United States House of Representatives floor summary for Jan 8, 2009". Clerk.house.gov . Retrieved . January 30, 2009
"Federal elections 2008" (PDF). Federal Election Commission . Retrieved . May 11, 2015
"President Map". . November 29, 2012 The New York Times . Retrieved . May 11, 2015
"Election Other – President Obama Job Approval". RealClearPolitics . Retrieved . December 24, 2015
Byrnes, Jesse (2016-06-15). "Poll: Obama approval rating highest since 2012". TheHill . Retrieved . 2016-06-19
Cohn, Nate (2015-01-19). "What a Rise in Obama's Approval Rating Means for 2016". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved . 2016-06-19
"Joe Biden Decides Not to Enter Presidential Race". The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved . October 21, 2015
"KANSAS STATEWIDE POLL FOR THE KANSAS HEALTH FOUNDATION" (PDF) . Retrieved . 22 August 2016
Wingerter, Justin. "Republican poll shows Clinton beating Trump in eastern Kansas". CJ Online. The Topeka Capital-Journal . Retrieved . 22 August 2016
Kondik, Kyle; Sabato, Larry; Skelley, Geoffrey. "Clinton Rises to 348 Electoral Votes, Trump Drops to 190". Sabato's Crystal Ball. University of Virginia Center for Politics . Retrieved . 22 August 2016
External links [ edit ]