United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1908

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United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1908
New Jersey
← 1904 November 3, 1908 1912 →
  William Howard Taft, Bain bw photo portrait, 1908.jpg William Jennings Bryan, 1860-1925.jpg
Nominee William Howard Taft William J. Bryan
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Ohio Nebraska
Running mate James S. Sherman John W. Kern
Electoral vote 12 0
Popular vote 265,298 182,522
Percentage 56.8% 39.1%

New Jersey Presidential Election Results by County, 1908.svg
County Results

President before election

Theodore Roosevelt

Elected President

William Howard Taft

The 1908 United States presidential election in New Jersey took place on November 3, 1908. All contemporary 46 states were part of the 1908 United States presidential election. New Jersey voters chose 14 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New Jersey was won by the Republican nominees, United States Secretary of War William Howard Taft of Ohio and his running mate Congressman James S. Sherman of New York. Taft and Sherman defeated the Democratic nominees, former Congressman and two-time prior presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and his running mate Senator John W. Kern of Indiana. Also in the running was the Socialist Party candidate, Eugene V. Debs, who ran with Ben Hanford.

Taft carried New Jersey comfortably with 56.80% of the vote to Bryan's 39.07%, a victory margin of 17.72%.[1]

Eugene Debs came in a distant third, with 2.19%.

Like much of the Northeast, New Jersey in the early decades of the 20th century was a staunchly Republican state, having not given a majority of the vote to a Democratic presidential candidate since 1892. While winning a comfortable victory nationwide, Taft easily held New Jersey in the Republican column in 1908.

On the county level map, Taft carried 18 of the state's 21 counties, breaking 60% of the vote in 8 counties. Bryan won only the 3 rural counties in western North Jersey, Warren, Sussex, and Hunterdon, which had long been reliably Democratic enclaves in an otherwise Republican state.

New Jersey's election result in 1908 made the state over 9% more Republican than the national average.


United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1908
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican William Howard Taft 265,298 56.80% 12
Democratic William Jennings Bryan 182,522 39.07% 0
Socialist Eugene V. Debs 10,249 2.19% 0
Prohibition Eugene W. Chafin 4,930 1.06% 0
Independence League Thomas L. Hisgen 2,916 0.62% 0
Socialist Labor August Gillhaus 1,196 0.26% 0
Totals 467,111 100.0% 12

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  1. ^ "1908 Presidential General Election Results - New Jersey". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 7 February 2014.