United States presidential election in New York, 1916

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United States presidential election in New York, 1916

← 1912 November 7, 1916 1920 →
  Governor Charles Evans Hughes.jpg Woodrow Wilson-H&E.jpg
Nominee Charles E. Hughes Woodrow Wilson
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York New Jersey
Running mate Charles W. Fairbanks Thomas R. Marshall
Electoral vote 45 0
Popular vote 879,238 759,426
Percentage 51.53% 44.51%

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County Results

President before election

Woodrow Wilson

Elected President

Woodrow Wilson

The 1916 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 7, 1916. All contemporary 48 states were part of the 1916 United States presidential election. New York voters chose forty-five electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New York was won by the Republican nominee, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes of New York, and his running mate Senator Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana. Hughes and Fairbanks defeated the Democratic nominees, incumbent Democratic President Woodrow Wilson and Vice President Thomas R. Marshall.

The former Governor of New York, Hughes won his home state fairly comfortably, taking 51.53% of the vote to Wilson's 44.51%, a victory margin of 7.02%. Coming in a distant third was Socialist candidate Allan L. Benson, who took 2.69%.

New York in this era was a Republican state in presidential elections; however in 1912, a strong third party run by former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt against the incumbent Republican President William Howard Taft had split the Republican vote, and had enabled Woodrow Wilson as the Democratic candidate to win New York State's electoral votes in 1912 with a plurality of only 41% of the vote. With the Republican base re-united behind Charles Evans Hughes in 1916, New York returned to the Republican column, and delivered a fairly comfortable win to Hughes even as Wilson won re-election nationwide. Hughes’ seven percent margin of victory made New York State a strong ten percent more Republican than the national average in the 1916 election; despite this, Hamilton[1] and Greene Counties[2] voted for Wilson, yet would never vote Democratic again until 1964 and never do so subsequently.

United States presidential election in New York, 1916[3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Charles Evans Hughes 879,238 51.53% 45
Democratic Woodrow Wilson 759,426 44.51% 0
Socialist Allan L. Benson 45,944 2.69% 0
Prohibition Frank Hanly 19,031 1.12% 0
Socialist Labor Arthur E. Reimer 2,666 0.16% 0
Totals 1,706,305 100.0% 45

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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard; Hamilton County, New York
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard; Greene County, New York
  3. ^ "1916 Presidential Election Results - New York". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved July 27, 2013.