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1912 United States presidential election in Minnesota

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1912

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Nominee Theodore Roosevelt Woodrow Wilson
Party Progressive Democratic
Home state New York New Jersey
Running mate Hiram Johnson Thomas R. Marshall
Electoral vote 12 0
Popular vote 125,856 106,426
Percentage 37.7% 31.8%

 
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Nominee William Howard Taft Eugene V. Debs
Party Republican Public Ownership
Home state Ohio Indiana
Running mate Nicholas M. Butler Emil Seidel
Electoral vote 0 0
Popular vote 64,334 27,505
Percentage 19.3% 8.2%

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County Results

President before election

William Howard Taft
Republican

Elected President

Woodrow Wilson
Democratic

The 1912 United States presidential election in Minnesota took place on November 5, 1912, in Minnesota as part of the 1912 United States presidential election.

The Progressive candidate, former President Theodore Roosevelt, won the state over the Democratic candidate, New Jersey governor Woodrow Wilson, by a margin of 19,430 votes, or 5.82%, while Republican incumbent President William Howard Taft came in third, with just 19.25% of the vote, and perennial Socialist candidate Eugene V. Debs came in fourth while winning the votes of 8.23% of Minnesota voters. Nationally, Wilson won the election, with 435 electoral votes and a landslide 14.44% lead over Roosevelt in the popular vote, while Taft finished third, with 23.17% of the vote, and Debs won a personal record 5.99% of the national popular vote.

Nationally, the 1912 election was the first United States presidential election since 1860 in which there were four candidates who each won more than five percent of the popular vote, the first since 1852 in which the ticket of a party other than the Democratic and Republican parties finished second, and the last, as of the 2016 presidential election, in which the ticket of a party other than the Democratic and Republican parties finished second. It was the only presidential election in American history in which an incumbent President faced both his immediate predecessor and his immediate successor in the general election. As a result of the 1912 election, Woodrow Wilson became the second of only two Democrats elected president between 1860 and 1932. It was also the first presidential election in which all 48 of the contiguous United States participated.

The 1912 election was the first presidential election held since statehood in which the Republican ticket lost in Minnesota, and the only presidential election in which a party other than the Democratic and Republican parties won Minnesota's electoral votes. It was the only presidential election since statehood in which the Republican ticket failed to carry a single county in Minnesota, and the only presidential election in which the Republican ticket finished less than second in the state. Taft's 19.25% still ranks as the lowest percentage of the popular vote any Republican presidential nominee has ever won in Minnesota.

The 1912 election also marked the high water point for the Socialist Party of America, both nationally and in Minnesota. No Socialist Party candidate—before or since—has ever won a higher percentage of the national popular vote than Debs did in 1912, and no Socialist Party candidate for any office has won a higher percentage of the statewide vote in Minnesota. In Minnesota, Debs carried two counties (Beltrami and Lake); nationally, he carried two more (Crawford County, Kansas and Burke County, North Dakota).

With 37.66% of the popular vote, Minnesota would prove to be Roosevelt's fourth-strongest state in terms of popular vote percentage in the 1912 election after South Dakota, California and Michigan.[1]

Results

United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1912[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Progressive Theodore Roosevelt 125,856 37.66% 12
Democratic Woodrow Wilson 106,426 31.84% 0
Republican William Howard Taft (incumbent) 64,334 19.25% 0
Public Ownership Eugene V. Debs 27,505 8.23% 0
Prohibition Eugene W. Chafin 7,886 2.36% 0
Socialist Labor Arthur E. Reimer 2,212 0.66% 0
Totals 334,219 100.00% 12

References

  1. ^ "1912 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "1912 Presidential Election Results, 1912". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
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