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United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1916


United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1916

United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1916
November 7, 1916

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 18 0
Popular vote 268,784 247,885
Percentage 50.54% 46.61%

County Results

President before election

Woodrow Wilson

Elected President

Woodrow Wilson

The 1916 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 7, 1916 as part of the 1916 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose 18 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. Massachusetts 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.

Hughes carried the state with 50.54%, to Wilson's 46.61%, a Republican victory margin of 3.93%. Coming in a distant third was Socialist candidate Allan L. Benson, who took 2.08%.

Massachusetts had long been a typical Yankee Republican bastion in the wake of the Civil War, having voted Republican in every election from 1856 through 1908. However in 1912, former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt had run as a third party candidate against incumbent Republican President William Howard Taft, splitting the Republican vote and allowing Woodrow Wilson as the Democratic candidate to win Massachusetts with a plurality of only 35.53% of the vote. With the Republican base re-united behind Hughes in 1916, Massachusetts was returned to the Republican column.

Hughes won 12 out of 14 counties in the State of Massachusetts, while Wilson won only two. The race was kept close statewide by the fact that Wilson carried Suffolk County, home to the state's capital and largest city, Boston. Wilson's only other county victory was the sparsely populated island of Nantucket. However both candidates had fair levels of support across the state, as neither managed to get more than 60% of the vote in any county. As Wilson narrowly won re-election nationwide, Massachusetts ended weighing in as about 7% more Republican than the national average.

Wilson is the last Democrat to win a presidential election while losing both Massachusetts and neighboring Rhode Island (he had previously carried both states in 1912).


United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1916[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Charles Evans Hughes 268,784 50.54% 18
Democratic Woodrow Wilson 247,885 46.61% 0
Socialist Allan L. Benson 11,058 2.08% 0
Prohibition Frank Hanly 2,993 0.56% 0
Socialist Labor Arthur E. Reimer 1,097 0.21% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 6 0.00% 0
Totals 531,823 100.00% 18


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