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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1924

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1924

November 4, 1924

 
Nominee Calvin Coolidge John W. Davis Robert M. La Follette
Party Republican Democratic Progressive
Home state Massachusetts West Virginia Wisconsin
Running mate Charles G. Dawes Charles W. Bryan Burton K. Wheeler
Electoral vote 4 0 0
Popular vote 80,498 16,124 5,964
Percentage 78.22% 15.67% 5.79%

County Results
  Coolidge—60-70%
  Coolidge—70-80%
  Coolidge—80-90%

President before election

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

Elected President

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

The 1924 United States Presidential Election in Vermont took place on November 4, 1924 as part of the 1924 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Vermont voted overwhelmingly for the Republican nominee, incumbent President Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts, over the Democratic nominee, Ambassador John W. Davis of West Virginia. Coolidge ran with former Budget Director Charles G. Dawes of Illinois, while Davis ran with Governor Charles W. Bryan of Nebraska. Also in the running that year was the Progressive Party nominee, Senator Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin and his running mate Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana.

Coolidge won in a massive landslide, taking 78.22% of the vote, while Davis took 15.67%, a Republican victory margin of 62.55%. La Follette came in a distant third with 5.79%.

Vermont historically was a bastion of liberal Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1924 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party. From 1856 to 1920, Vermont had had the longest streak of voting Republican of any state, having never voted Democratic before, and this tradition continued amidst a second consecutive nationwide Republican landslide in 1924.

The 1920s were a fiercely Republican decade in American politics, and Vermont in that era was a fiercely Republican state in presidential elections. The economic boom and social good feelings of the Roaring Twenties under popular Republican leadership virtually guaranteed Calvin Coolidge an easy win in the state against the conservative Southern Democrat John Davis, who had little appeal in Northern states like Vermont.

Calvin Coolidge also enjoyed a unique personal popularity which helped him in the state. Coolidge was the epitome of a traditional New England Yankee, having been born in the small-town of Plymouth Notch, Vermont, and establishing his political career nearby as Governor of Massachusetts. Thus Coolidge remained especially popular with voters across New England, but especially in his birth state, and Vermont would give him an even more overwhelming victory than it had given to Warren G. Harding in 1920. Even with the strong third party candidacy of Robert La Follette, Coolidge in 1924 managed to gain in both vote share and margin over Harding's landslide showing in the state in 1920.

Partly as a consequence of Coolidge's personal popularity in the state, Robert La Follette was not able to attract a large percentage of the vote in Vermont. La Follette had been a Republican Senator prior to mounting his Progressive Party presidential campaign, and in many parts of the country was able to peel off a substantial number of progressive Republican voters. But Vermont Republican voters remained overwhelmingly loyal to Coolidge, and thus while taking 16.61% nationally, La Follette only received 5.79% of the vote in Vermont.

Coolidge swept every county in Vermont by landslide margins, taking more than 60% of the vote in all 14 of them. Coolidge broke 70% of the vote in 11 counties and even broke 80% in 7 of those. Notably, Coolidge received more than 70% of the vote even in Chittenden County, the state's most populous county, home to the state's largest city, Burlington. Just four years later, in 1928, Chittenden County flipped to the Democrats and become a Democratic stronghold in the New Deal era, making Coolidge's dominance there in 1924 remarkable.

Vermont proved to be the most Republican state in the union in 1924, in terms of both vote share and victory margin. Vermont weighed in as a whopping 37% more Republican than the national average in the 1924 election. No Republican presidential candidate since 1924 has managed to surpass Coolidge's performance in Vermont either in terms of vote share or victory margin.

Results

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1924[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Calvin Coolidge 80,498 78.22% 4
Democratic John W. Davis 16,124 15.67% 0
Progressive Robert M. La Follette 5,964 5.79% 0
Prohibition Herman P. Faris 326 0.32% 0
N/A Write-ins 5 0.00% 0
Totals 102,917 100.00% 4

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