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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1936


United States presidential election in Vermont, 1936

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1936

November 3, 1936

Nominee Alf Landon Franklin D. Roosevelt
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Kansas New York
Running mate Frank Knox John N. Garner
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 81,023 62,124
Percentage 56.39% 43.24%

County Results

President before election

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Elected President

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The 1936 United States Presidential Election in Vermont took place on November 3, 1936 as part of the 1936 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Vermont voted for the Republican nominee, Governor Alf Landon of Kansas, over the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York. Landon's running mate was newspaper publisher Frank Knox of Illinois, while Roosevelt ran with incumbent Vice President John Nance Garner of Texas.

Landon took 56.39% of the vote, to Roosevelt's 43.24%, a margin of 13.15%.

Vermont historically was a bastion of liberal Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1936 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party. From 1856 to 1932, Vermont had had the longest streak of voting Republican of any state, having never voted Democratic before, and this tradition continued even in the midst of a nationwide Democratic landslide in 1936. It would not vote Democratic until 1964.

Vermont had been one of only six states to vote to re-elect embattled incumbent Republican President Herbert Hoover over FDR in the latter's 1932 landslide, and in 1936, it was one of only two states in the entire nation (along with nearby Maine) to vote for Alf Landon over the wildly popular Roosevelt. Vermont and Maine would ultimately be the only states to reject FDR in all four of his presidential campaigns.

In terms of vote share, Vermont was the most Republican state in the nation, and in terms of margin, it was the second most Republican state after Maine, as populist William Lemke took votes away from Roosevelt in Maine but was not on the ballot in Vermont. Vermont would weigh in as a whopping 37% more Republican than the national average in the 1936 election.

Landon carried 11 of the state's 14 counties, breaking 60% in 7 of them. But the three northwestern counties of Vermont had become Democratic enclaves in an otherwise Republican state, and Roosevelt once again won Chittenden County, Franklin County and Grand Isle County for the Democrats.

As of 2012, even after many years as a classic "blue" state that usually supports Democratic presidential candidates, Vermont has voted for more Republican presidential nominees than any other state. From 1856 through 1960 and from 1968 to 1988, Vermont gave the state's electoral votes to the Republican Party nominee in every presidential election. No other state has voted so many times in a row for candidates of the same political party.


United States presidential election in Vermont, 1936[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Alfred Landon 81,023 56.39% 3
Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt 62,124 43.24% 0
Communist Earl Browder 405 0.28% 0
N/A Write-ins 137 0.10% 0
Totals 143,689 100.00% 3


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