1796 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1796 United States presidential election in Virginia took place as part of the 1796 United States presidential election. Voters chose 21 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College,[1] who voted for President and Vice President.

1796 United States presidential election in Virginia

← 1792 November 4 - December 7, 1796 1800 →
  ThomasJeffersonStateRoomPortrait.jpg Official Presidential portrait of John Adams (by John Trumbull, circa 1792).jpg
Nominee Thomas Jefferson John Adams
Party Democratic-Republican Federalist
Home state Virginia Massachusetts
Electoral vote 20 1
Popular vote 3,721 1,722
Percentage 68.36% 31.64%

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County Results

President before election

George Washington
Nonpartisan

Elected President

John Adams
Federalist

Virginia voted for the Democratic-Republican candidate, Thomas Jefferson, over the Federalist candidate, John Adams. Jefferson won Virginia by a margin of 36.72%. Virginia chose electors by popular vote per electoral district and as such granted 1 electoral vote to John Adams.

Prior to the 12th Amendment, electors cast two votes, making no distinction if they were voting for Vice President or President, as such: Thomas Pinckney received 1 electoral vote, Aaron Burr received 1 electoral vote, Samuel Adams received 15 electoral votes, George Clinton received 3 electoral votes and George Washington received 1 electoral vote. It was well-known in 1796 that Jefferson and Adams were intended to be elected as president and Burr and Pinckney for Vice President.

ResultsEdit

1796 United States presidential election in Virginia[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson 3,721 68.36% 20
Federalist John Adams 1,722 31.64% 1
Totals 5,443 100.0% 21

County resultsEdit

County[2] John Adams

Federalist

Thomas Jefferson

Democratic-Republican

Total votes cast
% # % #
Charles City 56.27% 122 43.73% 35 157
Elizabeth City 90.91% 50 9.09% 5 55
Henrico 40.95% 104 59.05% 150 254
James City 8.4% 5 91.6% 55 60
New Kent 48.72% 57 51.28% 60 117
Warwick 0.00% 0 100% 56 56
Williamsburg 64.70% 33 35.30% 18 51
York 25.84% 23 74.16% 66 89
Essex 7.27% 17 92.73% 217 234
Sussex 0.00% 0 100% 118 118
Brunswick 32.59% 132 67.41% 273 405
Dinwiddie 2.89% 6 97.11% 202 208
Mecklenburg 89.70% 366 10.3% 42 366
Powhatan 82.05% 128 17.95% 28 156
Buckingham 0.00% 0 100% 89 89
Cumberland 0.00% 0 100% 127 127
Lunenburg 0.00% 0 100% 60 60
Prince Edward 0.00% 0 100% 43 43
Fairfax 51.97% 185 48.03% 171 356
Prince William 0.46% 1 99.54% 217 218
Stafford 2.66% 5 97.34% 183 188
Berkeley 19.78% 88 80.22% 357 445
Frederick 71.35% 137 28.65% 51 188
Bath 0.00% 0 100% 120 120
Rockbridge 0.00% 0 100% 65 65
Fauquier 55.20% 175 44.8% 142 317
Loudoun 23.47% 138 76.53% 450 588

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1796 ELECTION FOR THE THIRD TERM, 1797-1801". National Archives. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "A New Nation Votes". elections.lib.tufts.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-22.