1868 United States presidential election in Kentucky

The 1868 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 3, 1868, as part of the 1868 United States presidential election. Voters chose 11 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1868 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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Nominee Horatio Seymour Ulysses S. Grant
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York Illinois
Running mate Francis Preston Blair, Jr. Schuyler Colfax
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 115,889 39,566
Percentage 74.55% 25.45%

President before election

Andrew Johnson

Elected President

Ulysses S. Grant

Kentucky voted for the Democratic nominee, Horatio Seymour over the Republican nominee, Ulysses S. Grant. Seymour won the state by a margin of 49.1%.

With 74.55% of the popular vote, Kentucky would be Seymour's strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote.[1] As of the 2020 presidential election, this remains the strongest-ever performance by a presidential nominee in the Bluegrass State who had a major-party opponent, as well as the last time that Clinton County or Cumberland County would vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.[2]


United States presidential election in Kentucky, 1868[3]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Democratic Horatio Seymour of New York Francis Preston Blair, Jr. of Missouri 115,889 74.55% 11 100.00%
Republican Ulysses S. Grant of Illinois Schuyler Colfax of Indiana 39,566 25.44% 0 0.00%
Total 155,455 100.00% 11 100.00%


  1. ^ "1868 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 207-213 ISBN 0786422173
  3. ^ "1868 Presidential General Election Results - Kentucky".