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1924 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1924 United States presidential election in Maine 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 six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1924 United States presidential election in Maine

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  John Calvin Coolidge, Bain bw photo portrait.jpg John William Davis.jpg Robert M La Follette, Sr.jpg
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 6 0 0
Popular vote 138,440 41,964 11,382
Percentage 72.03% 21.83% 5.92%

President before election

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

Elected President

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

Maine voted 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. La Follette’s support base was primarily among rural German and Scandinavian Americans,[1] and he possessed little appeal in the Northeast outside a few New York and Boston anti-Prohibition precincts. Excluding the former Confederacy – where the lower classes were almost entirely disfranchised – Maine was La Follette’s seventh-weakest of thirty-seven states, and he exceeded seven percent only in heavily Québecois Androscoggin County.

The 1920s were a fiercely Republican decade in American politics, and Maine 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,[2] who had little appeal in Northeastern states like Maine.

Coolidge won Maine by a landslide margin of 50.20 percent. His victory was also enjoyed a unique personal popularity which helped him in the state and the rest of New England. He 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 the New England region.

With 72.03% of the popular vote, Maine would prove to be Coolidge's third strongest state in the 1924 election in terms of popular vote percentage after Vermont and Michigan.[3]

ResultsEdit

1924 United States presidential election in Maine[4]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Republican Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts Charles Gates Dawes of Illinois 138,440 72.03% 6 100.00%
Democratic John William Davis of West Virginia Charles Wayland Bryan of Nebraska 41,964 21.83% 0 0.00%
Progressive Robert Marion La Follette of Wisconsin Burton Kendall Wheeler of Montana 11,382 5.92% 0 0.00%
Socialist Labor Frank Tetes Johns of Oregon Verne L. Reynolds of New York 406 0.21% 0 0.00%
Total 192,192 100.00% 6 100.00%

Results by countyEdit

John Calvin Coolidge
Republican
John William Davis
Democratic
Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
Progressive[5]
Frank Tetes Johns
Socialist Labor
Margin Total votes cast[6]
County # % # % # % # % # %
Androscoggin 9,680 59.80% 4,733 29.24% 1,743 10.77% 31 0.19% 4,947 30.56% 16,187
Aroostook 9,554 81.61% 1,510 12.90% 626 5.35% 17 0.15% 8,044 68.71% 11,707
Cumberland 26,187 73.31% 7,078 19.82% 2,398 6.71% 56 0.16% 19,109 53.50% 35,719
Franklin 3,389 72.40% 1,123 23.99% 156 3.33% 13 0.28% 2,266 48.41% 4,681
Hancock 5,474 77.37% 1,392 19.67% 195 2.76% 14 0.20% 4,082 57.70% 7,075
Kennebec 13,122 72.26% 4,184 23.04% 827 4.55% 26 0.14% 8,938 49.22% 18,159
Knox 4,919 69.99% 1,770 25.18% 272 3.87% 67 0.95% 3,149 44.81% 7,028
Lincoln 3,311 77.36% 878 20.51% 82 1.92% 9 0.21% 2,433 56.85% 4,280
Oxford 7,062 69.90% 2,563 25.37% 466 4.61% 12 0.12% 4,499 44.53% 10,103
Penobscot 15,081 74.93% 3,618 17.97% 1,386 6.89% 43 0.21% 11,463 56.95% 20,128
Piscataquis 4,031 75.94% 974 18.35% 300 5.65% 3 0.06% 3,057 57.59% 5,308
Sagadahoc 3,518 73.26% 1,084 22.57% 193 4.02% 7 0.15% 2,434 50.69% 4,802
Somerset 6,855 73.83% 1,822 19.62% 579 6.24% 29 0.31% 5,033 54.21% 9,285
Waldo 4,003 75.80% 1,125 21.30% 149 2.82% 4 0.08% 2,878 54.50% 5,281
Washington 6,010 69.71% 2,106 24.43% 483 5.60% 22 0.26% 3,904 45.28% 8,621
York 16,244 68.17% 6,004 25.20% 1,527 6.41% 53 0.22% 10,240 42.97% 23,828
Totals 138,440 72.03% 41,964 21.83% 11,382 5.92% 406 0.21% 96,476 50.20% 192,192

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stark, Rodney and Christiano, Kevin J.; ‘Support for the American Left, 1920-1924: The Opiate Thesis Reconsidered’; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 31, No. 1 (March, 1992), pp. 62-75
  2. ^ Roseboom, Eugene Holloway and Eckes, Alfred E.; A History of Presidential Elections, from George Washington to Jimmy Carter; pp. 151-158 ISBN 0020364202
  3. ^ "1924 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ "1924 Presidential General Election Results – Maine". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ Géoelections; Popular Vote for Robert LaFollette (.xlsx file for €15)
  6. ^ Robinson, Edgar Eugene; The Presidential Vote; 1896-1932 (second edition); pp. 223-224 Published 1947 by Stanford University Press