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1908 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 1908 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 3, 1908 as part of the 1908 United States presidential election. Voters chose 16 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1908 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

← 1904 November 3, 1908 1912 →
Turnout65.1%[1] Decrease 2.5 pp
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Nominee William Howard Taft William Jennings Bryan
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Ohio Nebraska
Running mate James S. Sherman John Worth Kern
Electoral vote 16 0
Popular vote 265,966 155,543
Percentage 58.21% 34.04%

President before election

Theodore Roosevelt

Elected President

William Howard Taft

Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted for the Republican nominee, Secretary of War William Howard Taft, over the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan. Taft won the state by a margin of 24.17%.

Taft was able to win every county in the state of Massachusetts, including a rare Republican victory in Suffolk County, home to the state's capital and largest city, Boston. Bryan had also lost Suffolk County in 1896 but won it in his rematch with William McKinley in 1900.


1908 United States presidential election in Massachusetts[2]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Republican William Howard Taft of Ohio James Schoolcraft Sherman of New York 265,966 58.21% 16 100.00%
Democratic William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska John Worth Kern of Indiana 155,543 34.04% 0 0.00%
Independence Thomas Louis Hisgen of Massachusetts John Temple Graves of Georgia 19,237 4.21% 0 0.00%
Socialist Eugene Victor Debs of Indiana Ben Hanford of New York 10,779 2.36% 0 0.00%
Prohibition Eugene Wilder Chafin of Illinois Aaron Sherman Watkins of Ohio 4,374 0.96% 0 0.00%
Socialist Labor August Gillhaus of New York Donald L. Munro of Virginia 1,011 0.21% 0 0.00%
N/A Others Others 9 0.01% 0 0.00%
Total 456,919 100.00% 16 100.00%


  1. ^ Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, part 2, p. 1072.
  2. ^ "1908 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 23 December 2013.