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United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1936

The 1936 United States presidential election in Minnesota took place on November 3, 1936, in Minnesota as part of the 1936 United States presidential election.

United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1936
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Nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt Alf Landon William Lemke
Party Democratic Republican Union
Home state New York Kansas North Dakota
Running mate John Nance Garner Frank Knox Thomas C. O'Brien
Electoral vote 11 0 0
Popular vote 698,811 350,461 74,296
Percentage 61.8% 31.0% 6.6%

County Results

President before election

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Elected President

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Democratic candidate, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt won the state over Kansas governor Alf Landon by a margin of 348,350 votes, or 30.83%—nearly doubling Landon’s overall share of the state’s vote. Nationally, Roosevelt was soundly re-elected, with 523 electoral votes and a landslide 24.26% lead over Landon in the popular vote. Landon carried only two states: Maine and Vermont, whilst in Minnesota Landon won just three counties: Otter Tail in the rural west, Carver in the exurban Twin Cities, and southeastern Fillmore County. Of these, only Fillmore has ever voted Democratic in a presidential election since,[1] doing so initially in Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide, and in every election from 1992 to 2012.

Only five presidential nominees have ever won a greater percentage of the vote in Minnesota than Roosevelt did in 1936: Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 (74%), Warren G. Harding in 1920 (70.6%), Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 (63.8%), Abraham Lincoln in 1860 (63.5%), and James A. Garfield in 1880 (62.3%)—every one of them going on to win the election nationally.


United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1936[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt (incumbent) 698,811 61.84% 11
Republican Alf Landon 350,461 31.01% 0
Union William Lemke 74,296 6.58% 0
Socialist Norman Thomas 2,872 0.25% 0
Communist Earl Browder 2,574 0.23% 0
Socialist Labor John W. Aiken 961 0.09% 0
Totals 1,129,975 100.00% 11


  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ "1936 Presidential Election Results, 1936". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2016-10-05.