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1936 United States presidential election in Minnesota

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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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  Franklin D. Roosevelt - NARA - 196715.jpg LandonPortr.jpg WilliamLemke22.jpg
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%

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County Results

President before election

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic

Elected President

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic

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.

ResultsEdit

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

Results by countyEdit

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Democratic
Alfred Mossman Landon
Republican
William Frederick Lemke[3]
Union
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast[4]
County # % # % # % # % # % #
Aitkin 3,806 57.57% 2,466 37.30% 229 3.46% 110 1.66% 1,340 20.27% 6,611
Anoka 4,501 56.91% 2,586 32.70% 788 9.96% 34 0.43% 1,915 24.21% 7,909
Becker 6,473 68.38% 2,683 28.34% 249 2.63% 61 0.64% 3,790 40.04% 9,466
Beltrami 6,507 72.65% 2,182 24.36% 157 1.75% 111 1.24% 4,325 48.29% 8,957
Benton 3,111 53.52% 1,783 30.67% 905 15.57% 14 0.24% 1,328 22.85% 5,813
Big Stone 2,648 66.22% 1,116 27.91% 221 5.53% 14 0.35% 1,532 38.31% 3,999
Blue Earth 8,255 55.89% 5,550 37.58% 921 6.24% 43 0.29% 2,705 18.32% 14,769
Brown 6,637 64.64% 2,679 26.09% 899 8.76% 52 0.51% 3,958 38.55% 10,267
Carlton 7,136 75.29% 2,163 22.82% 81 0.85% 98 1.03% 4,973 52.47% 9,478
Carver 2,814 38.59% 3,095 42.44% 1,366 18.73% 17 0.23% -281 -3.85% 7,292
Cass 4,440 60.54% 2,634 35.91% 229 3.12% 31 0.42% 1,806 24.63% 7,334
Chippewa 4,027 61.40% 2,223 33.89% 268 4.09% 41 0.63% 1,804 27.50% 6,559
Chisago 3,360 55.26% 2,462 40.49% 229 3.77% 29 0.48% 898 14.77% 6,080
Clay 6,282 65.29% 2,880 29.93% 416 4.32% 43 0.45% 3,402 35.36% 9,621
Clearwater 3,208 75.34% 939 22.05% 92 2.16% 19 0.45% 2,269 53.29% 4,258
Cook 793 65.86% 387 32.14% 18 1.50% 6 0.50% 406 33.72% 1,204
Cottonwood 3,929 59.32% 2,509 37.88% 171 2.58% 14 0.21% 1,420 21.44% 6,623
Crow Wing 6,561 61.47% 3,611 33.83% 431 4.04% 70 0.66% 2,950 27.64% 10,673
Dakota 8,890 57.73% 4,043 26.26% 2,407 15.63% 58 0.38% 4,847 31.48% 15,398
Dodge 2,812 54.73% 2,138 41.61% 176 3.43% 12 0.23% 674 13.12% 5,138
Douglas 4,186 56.84% 2,681 36.41% 474 6.44% 23 0.31% 1,505 20.44% 7,364
Faribault 5,603 56.90% 3,773 38.32% 451 4.58% 20 0.20% 1,830 18.58% 9,847
Fillmore 4,764 45.79% 5,054 48.58% 559 5.37% 27 0.26% -290 -2.79% 10,404
Freeborn 7,378 59.96% 4,653 37.81% 245 1.99% 29 0.24% 2,725 22.15% 12,305
Goodhue 8,257 57.50% 5,682 39.57% 364 2.53% 58 0.40% 2,575 17.93% 14,361
Grant 2,358 57.87% 1,566 38.43% 121 2.97% 30 0.74% 792 19.44% 4,075
Hennepin 144,289 58.78% 81,206 33.08% 18,468 7.52% 1,517 0.62% 63,083 25.70% 245,480
Houston 3,156 51.74% 2,701 44.28% 221 3.62% 22 0.36% 455 7.46% 6,100
Hubbard 2,312 56.92% 1,618 39.83% 106 2.61% 26 0.64% 694 17.09% 4,062
Isanti 3,442 67.19% 1,437 28.05% 201 3.92% 43 0.84% 2,005 39.14% 5,123
Itasca 8,896 69.41% 3,592 28.03% 190 1.48% 139 1.08% 5,304 41.38% 12,817
Jackson 5,187 72.09% 1,676 23.29% 311 4.32% 21 0.29% 3,511 48.80% 7,195
Kanabec 2,579 63.09% 1,350 33.02% 133 3.25% 26 0.64% 1,229 30.06% 4,088
Kandiyohi 6,595 69.25% 2,500 26.25% 352 3.70% 77 0.81% 4,095 43.00% 9,524
Kittson 3,127 73.25% 1,080 25.30% 31 0.73% 31 0.73% 2,047 47.95% 4,269
Koochiching 5,065 77.77% 1,316 20.21% 84 1.29% 48 0.74% 3,749 57.56% 6,513
Lac qui Parle 3,243 54.09% 2,066 34.46% 679 11.32% 8 0.13% 1,177 19.63% 5,996
Lake 2,717 80.15% 617 18.20% 30 0.88% 26 0.77% 2,100 61.95% 3,390
Lake of the Woods 1,566 76.32% 385 18.76% 73 3.56% 28 1.36% 1,181 57.55% 2,052
Le Sueur 5,077 57.27% 2,849 32.14% 920 10.38% 19 0.21% 2,228 25.13% 8,865
Lincoln 2,662 61.42% 1,199 27.66% 448 10.34% 25 0.58% 1,463 33.76% 4,334
Lyon 5,163 61.29% 2,551 30.28% 695 8.25% 15 0.18% 2,612 31.01% 8,424
McLeod 4,449 55.21% 2,941 36.50% 635 7.88% 33 0.41% 1,508 18.71% 8,058
Mahnomen 2,025 76.88% 474 18.00% 120 4.56% 15 0.57% 1,551 58.88% 2,634
Marshall 4,802 70.08% 1,904 27.79% 116 1.69% 30 0.44% 2,898 42.29% 6,852
Martin 6,492 66.08% 3,090 31.45% 215 2.19% 28 0.28% 3,402 34.63% 9,825
Meeker 4,242 56.25% 2,479 32.87% 797 10.57% 24 0.32% 1,763 23.38% 7,542
Mille Lacs 3,767 60.56% 2,091 33.62% 333 5.35% 29 0.47% 1,676 26.95% 6,220
Morrison 6,112 62.06% 2,682 27.23% 1,022 10.38% 32 0.32% 3,430 34.83% 9,848
Mower 8,228 61.01% 4,743 35.17% 467 3.46% 49 0.36% 3,485 25.84% 13,487
Murray 3,926 67.05% 1,601 27.34% 316 5.40% 12 0.20% 2,325 39.71% 5,855
Nicollet 4,136 59.06% 2,360 33.70% 488 6.97% 19 0.27% 1,776 25.36% 7,003
Nobles 4,919 60.94% 2,601 32.22% 531 6.58% 21 0.26% 2,318 28.72% 8,072
Norman 3,778 68.67% 1,570 28.54% 89 1.62% 65 1.18% 2,208 40.13% 5,502
Olmsted 8,958 60.04% 5,316 35.63% 583 3.91% 62 0.42% 3,642 24.41% 14,919
Otter Tail 8,642 47.72% 8,899 49.14% 438 2.42% 131 0.72% -257 -1.42% 18,110
Pennington 3,736 72.47% 1,258 24.40% 100 1.94% 61 1.18% 2,478 48.07% 5,155
Pine 5,797 67.11% 2,452 28.39% 309 3.58% 80 0.93% 3,345 38.72% 8,638
Pipestone 3,026 58.53% 1,881 36.38% 250 4.84% 13 0.25% 1,145 22.15% 5,170
Polk 11,337 73.44% 3,751 24.30% 245 1.59% 104 0.67% 7,586 49.14% 15,437
Pope 3,200 61.05% 1,869 35.65% 159 3.03% 14 0.27% 1,331 25.39% 5,242
Ramsey 86,286 66.00% 30,553 23.37% 13,200 10.10% 689 0.53% 55,733 42.63% 130,728
Red Lake 2,057 77.53% 487 18.36% 89 3.35% 20 0.75% 1,570 59.18% 2,653
Redwood 4,965 55.34% 3,286 36.63% 691 7.70% 30 0.33% 1,679 18.71% 8,972
Renville 5,344 56.53% 3,049 32.25% 1,021 10.80% 39 0.41% 2,295 24.28% 9,453
Rice 5,928 48.09% 4,888 39.65% 1,473 11.95% 38 0.31% 1,040 8.44% 12,327
Rock 2,910 60.15% 1,752 36.21% 163 3.37% 13 0.27% 1,158 23.94% 4,838
Roseau 3,761 71.42% 1,326 25.18% 124 2.35% 55 1.04% 2,435 46.24% 5,266
Saint Louis 69,365 74.18% 22,332 23.88% 709 0.76% 1,104 1.18% 47,033 50.30% 93,510
Scott 3,861 58.87% 1,528 23.30% 1,153 17.58% 17 0.26% 2,333 35.57% 6,559
Sherburne 1,881 50.33% 1,623 43.43% 223 5.97% 10 0.27% 258 6.90% 3,737
Sibley 4,140 61.47% 2,184 32.43% 388 5.76% 23 0.34% 1,956 29.04% 6,735
Stearns 12,760 56.51% 5,262 23.30% 4,485 19.86% 73 0.32% 7,498 33.21% 22,580
Steele 4,481 54.49% 3,373 41.01% 362 4.40% 8 0.10% 1,108 13.47% 8,224
Stevens 2,352 59.42% 1,431 36.15% 167 4.22% 8 0.20% 921 23.27% 3,958
Swift 3,749 62.63% 1,618 27.03% 610 10.19% 9 0.15% 2,131 35.60% 5,986
Todd 5,627 56.26% 3,780 37.79% 575 5.75% 20 0.20% 1,847 18.47% 10,002
Traverse 2,297 73.06% 761 24.20% 82 2.61% 4 0.13% 1,536 48.85% 3,144
Wabasha 4,122 53.55% 2,663 34.60% 893 11.60% 19 0.25% 1,459 18.96% 7,697
Wadena 2,605 56.03% 1,898 40.83% 117 2.52% 29 0.62% 707 15.21% 4,649
Waseca 3,520 55.45% 2,482 39.10% 330 5.20% 16 0.25% 1,038 16.35% 6,348
Washington 6,768 57.80% 3,863 32.99% 1,030 8.80% 49 0.42% 2,905 24.81% 11,710
Watonwan 3,668 63.55% 1,930 33.44% 160 2.77% 14 0.24% 1,738 30.11% 5,772
Wilkin 2,428 61.66% 1,278 32.45% 220 5.59% 12 0.30% 1,150 29.20% 3,938
Winona 9,268 59.60% 5,353 34.42% 850 5.47% 80 0.51% 3,915 25.18% 15,551
Wright 5,363 47.25% 4,087 36.01% 1,842 16.23% 59 0.52% 1,276 11.24% 11,351
Yellow Medicine 3,921 58.71% 2,029 30.38% 717 10.74% 12 0.18% 1,892 28.33% 6,679
Totals 698,811 61.84% 350,459 31.01% 74,296 6.58% 6,407 0.57% 348,352 30.83% 1,129,973

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  3. ^ Géoelections; 1936 Presidential Election Popular Vote (.xlsx file for €15 on request)
  4. ^ Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; pp. 234-235 ISBN 0405077114