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1888 United States presidential election in New York

The 1888 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 6, 1888. All contemporary 38 states were part of the 1888 United States presidential election. New York voters chose 36 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

1888 United States presidential election in New York

← 1884 November 6, 1888 1892 →
Turnout92.3%[1] Increase 4.8 pp
  BHarrison.jpg StephenGroverCleveland.png
Nominee Benjamin Harrison Grover Cleveland
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Indiana New York
Running mate Levi P. Morton Allen G. Thurman
Electoral vote 36 0
Popular vote 650,338 635,965
Percentage 49.28% 48.19%

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County Results
  Cleveland—50-60%
  Cleveland—<50%
  Harrison—<50%
  Harrison—50-60%
  Harrison—60-70%

President before election

Grover Cleveland
Democratic

Elected President

Benjamin Harrison
Republican

New York was won by the Republican nominees, former Senator Benjamin Harrison of Indiana and his running mate former Congressman Levi P. Morton of New York. Harrison and Morton defeated the Democratic nominees, incumbent President Grover Cleveland of New York and his running mate former Senator Allen G. Thurman of Ohio.

Harrison narrowly carried New York State with a plurality of 49.28% of the vote to Cleveland's 48.19%, a victory margin of 1.09%. In a distant third came the Prohibition Party candidate Clinton B. Fisk with 2.29%.

New York weighed in for this election as less than 2% more Republican than the national average.

Cleveland's narrow defeat in his home state, losing its 36 electoral votes, ultimately cost him the 1888 election, despite the fact that Cleveland won the nationwide popular vote by nearly a point. Cleveland had narrowly won New York State four years earlier in his initial 1884 presidential campaign, but strong opposition to Cleveland from the corrupt Tammany Hall machine, which held significant influence over New York's politics, helped to narrowly tip the state to Harrison in 1888.

Cleveland performed most strongly downstate in the New York City area, where he won New York County, Kings County, Queens County, and Richmond County. Cleveland also won nearby Westchester County and Rockland County. Harrison, however, dominated in much of upstate New York, including a victory in Erie County, home to the city of Buffalo, although Cleveland did manage to win Albany County, home to the state capital of Albany, along with several rural upstate counties.

ResultsEdit

1888 United States presidential election in New York[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Benjamin Harrison 650,338 49.28% 36
Democratic Grover Cleveland 635,965 48.19% 0
Prohibition Clinton B. Fisk 30,231 2.29% 0
Socialist Labor (Slate of independent electors) 2,068 0.16% 0
Union Labor Alson Streeter 627 0.05% 0
United Labor Robert Hall Cowdrey 519 0.04% 0
Totals 1,319,748 100.0% 36

County ResultsEdit

County Region Dem Rep Ind Oth Total
Albany Capitol 21,037 19,362 408 46 40,853
Allegany Western 3,625 7,067 1,174 241 12,107
Broome Southern 6,447 8,405 796 5 15,653
Cattaraugus Western 6,173 8,586 857 118 15,734
Cayuga Central 6,380 9,646 626 42 16,694
Chautauqua Western 6,178 12,108 893 65 19,244
Chemung Southern 6,037 5,467 376 18 11,898
Chenango Southern 4,640 5,798 605 3 11,046
Clinton North C. 4,724 6,271 61 0 11,056
Columbia Capitol 6,037 6,447 292 0 12,776
Cortland Central 3,163 4,732 555 5 8,455
Delaware Southern 5,332 6,602 677 6 12,617
Dutchess Hudson V. 9,249 10,265 634 0 20,148
Erie Western 29,543 31,612 735 27 61,917
Essex North C. 2,930 5,043 124 0 8,097
Franklin North C. 3,028 5,757 101 0 8,886
Fulton and Hamilton Mohawk V. 4,634 5,892 396 3 10,925
Genesee Capitol 3,633 4,952 408 0 8,993
Greene North C. 4,494 4,460 284 2 9,240
Herkimer Mohawk V. 5,611 6,683 341 5 12,640
Jefferson North C. 7,562 9,861 702 11 18,136
Kings NYC 82,507 70,052 1,116 314 153,989
Lewis North C. 3,807 4,369 172 1 8,349
Livingston Finger L. 4,067 5,584 531 7 10,189
Madison Central 4,641 7,199 515 4 12,359
Monroe Finger L. 16,677 21,650 1,343 18 39,688
Montgomery Mohawk V. 5,677 6,365 149 7 12,198
New York NYC 162,735 106,922 1,126 1,950 272,733
Niagara Western 6,429 6,886 682 2 13,999
Oneida Mohawk V. 14,276 16,241 846 5 31,368
Onondaga Central 14,001 20,144 747 49 34,941
Ontario Finger L. 5,753 6,957 376 3 13,089
Orange Hudson V. 10,852 11,261 637 3 22,753
Orleans Finger L. 3,214 4,277 734 3 8,228
Oswego Central 7,429 11,296 625 4 19,354
Otsego Mohawk V. 6,972 7,829 563 2 15,366
Putnam Hudson V. 1,515 2,098 109 0 3,722
Queens NYC 12,683 11,017 243 32 23,975
Rensselaer Capitol 15,410 15,718 541 8 31,677
Richmond NYC 5,764 4,100 168 11 10,043
Rockland Hudson V. 3,939 3,013 248 3 7,203
Saratoga Capitol 6,570 8,594 646 0 15,810
Schenectady Capitol 3,328 3,633 158 0 7,119
Schoharie Mohawk V. 5,006 3,696 223 12 8,937
Schuyler Southern 1,975 2,704 219 4 4,902
Seneca Finger L. 3,705 3,576 156 2 7,439
St. Lawrence North C. 6,509 14,611 506 2 21,628
Steuben Southern 9,154 11,637 1,106 20 21,917
Suffolk Long Is. 6,600 7,167 492 8 14,267
Sullivan Hudson V. 3,757 3,860 156 0 7,773
Tioga Southern 3,609 4,852 381 30 8,872
Tompkins Central 3,909 5,073 317 64 9,363
Ulster Hudson V. 10,487 10,825 523 3 21,838
Warren Capitol 2,883 4,135 314 1 7,333
Washington Capitol 4,284 8,023 385 1 12,693
Wayne Finger L. 5,120 7,850 619 9 13,598
Westchester Hudson V. 14,948 13,799 703 29 29,479
Wyoming Finger L. 3,166 4,899 524 0 8,589
Yates Finger L. 2,150 3,410 287 6 5,853
635,965 650,338 30,231 3,214 1,319,748

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, part 2, p. 1072.
  2. ^ "1888 Presidential Election Results - New York". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2013-10-08.