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United States presidential election in Virginia, 1940

The 1940 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 5, 1940. Voters chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

United States presidential election in Virginia, 1940

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Nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt Wendell Willkie
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York New York
Running mate Henry A. Wallace Charles L. McNary
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 235,961 109,363
Percentage 68.08% 31.55%

President before election

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic

Elected President

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic

Virginia voted for the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt, over the Republican nominee, attorney Wendell Willkie. Roosevelt ultimately won the national election with 54.74 percent of the vote. The election would be the last time Fairfax County, Virginia's most populous county would vote Democratic until 2004. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time the Democratic nominee has won the counties of Greene,[1] Madison[2] and Wythe.[3] It also proved the last time the Democrats would win Montgomery County until Bill Clinton did so in 1992.[4]

ResultsEdit

United States presidential election in Virginia, 1940[5]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt (inc.) 235,961 68.08% 11
Republican Wendell Willkie 109,363 31.55% 0
Prohibition Roger Babson 882 0.25% 0
Socialist Norman Thomas 282 0.08% 0
Communist Earl Browder 71 0.02% 0
Socialist Labor John W. Aiken 48 0.01% 0
Totals 346,607 100.00% 11
Voter turnout (Voting age) 22.0%[6]

Results by countyEdit

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Democratic
Wendell Lewis Willkie
Republican
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast[7]
County or Independent City # % # % # % # % #
Accomack County 1,476 62.38% 882 37.28% 8 0.34% 594 25.11% 2,366
Albemarle County 1,648 67.05% 804 32.71% 6 0.24% 844 34.34% 2,458
Alleghany County 2,153 64.67% 1,164 34.97% 12 0.36% 989 29.71% 3,329
Amelia County 562 67.63% 267 32.13% 2 0.24% 295 35.50% 831
Amherst County 2,048 87.26% 292 12.44% 7 0.30% 1,756 74.82% 2,347
Appomattox County 1,144 83.93% 215 15.77% 4 0.29% 929 68.16% 1,363
Arlington County 5,440 55.16% 4,365 44.26% 57 0.58% 1,075 10.90% 9,862
Augusta County 2,774 60.78% 1,768 38.74% 22 0.48% 1,006 22.04% 4,564
Bath County 630 54.17% 527 45.31% 6 0.52% 103 8.86% 1,163
Bedford County 2,535 75.90% 791 23.68% 14 0.42% 1,744 52.22% 3,340
Bland County 753 51.97% 693 47.83% 3 0.21% 60 4.14% 1,449
Botetourt County 1,329 54.87% 1,085 44.80% 8 0.33% 244 10.07% 2,422
Brunswick County 1,288 88.46% 164 11.26% 4 0.27% 1,124 77.20% 1,456
Buchanan County 2,554 66.37% 1,291 33.55% 3 0.08% 1,263 32.82% 3,848
Buckingham County 829 73.82% 289 25.73% 5 0.45% 540 48.09% 1,123
Campbell County 2,358 83.65% 456 16.18% 5 0.18% 1,902 67.47% 2,819
Caroline County 1,136 78.51% 305 21.08% 6 0.41% 831 57.43% 1,447
Carroll County 1,546 45.66% 1,835 54.19% 5 0.15% -289 -8.54% 3,386
Charles City County 238 72.12% 92 27.88% 0 0.00% 146 44.24% 330
Charlotte County 1,467 85.24% 251 14.58% 3 0.17% 1,216 70.66% 1,721
Chesterfield County 3,354 78.71% 879 20.63% 28 0.66% 2,475 58.08% 4,261
Clarke County 1,043 75.58% 333 24.13% 4 0.29% 710 51.45% 1,380
Craig County 656 68.55% 299 31.24% 2 0.21% 357 37.30% 957
Culpeper County 1,208 67.34% 579 32.27% 7 0.39% 629 35.06% 1,794
Cumberland County 396 70.84% 157 28.09% 6 1.07% 239 42.75% 559
Dickenson County 2,551 58.74% 1,785 41.10% 7 0.16% 766 17.64% 4,343
Dinwiddie County 1,129 80.64% 264 18.86% 7 0.50% 865 61.79% 1,400
Elizabeth City County 2,337 77.90% 652 21.73% 11 0.37% 1,685 56.17% 3,000
Essex County 547 78.93% 145 20.92% 1 0.14% 402 58.01% 693
Fairfax County 3,263 57.65% 2,371 41.89% 26 0.46% 892 15.76% 5,660
Fauquier County 1,874 71.07% 756 28.67% 7 0.27% 1,118 42.40% 2,637
Floyd County 729 32.93% 1,482 66.94% 3 0.14% -753 -34.01% 2,214
Fluvanna County 579 70.52% 241 29.35% 1 0.12% 338 41.17% 821
Franklin County 2,037 68.63% 925 31.17% 6 0.20% 1,112 37.47% 2,968
Frederick County 1,631 67.79% 773 32.13% 2 0.08% 858 35.66% 2,406
Giles County 1,716 62.54% 1,024 37.32% 4 0.15% 692 25.22% 2,744
Gloucester County 937 79.41% 241 20.42% 2 0.17% 696 58.98% 1,180
Goochland County 820 81.67% 180 17.93% 4 0.40% 640 63.75% 1,004
Grayson County 2,703 48.91% 2,806 50.78% 17 0.31% -103 -1.86% 5,526
Greene County 363 56.28% 282 43.72% 0 0.00% 81 12.56% 645
Greensville County 843 84.38% 152 15.22% 4 0.40% 691 69.17% 999
Halifax County 3,441 89.94% 373 9.75% 12 0.31% 3,068 80.19% 3,826
Hanover County 1,347 78.36% 364 21.18% 8 0.47% 983 57.18% 1,719
Henrico County 3,993 66.25% 2,005 33.27% 29 0.48% 1,988 32.98% 6,027
Henry County 1,795 78.73% 474 20.79% 11 0.48% 1,321 57.94% 2,280
Highland County 549 46.45% 628 53.13% 5 0.42% -79 -6.68% 1,182
Isle of Wight County 1,138 84.55% 208 15.45% 0 0.00% 930 69.09% 1,346
James City County 306 67.40% 146 32.16% 2 0.44% 160 35.24% 454
King and Queen County 365 74.49% 124 25.31% 1 0.20% 241 49.18% 490
King George County 515 75.40% 167 24.45% 1 0.15% 348 50.95% 683
King William County 697 74.79% 235 25.21% 0 0.00% 462 49.57% 932
Lancaster County 711 68.63% 317 30.60% 8 0.77% 394 38.03% 1,036
Lee County 4,180 61.39% 2,623 38.52% 6 0.09% 1,557 22.87% 6,809
Loudoun County 2,156 66.73% 1,061 32.84% 14 0.43% 1,095 33.89% 3,231
Louisa County 896 60.46% 573 38.66% 13 0.88% 323 21.79% 1,482
Lunenburg County 1,213 89.26% 144 10.60% 2 0.15% 1,069 78.66% 1,359
Madison County 692 51.56% 646 48.14% 4 0.30% 46 3.43% 1,342
Mathews County 592 62.51% 349 36.85% 6 0.63% 243 25.66% 947
Mecklenburg County 2,402 88.54% 308 11.35% 3 0.11% 2,094 77.18% 2,713
Middlesex County 586 82.19% 125 17.53% 2 0.28% 461 64.66% 713
Montgomery County 2,168 53.20% 1,890 46.38% 17 0.42% 278 6.82% 4,075
Nansemond County 1,408 91.55% 129 8.39% 1 0.07% 1,279 83.16% 1,538
Nelson County 1,291 79.40% 330 20.30% 5 0.31% 961 59.10% 1,626
New Kent County 286 68.26% 133 31.74% 0 0.00% 153 36.52% 419
Norfolk County 3,821 85.39% 639 14.28% 15 0.34% 3,182 71.11% 4,475
Northampton County 866 70.52% 359 29.23% 3 0.24% 507 41.29% 1,228
Northumberland County 712 64.61% 386 35.03% 4 0.36% 326 29.58% 1,102
Nottoway County 1,290 77.06% 373 22.28% 11 0.66% 917 54.78% 1,674
Orange County 1,283 72.94% 464 26.38% 12 0.68% 819 46.56% 1,759
Page County 1,596 49.30% 1,630 50.36% 11 0.34% -34 -1.05% 3,237
Patrick County 1,479 73.99% 514 25.71% 6 0.30% 965 48.27% 1,999
Pittsylvania County 3,710 83.28% 728 16.34% 17 0.38% 2,982 66.94% 4,455
Powhatan County 510 76.23% 157 23.47% 2 0.30% 353 52.77% 669
Prince Edward County 1,110 77.35% 313 21.81% 12 0.84% 797 55.54% 1,435
Prince George County 766 82.81% 156 16.86% 3 0.32% 610 65.95% 925
Prince William County 1,435 73.97% 500 25.77% 5 0.26% 935 48.20% 1,940
Princess Anne County 1,689 79.04% 445 20.82% 3 0.14% 1,244 58.21% 2,137
Pulaski County 2,226 68.39% 1,023 31.43% 6 0.18% 1,203 36.96% 3,255
Rappahannock County 588 72.06% 225 27.57% 3 0.37% 363 44.49% 816
Richmond County 475 64.10% 257 34.68% 9 1.21% 218 29.42% 741
Roanoke County 3,539 60.11% 2,302 39.10% 47 0.80% 1,237 21.01% 5,888
Rockbridge County 1,618 63.83% 902 35.58% 15 0.59% 716 28.24% 2,535
Rockingham County 2,569 46.34% 2,922 52.71% 53 0.96% -353 -6.37% 5,544
Russell County 3,109 59.79% 2,080 40.00% 11 0.21% 1,029 19.79% 5,200
Scott County 2,474 45.28% 2,982 54.58% 8 0.15% -508 -9.30% 5,464
Shenandoah County 2,450 40.89% 3,527 58.87% 14 0.23% -1,077 -17.98% 5,991
Smyth County 2,420 52.95% 2,134 46.70% 16 0.35% 286 6.26% 4,570
Southampton County 1,508 87.02% 213 12.29% 12 0.69% 1,295 74.73% 1,733
Spotsylvania County 785 68.02% 365 31.63% 4 0.35% 420 36.40% 1,154
Stafford County 803 63.28% 463 36.49% 3 0.24% 340 26.79% 1,269
Surry County 658 84.58% 120 15.42% 0 0.00% 538 69.15% 778
Sussex County 737 81.62% 164 18.16% 2 0.22% 573 63.46% 903
Tazewell County 3,108 56.80% 2,356 43.06% 8 0.15% 752 13.74% 5,472
Warren County 1,338 73.00% 491 26.79% 4 0.22% 847 46.21% 1,833
Warwick County 1,065 77.57% 305 22.21% 3 0.22% 760 55.35% 1,373
Washington County 3,245 54.30% 2,697 45.13% 34 0.57% 548 9.17% 5,976
Westmoreland County 845 70.24% 357 29.68% 1 0.08% 488 40.57% 1,203
Wise County 4,538 75.66% 1,448 24.14% 12 0.20% 3,090 51.52% 5,998
Wythe County 1,695 52.72% 1,507 46.87% 13 0.40% 188 5.85% 3,215
York County 787 80.31% 177 18.06% 16 1.63% 610 62.24% 980
Alexandria City 4,004 68.67% 1,802 30.90% 25 0.43% 2,202 37.76% 5,831
Bristol City 1,465 76.94% 423 22.22% 16 0.84% 1,042 54.73% 1,904
Buena Vista City 280 70.89% 113 28.61% 2 0.51% 167 42.28% 395
Charlottesville City 1,759 69.94% 743 29.54% 13 0.52% 1,016 40.40% 2,515
Clifton Forge City 1,179 76.41% 353 22.88% 11 0.71% 826 53.53% 1,543
Danville City 3,324 80.27% 787 19.01% 30 0.72% 2,537 61.27% 4,141
Fredericksburg City 1,037 66.26% 522 33.35% 6 0.38% 515 32.91% 1,565
Hampton City 975 81.66% 215 18.01% 4 0.34% 760 63.65% 1,194
Harrisonburg City 1,462 58.93% 1,000 40.31% 19 0.77% 462 18.62% 2,481
Hopewell City 981 76.05% 308 23.88% 1 0.08% 673 52.17% 1,290
Lynchburg City 4,656 70.22% 1,966 29.65% 9 0.14% 2,690 40.57% 6,631
Martinsville City 980 78.15% 269 21.45% 5 0.40% 711 56.70% 1,254
Newport News City 3,907 81.41% 863 17.98% 29 0.60% 3,044 63.43% 4,799
Norfolk City 10,783 75.38% 3,485 24.36% 36 0.25% 7,298 51.02% 14,304
Petersburg City 2,193 77.90% 604 21.46% 18 0.64% 1,589 56.45% 2,815
Portsmouth City 5,053 87.83% 675 11.73% 25 0.43% 4,378 76.10% 5,753
Radford City 793 65.21% 417 34.29% 6 0.49% 376 30.92% 1,216
Richmond City 19,332 75.99% 6,031 23.71% 76 0.30% 13,301 52.29% 25,439
Roanoke City 6,942 65.85% 3,553 33.70% 47 0.45% 3,389 32.15% 10,542
South Norfolk City 920 85.50% 156 14.50% 0 0.00% 764 71.00% 1,076
Staunton City 1,042 59.75% 687 39.39% 15 0.86% 355 20.36% 1,744
Suffolk City 1,215 76.03% 383 23.97% 0 0.00% 832 52.07% 1,598
Williamsburg City 367 67.84% 168 31.05% 6 1.11% 199 36.78% 541
Winchester City 1,114 53.89% 945 45.72% 8 0.39% 169 8.18% 2,067
Totals 235,961 68.08% 109,363 31.55% 1,284 0.37% 126,598 36.52% 346,608

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard; Greene County, Virginia
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard; Madison County, Virginia
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard; Wythe County, Virginia
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard; Montgomery County, Virginia
  5. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1940election.pdf
  6. ^ Williamson, Hugh P.; ‘Evolution of the Franchise in England and the United States’; The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, vol. 6, no. 3 (April 1947), pp. 403-419
  7. ^ Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; pp. 474-476 ISBN 0405077114