1896 Presidential General Election Results
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Candidate
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Party
Popular VoteElectoral Vote
William McKinleyGarret HobartRepublican 7,112,138 51.02% 271 60.6%
William BryanArthur Sewall
Thomas Watson
Democratic 6,510,807 46.71% 176 39.4%
John PalmerSimon BucknerNational Democrat 133,537 0.96% 0 0.0%
Joshua LeveringHale JohnsonProhibition 124,896 0.90% 0 0.0%
Charles MatchettMatthew MaguireSocialist Labor 36,359 0.26% 0 0.0%
Charles BentleyJames SouthgateNational Prohibition 19,367 0.14% 0 0.0%
Write-ins-- 1,570 0.01% 0 0.0%
Total13,938,674447
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  • Democratic electoral votes were cast for two Vice Presidential candidates: Arthur Sewall (149) and Thomas Watson (27). Click on Elect Vote button for details.
  • In California, the direct election of the nine presidential electors combined with the closeness of the race resulted in a split between the Republican and Democratic electors: eight for McKinley and one for Bryan. The elector whom received the most votes was an elector for McKinley.
  • In Kentucky, the direct election of the 13 presidential electors combined with the closeness of the race resulted in a split between the Republican and Democratic electors: twelve for McKinley and one for Bryan. The elector whom received the most votes was an elector for McKinley.
  • Electoral Vote Map Note: there is no implied geographical significance as to the location of the shaded areas in states with split electoral votes.
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