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Alaska's electoral votes in U.S. presidential elections 1960-2020

The U.S. presidential election has been contested in Alaska on 16 occasions since 1960, and Alaska has successfully voted for the winning candidate in nine of these elections, giving an overall success rate of 56 percent. In these 16 elections, Alaska has always voted for a major party candidate and voted for the Republican candidate 15 times; the only time where Alaska voted for a Democrat nominee was in the 1964 election, as the Republican nominee, Barry M. Goldwater, failed to gain the support of his party during the election campaign. Since being admitted to the union in 1959, Alaska's designated number of electoral college votes has remained at three per election, which is the joint-lowest number of any state. No U.S. president or major party candidate has ever come from Alaska, although the state's former Governor, Sarah Palin, ran as John McCain's vice presidential nominee in the 2008 election. Alaska proved to be a comfortable victory for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, as he carried the state by roughly 11 percent of the popular vote .

Number of electoral votes from Alaska designated to each party's candidate in U.S. presidential elections from 1960 to 2020

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United States (Alaska)

Survey time period

1960 to 2020

Supplementary notes

*Overall winner.

**Provisional data, subject to change following the meeting of electors on December 14, 2020.

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