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Delaware's electoral votes in U.S. presidential elections 1789-2020

Delaware became the first U.S. state to ratify the constitution on December 7, 1787, and has participated in every presidential election contested in U.S. history. The state has voted for the winning candidate in 38 out of 59 presidential elections, giving it a success rate of 64 percent (although it sided with the winning candidate in all-but-three elections in the twentieth century). Delaware has consistently voted for a major party candidate, siding with the Democratic nominee in 25 elections, and the Republican nominee in 18 elections. Today, Delaware is considered a "safe" blue state, having voted Democrat since 1992; its former Senator, Joe Biden, won Delaware's popular vote comfortably in 2020 election, by a margin of almost twenty percent.

Biden makes history

By securing the Democratic nomination in the 2020 election, Joe Biden became the first major party candidate to come from the First State. Although he was born and spent his early childhood in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden's family moved to Delaware when he was ten years old. Joe Biden then attended college at the University of Delaware in the 1960s, and represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009, before assuming the role of vice president.

Electoral vote allocation

Over the past two centuries, Delaware has consistently had one of the smallest populations of any state in the United States. Apart from the elections between 1812 and 1820, when it was raised to four, Delaware's designated number of electoral votes has remained at three throughout election history, which is the joint-lowest number of any state.

Number of electoral votes from Delaware designated to each party's candidate in U.S. presidential elections from 1789 to 2020

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United States (Delaware)

Survey time period

1789 to 2020

Supplementary notes

*Overall winner.

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