Georgia's electoral votes in U.S. presidential elections 1789-2016

Georgia has taken part in every presidential election contested in the United States, apart from the 1864 election, when Georgia was a member of the Confederacy. In these 57 elections, Georgia has voted for the winning candidate 33 times, giving a success rate of 58 percent. As with most southern states, Georgia has traditionally voted for the more conservative candidate of the major parties; primarily voting Democrat in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, before switching to the Republican Party in the 1960s (although it was considered a swing state in the 1970s and 1980s). Major party candidates have won the popular vote in Georgia in every elections, except in 1968 when George Wallace of the American Independent Party carried the state. As of the 2016 election, Georgia has voted for the Democratic nominee 33 times, including every possible election from 1852 until 1960, and the Republican nominee on ten occasions, including the six most recent elections. In the 2020 election, Georgia is expected to vote for the incumbent President Donald Trump, although polling from June does show Joe Biden with a slight lead in the Peach State.

Exceptions

As previously mentioned, Georgia has predominantly voted Republican since the 1960s, however it did vote for the Democratic nominee in both the 1976 and 1980 elections. In these elections, Georgia native Jimmy Carter carried his home state with over two thirds of the vote in 1976, and defeated Republican favorite Ronald Reagan by 15 percent in 1980. As of 2020, Jimmy Carter is the only Georgia native to have ascended to the presidency, while John C. Frémont, who was the Republican nominee in 1856, is the only other major party nominee to have been born in Georgia. The only other time where Georgia voted Democrat since the 1960s was in 1992, where Bill Clinton defeated the incumbent President George H. W. Bush by just 0.6 percent of the popular vote; this was the closest result of any state in this election.

Electoral votes

Georgia's allocation of electoral votes has generally increased over the past 230 years, with some fluctuation. It has grown from just four votes in the 1800 election, to sixteen votes in 2012; along with Michigan, this is the eighth-highest allocation in the country, likely making Georgia one of the most influential states in the 2020 election.

Number of electoral votes from Georgia designated to each party's candidate in U.S. presidential elections from 1789 to 2016

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Source

Release date

2020

Region

United States (Georgia)

Survey time period

1789 to 2016

Supplementary notes

*Overall winner.

**Horace Greeley won the popular vote in Georgia, but died before the electoral votes were cast: six of Georgia's electoral votes went to Greeley's running mate, Benjamin Gratz Brown, while two votes were cast for the former Governor of Georgia, Charles J. Jenkins. The remaining three votes were cast for Greeley himself, but these were ultimately rejected.

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