1900 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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1900 United States presidential election in Kentucky

← 1896 November 6, 1900 1904 →
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Nominee William J. Bryan William McKinley
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Nebraska Ohio
Running mate Adlai Stevenson I Theodore Roosevelt
Electoral vote 13 0
Popular vote 235,126 227,132
Percentage 50.21% 48.51%

Kentucky Presidential Election Results 1900.svg
County Results

President before election

William McKinley
Republican

Elected President

William McKinley
Republican

The 1900 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 6, 1900. All contemporary 45 states were part of the 1900 United States presidential election. Kentucky voters chose 13 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Background and vote[edit]

Ever since the Civil War, Kentucky had been shaped politically by divisions created by that war between secessionist, Democratic counties and Unionist, Republican ones,[1] although the state as a whole leaned Democratic throughout this era and the GOP would never carry the state during the Third Party System.[2] However, the Democratic Party in the state was heavily divided over free silver and the role of corporations in the middle 1890s, and it lost the governorship for the first time in forty years in 1895 due to Populist defections.[3] In 1896, the state’s growing urban and coal mining areas, which unlike most parts of the South had developed economic ties with the Midwest and Northeast and thus opposed free silver,[4] gave William McKinley sufficient support to carry Kentucky by a very narrow margin of 277 votes in what remains the seventh-closest vote for presidential electors on record.[a]

For the rematch in 1900, an early poll had the state in doubt.[5] By the final week of October, polls generally had returning Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan carrying the state,[6] and this he did by a 1.71 percent margin. His win was generally attributed to the fact that urban and coal counties were more tolerant of anti-imperialism (directed against American colonialism in the Pacific islands) than free silver.[4]

Results[edit]

1900 United States presidential election in Kentucky[7]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic William Jennings Bryan 235,126 50.21% 13
Republican William McKinley 227,132 48.51% 0
Prohibition John Woolley 2,890 0.62% 0
Populist Wharton Barker 1,961 0.42% 0
Social Democratic Eugene Debs 766 0.16% 0
Socialist Labor Joseph Maloney 390 0.08% 0
Totals 468,265 100.00% 13
Voter turnout

Results by county[edit]

County William Jennings Bryan[8]
Democratic
William McKinley[8]
Republican
John Granville Woolley[8]
Prohibition
Eugene Victor Debs[8]
Socialist
Various candidates[8]
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # % # % # %
Adair 1,452 45.53% 1,713 53.72% 18 0.56% 0 0.00% 6 0.19% -261 -8.18% 3,189
Allen 1,494 45.67% 1,725 52.74% 22 0.67% 3 0.09% 27 0.83% -231 -7.06% 3,271
Anderson 1,485 55.91% 1,148 43.22% 15 0.56% 1 0.04% 7 0.26% 337 12.69% 2,656
Ballard 1,877 72.84% 670 26.00% 12 0.47% 0 0.00% 18 0.70% 1,207 46.84% 2,577
Barren 3,170 57.77% 2,234 40.71% 40 0.73% 2 0.04% 41 0.75% 936 17.06% 5,487
Bath 1,836 52.22% 1,654 47.04% 15 0.43% 0 0.00% 11 0.31% 182 5.18% 3,516
Bell 748 25.70% 2,142 73.58% 18 0.62% 1 0.03% 2 0.07% -1,394 -47.89% 2,911
Boone 2,302 74.89% 759 24.69% 12 0.39% 0 0.00% 1 0.03% 1,543 50.20% 3,074
Bourbon 2,411 50.66% 2,217 46.59% 29 0.61% 6 0.13% 96 2.02% 194 4.08% 4,759
Boyd 1,514 42.84% 1,995 56.45% 18 0.51% 1 0.03% 6 0.17% -481 -13.61% 3,534
Boyle 1,577 48.15% 1,646 50.26% 41 1.25% 0 0.00% 11 0.34% -69 -2.11% 3,275
Bracken 1,869 58.13% 1,318 41.00% 21 0.65% 1 0.03% 6 0.19% 551 17.14% 3,215
Breathitt 1,573 64.63% 850 34.92% 9 0.37% 2 0.08% 0 0.00% 723 29.70% 2,434
Breckinridge 2,231 46.11% 2,534 52.38% 26 0.54% 0 0.00% 47 0.97% -303 -6.26% 4,838
Bullitt 1,442 64.69% 772 34.63% 11 0.49% 1 0.04% 3 0.13% 670 30.06% 2,229
Butler 1,131 32.20% 2,333 66.43% 31 0.88% 0 0.00% 17 0.48% -1,202 -34.23% 3,512
Caldwell 1,475 46.62% 1,622 51.26% 15 0.47% 1 0.03% 51 1.61% -147 -4.65% 3,164
Calloway 2,876 75.62% 844 22.19% 20 0.53% 0 0.00% 63 1.66% 2,032 53.43% 3,803
Campbell 5,141 46.52% 5,567 50.38% 68 0.62% 208 1.88% 66 0.60% -426 -3.86% 11,050
Carlisle 1,587 73.20% 533 24.58% 37 1.71% 0 0.00% 11 0.51% 1,054 48.62% 2,168
Carroll 1,808 69.97% 749 28.99% 26 1.01% 0 0.00% 1 0.04% 1,059 40.98% 2,584
Carter 1,720 40.99% 2,452 58.44% 16 0.38% 1 0.02% 7 0.17% -732 -17.45% 4,196
Casey 1,302 41.89% 1,786 57.46% 15 0.48% 0 0.00% 5 0.16% -484 -15.57% 3,108
Christian 3,264 41.93% 4,473 57.46% 28 0.36% 0 0.00% 20 0.26% -1,209 -15.53% 7,785
Clark 2,302 54.41% 1,900 44.91% 22 0.52% 1 0.02% 6 0.14% 402 9.50% 4,231
Clay 681 25.71% 1,948 73.54% 9 0.34% 1 0.04% 10 0.38% -1,267 -47.83% 2,649
Clinton 414 27.01% 1,107 72.21% 4 0.26% 1 0.07% 7 0.46% -693 -45.21% 1,533
Crittenden 1,517 44.21% 1,865 54.36% 23 0.67% 0 0.00% 26 0.76% -348 -10.14% 3,431
Cumberland 660 34.38% 1,241 64.64% 14 0.73% 0 0.00% 5 0.26% -581 -30.26% 1,920
Daviess 4,910 55.36% 3,738 42.14% 150 1.69% 2 0.02% 70 0.79% 1,172 13.21% 8,870
Edmonson 914 43.84% 1,156 55.44% 6 0.29% 0 0.00% 9 0.43% -242 -11.61% 2,085
Elliott 1,367 68.52% 624 31.28% 2 0.10% 0 0.00% 2 0.10% 743 37.24% 1,995
Estill 1,000 42.07% 1,329 55.91% 17 0.72% 0 0.00% 31 1.30% -329 -13.84% 2,377
Fayette 4,293 44.36% 5,302 54.78% 67 0.69% 2 0.02% 14 0.14% -1,009 -10.43% 9,678
Fleming 2,180 50.35% 2,109 48.71% 40 0.92% 0 0.00% 1 0.02% 71 1.64% 4,330
Floyd 1,615 57.15% 1,197 42.36% 9 0.32% 2 0.07% 3 0.11% 418 14.79% 2,826
Franklin 2,946 60.80% 1,863 38.45% 17 0.35% 5 0.10% 14 0.29% 1,083 22.35% 4,845
Fulton 1,487 70.81% 581 27.67% 22 1.05% 1 0.05% 9 0.43% 906 43.14% 2,100
Gallatin 1,018 71.24% 404 28.27% 7 0.49% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 614 42.97% 1,429
Garrard 1,312 44.58% 1,592 54.09% 34 1.16% 0 0.00% 5 0.17% -280 -9.51% 2,943
Grant 2,039 57.79% 1,465 41.52% 22 0.62% 0 0.00% 2 0.06% 574 16.27% 3,528
Graves 4,759 68.30% 2,073 29.75% 40 0.57% 10 0.14% 86 1.23% 2,686 38.55% 6,968
Grayson 1,938 45.61% 2,213 52.08% 9 0.21% 0 0.00% 89 2.09% -275 -6.47% 4,249
Green 1,243 46.71% 1,399 52.57% 10 0.38% 0 0.00% 9 0.34% -156 -5.86% 2,661
Greenup 1,430 41.45% 1,982 57.45% 27 0.78% 0 0.00% 11 0.32% -552 -16.00% 3,450
Hancock 989 46.26% 1,113 52.06% 20 0.94% 0 0.00% 16 0.75% -124 -5.80% 2,138
Hardin 3,059 58.75% 2,053 39.43% 42 0.81% 6 0.12% 47 0.90% 1,006 19.32% 5,207
Harlan 280 15.03% 1,577 84.65% 3 0.16% 1 0.05% 2 0.11% -1,297 -69.62% 1,863
Harrison 2,801 59.91% 1,843 39.42% 26 0.56% 1 0.02% 4 0.09% 958 20.49% 4,675
Hart 1,937 47.24% 2,140 52.20% 16 0.39% 0 0.00% 7 0.17% -203 -4.95% 4,100
Henderson 3,937 57.07% 2,865 41.53% 66 0.96% 12 0.17% 18 0.26% 1,072 15.54% 6,898
Henry 2,366 58.94% 1,609 40.08% 26 0.65% 0 0.00% 13 0.32% 757 18.86% 4,014
Hickman 1,876 67.43% 862 30.98% 28 1.01% 0 0.00% 16 0.58% 1,014 36.45% 2,782
Hopkins 3,321 51.05% 3,024 46.48% 82 1.26% 4 0.06% 75 1.15% 297 4.57% 6,506
Jackson 258 12.68% 1,770 86.98% 2 0.10% 0 0.00% 5 0.25% -1,512 -74.30% 2,035
Jefferson 21,107 45.36% 24,906 53.52% 169 0.36% 178 0.38% 176 0.38% -3,799 -8.16% 46,536
Jessamine 1,565 52.59% 1,326 44.56% 80 2.69% 1 0.03% 4 0.13% 239 8.03% 2,976
Johnson 1,025 34.80% 1,897 64.41% 5 0.17% 0 0.00% 18 0.61% -872 -29.61% 2,945
Kenton 7,263 54.74% 5,650 42.58% 83 0.63% 241 1.82% 31 0.23% 1,613 12.16% 13,268
Knott 1,015 70.15% 429 29.65% 1 0.07% 0 0.00% 2 0.14% 586 40.50% 1,447
Knox 976 27.15% 2,606 72.49% 5 0.14% 0 0.00% 8 0.22% -1,630 -45.34% 3,595
Larue 1,420 57.49% 1,036 41.94% 8 0.32% 0 0.00% 6 0.24% 384 15.55% 2,470
Laurel 1,198 34.36% 2,241 64.27% 17 0.49% 17 0.49% 14 0.40% -1,043 -29.91% 3,487
Lawrence 1,946 48.44% 2,052 51.08% 11 0.27% 1 0.02% 7 0.17% -106 -2.64% 4,017
Lee 637 42.21% 857 56.79% 12 0.80% 0 0.00% 3 0.20% -220 -14.58% 1,509
Leslie 110 8.46% 1,186 91.23% 2 0.15% 0 0.00% 2 0.15% -1,076 -82.77% 1,300
Letcher 501 31.97% 1,062 67.77% 3 0.19% 0 0.00% 1 0.06% -561 -35.80% 1,567
Lewis 1,482 38.48% 2,311 60.01% 37 0.96% 0 0.00% 21 0.55% -829 -21.53% 3,851
Lincoln 1,871 49.21% 1,925 50.63% 0 0.00% 2 0.05% 4 0.11% -54 -1.42% 3,802
Livingston 1,515 61.89% 906 37.01% 10 0.41% 1 0.04% 16 0.65% 609 24.88% 2,448
Logan 3,392 55.26% 2,624 42.75% 28 0.46% 2 0.03% 92 1.50% 768 12.51% 6,138
Lyon 1,005 54.65% 789 42.90% 13 0.71% 1 0.05% 31 1.69% 216 11.75% 1,839
Madison 3,046 49.15% 3,084 49.77% 54 0.87% 0 0.00% 13 0.21% -38 -0.61% 6,197
Magoffin 955 41.87% 1,321 57.91% 3 0.13% 1 0.04% 1 0.04% -366 -16.05% 2,281
Marion 2,070 57.77% 1,491 41.61% 13 0.36% 2 0.06% 7 0.20% 579 16.16% 3,583
Marshall 1,594 58.28% 997 36.45% 29 1.06% 0 0.00% 115 4.20% 597 21.83% 2,735
Martin 246 23.08% 812 76.17% 4 0.38% 0 0.00% 4 0.38% -566 -53.10% 1,066
Mason 2,952 54.19% 2,455 45.06% 30 0.55% 2 0.04% 9 0.17% 497 9.12% 5,448
McCracken 3,020 53.39% 2,506 44.31% 56 0.99% 6 0.11% 68 1.20% 514 9.09% 5,656
McLean 1,463 50.96% 1,344 46.81% 28 0.98% 0 0.00% 36 1.25% 119 4.14% 2,871
Meade 1,470 60.72% 919 37.96% 7 0.29% 8 0.33% 17 0.70% 551 22.76% 2,421
Menifee 845 63.92% 470 35.55% 3 0.23% 0 0.00% 4 0.30% 375 28.37% 1,322
Mercer 1,784 49.15% 1,775 48.90% 43 1.18% 2 0.06% 26 0.72% 9 0.25% 3,630
Metcalfe 1,050 47.15% 1,162 52.18% 7 0.31% 0 0.00% 8 0.36% -112 -5.03% 2,227
Monroe 867 33.09% 1,724 65.80% 9 0.34% 1 0.04% 19 0.73% -857 -32.71% 2,620
Montgomery 1,589 50.62% 1,533 48.84% 15 0.48% 1 0.03% 1 0.03% 56 1.78% 3,139
Morgan 1,732 61.03% 1,093 38.51% 9 0.32% 0 0.00% 4 0.14% 639 22.52% 2,838
Muhlenberg 1,857 42.12% 2,493 56.54% 28 0.64% 0 0.00% 31 0.70% -636 -14.43% 4,409
Nelson 2,438 63.01% 1,407 36.37% 14 0.36% 2 0.05% 8 0.21% 1,031 26.65% 3,869
Nicholas 1,879 59.27% 1,262 39.81% 27 0.85% 1 0.03% 1 0.03% 617 19.46% 3,170
Ohio 2,891 46.29% 3,251 52.06% 45 0.72% 1 0.02% 57 0.91% -360 -5.76% 6,245
Oldham 1,062 60.65% 667 38.09% 18 1.03% 0 0.00% 4 0.23% 395 22.56% 1,751
Owen 3,380 74.24% 1,124 24.69% 33 0.72% 1 0.02% 15 0.33% 2,256 49.55% 4,553
Owsley 255 18.53% 1,115 81.03% 3 0.22% 0 0.00% 3 0.22% -860 -62.50% 1,376
Pendleton 1,862 53.35% 1,580 45.27% 34 0.97% 5 0.14% 9 0.26% 282 8.08% 3,490
Perry 467 31.32% 1,019 68.34% 4 0.27% 0 0.00% 1 0.07% -552 -37.02% 1,491
Pike 1,979 46.02% 2,290 53.26% 21 0.49% 0 0.00% 10 0.23% -311 -7.23% 4,300
Powell 788 52.57% 696 46.43% 8 0.53% 1 0.07% 6 0.40% 92 6.14% 1,499
Pulaski 2,178 34.32% 4,084 64.35% 81 1.28% 4 0.06% 0 0.00% -1,906 -30.03% 6,347
Robertson 718 58.80% 494 40.46% 9 0.74% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 224 18.35% 1,221
Rockcastle 1,010 37.98% 1,637 61.56% 8 0.30% 0 0.00% 4 0.15% -627 -23.58% 2,659
Rowan 790 46.36% 905 53.11% 7 0.41% 0 0.00% 2 0.12% -115 -6.75% 1,704
Russell 780 39.08% 1,206 60.42% 7 0.35% 0 0.00% 3 0.15% -426 -21.34% 1,996
Scott 2,539 54.17% 2,107 44.95% 35 0.75% 0 0.00% 6 0.13% 432 9.22% 4,687
Shelby 2,794 58.59% 1,975 41.41% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 819 17.17% 4,769
Simpson 1,571 63.04% 866 34.75% 34 1.36% 0 0.00% 21 0.84% 705 28.29% 2,492
Spencer 1,174 66.63% 582 33.03% 4 0.23% 0 0.00% 2 0.11% 592 33.60% 1,762
Taylor 1,286 52.15% 1,131 45.86% 21 0.85% 1 0.04% 27 1.09% 155 6.29% 2,466
Todd 1,868 50.12% 1,825 48.97% 17 0.46% 0 0.00% 17 0.46% 43 1.15% 3,727
Trigg 1,533 49.84% 1,455 47.30% 12 0.39% 1 0.03% 75 2.44% 78 2.54% 3,076
Trimble 1,437 76.03% 437 23.12% 14 0.74% 0 0.00% 2 0.11% 1,000 52.91% 1,890
Union 3,104 67.46% 1,437 31.23% 29 0.63% 0 0.00% 31 0.67% 1,667 36.23% 4,601
Warren 3,455 53.48% 2,928 45.33% 41 0.63% 4 0.06% 32 0.50% 527 8.16% 6,460
Washington 1,669 50.59% 1,600 48.50% 17 0.52% 1 0.03% 12 0.36% 69 2.09% 3,299
Wayne 1,373 46.39% 1,574 53.18% 6 0.20% 0 0.00% 7 0.24% -201 -6.79% 2,960
Webster 2,481 56.31% 1,849 41.97% 37 0.84% 0 0.00% 39 0.89% 632 14.34% 4,406
Whitley 989 21.24% 3,634 78.05% 27 0.58% 0 0.00% 6 0.13% -2,645 -56.81% 4,656
Wolfe 959 56.98% 712 42.31% 6 0.36% 0 0.00% 6 0.36% 247 14.68% 1,683
Woodford 1,712 50.97% 1,617 48.14% 24 0.71% 0 0.00% 6 0.18% 95 2.83% 3,359
Totals 235,123 50.21% 227,128 48.51% 2,890 0.62% 766 0.16% 2,346 0.50% 7,995 1.71% 468,253

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The closer ones, beginning with the closest, are Florida in 2000, Maryland in 1832, Maryland in 1904, California in 1912, California in 1892 and Hawaii in 1960.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ Phillips, Kevin P.; The Emerging Republican Majority, p. 350 ISBN 978-0-691-16324-6
  3. ^ Brown, Thomas J.; ‘’The Roots of Bluegrass Insurgency: An Analysis of the Populist Movement in Kentucky; The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 78, No. 3 (Summer 1980), pp. 219-242
  4. ^ a b Shannon, Jasper Berry and McQuown, Ruth; Presidential Politics in Kentucky, 1824-1948: A Compilation of Election Statistics and an Analysis of Political Behavior (1950), p. 96
  5. ^ See ‘Attempt to Deceive’ Princeton Clarion-Leader, July 19, 1900, p. 2
  6. ^ ‘Election Forecasts from Both Sides’; The Topeka State-Journal, October 25, 1900, p. 7
  7. ^ Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas; Presidential General Election Results – Kentucky
  8. ^ a b c d e Géoelections; Popular Vote at the Presidential Election for 1900 (.xlsx file for €15)