1916 United States presidential election in New Jersey

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1916 United States presidential election in New Jersey

← 1912 November 7, 1916 1920 →
  Governor Charles Evans Hughes.jpg Woodrow Wilson-H&E.jpg
Nominee Charles E. Hughes Woodrow Wilson
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York New Jersey
Running mate Charles W. Fairbanks Thomas R. Marshall
Electoral vote 14 0
Popular vote 268,982 211,018
Percentage 54.40% 42.68%

New Jersey Presidential Election Results by County, 1916.svg
County Results

President before election

Woodrow Wilson

Elected President

Woodrow Wilson

The 1916 United States presidential election in New Jersey took place on November 7, 1916. All contemporary 48 states were part of the 1916 United States presidential election. New Jersey voters chose 14 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New Jersey was won by the Republican nominees, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes of New York and his running mate, former Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana. Hughes and Fairbanks defeated the Democratic nominees, incumbent President Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey and his running mate incumbent Vice President Thomas R. Marshall of Indiana.

Hughes carried New Jersey decisively with 54.40% of the vote to Wilson's 42.68%, a victory margin of 11.72%.[1]

Coming in a distant third was Socialist candidate Allan L. Benson, who took 2.10%.

Like much of the Northeast, New Jersey in this era was a staunchly Republican state, having not given a majority of the vote to a Democratic presidential candidate since 1892. However, in 1912, Woodrow Wilson, then the sitting Governor of New Jersey, had won the state's electoral votes, but with a plurality of only 41% in a 3-way race against a split Republican field, with former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt running as a third party candidate against incumbent Republican President William Howard Taft. However, with the Republican base re-united behind Charles Evans Hughes in 1916, Wilson lost his home state to the GOP by a decisive 12-point margin in a head-to-head match-up, despite having served as the state's governor.

On the county level map, reflecting his comfortable victory, Hughes carried 17 of the state's 21 counties, breaking 60% of the vote in 3 of them.

Wilson's only significant win was urban Hudson County, while he also won the 3 rural counties in western North Jersey, Warren, Sussex, and Hunterdon, which had long been Democratic enclaves in an otherwise Republican state.

Despite being Wilson's home state, New Jersey registered as the second most Republican state in the nation in terms of vote share after Vermont and the fourth most Republican state in the nation in terms of margin, the state being about 15% more Republican than the national average.[2]


1916 United States presidential election in New Jersey
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Charles Evans Hughes 268,982 54.40% 14
Democratic Woodrow Wilson 211,018 42.68% 0
Socialist Allan L. Benson 10,405 2.10% 0
Prohibition Frank Hanly 3,182 0.64% 0
Socialist Labor Arthur E. Reimer 855 0.17% 0
Totals 494,442 100.0% 14

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  1. ^ "1916 Presidential General Election Results - New Jersey". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. ^ "1916 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.