A look at 100 years of presidential races in Oklahoma

A look at 100 years of presidential races in Oklahoma
by Chris Casteel Published: November 4, 2012
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• Oklahoma has voted in 26 presidential elections since statehood.

• The first Oklahoma presidential election was in 1908, when Democrat William Jennings Bryan carried the state but lost the presidency to William Howard Taft; 254,983 people voted.

• Oklahomans have voted for the winner 19 times.

• Oklahomans favored the eventual winner in every election from 1928 through 1956.

• Of the seven times Oklahoma has voted for the eventual loser, five have come since 1960 (Richard Nixon, 1960; Gerald Ford, 1976; George H.W. Bush, 1992; Robert Dole, 1996; and John McCain, 2008).

• Oklahomans have voted for the Democratic presidential candidate 10 times, including four times for FDR and twice for Woodrow Wilson.

• The last Democrat to win the state was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

• The first Republican to carry the state was Warren Harding in 1920.

• The biggest margin of victory was achieved in 1972 by then-President Richard Nixon, who got 74 percent of the vote in Oklahoma in defeating George McGovern.

• The closest presidential race in Oklahoma was in 1976, when then-President Gerald Ford got 49.96 percent and Jimmy Carter got 48.75 percent.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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