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"Hanes Walton, Donald Deskins, and Sherman Puckett have produced a highly impressive collection and valuable contribution to the literature on American electoral politics. This work is indispensable for academic libraries, political scientists, historians, and serious students of American government."
---Immanuel Ness, Professor, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
"Massive amounts of information about presidential elections which are not readily available elsewhere. Unprecedented coverage in one volume of every single American presidential election."
---James Gimpel, Professor of Government, University of Maryland
"This is an extraordinary research endeavor; the most comprehensive set of aggregate election data ever assembled. Painstakingly researched, this color-coded volume presents data for every presidential election from 1789 to 2008. Unlike most, the wide ranging narrative for this atlas identifies racial patterns in the vote. Everyone who studies or is interested in presidential elections should have this impressive collection of statistical data in their libraries. A visual gem for the digital age."
---Robert Smith, Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University
"Presidential Elections, 17892008 is a genuine tour de force that captures in an extremely accessible and comprehensive way the electoral geography of America's presidential elections, from Washington to Obama. An invaluable addition to the library of all those interested in presidential elections and U.S. politics."
---Marion Orr, Frederick Lippitt Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, Brown University
"This volume sets an extraordinarily high standard in scholarship, completeness, description, and explanation of our political process. It has been said that all politics are local, but never before has this been demonstrated with such clarity and panache, using the simple method of standardized tables summarizing voting, then showing state and county breakdowns of the numbers, greatly strengthened by beautiful full-color maps and cartograms. Every scholar of politics and democracy will benefit from the work laid out in this volume."
---Keith Clarke, Professor of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara
Presidential Elections is an almanac of the popular vote in every presidential election in American history, analyzed at the county level with histories of each campaign, graphs, and stunning four-color maps. Most Americans are familiar with the crude red state/blue state maps used by commentators and campaign strategists---and even, for want of an alternative, by many academics. In providing a higher-resolution view of voting behavior the authors of this new volume enable examination of local and regional political trends that are invisible in state-level aggregations.
Presidential Elections will enable scholars to more subtly analyze voting behavior, campaigns, and presidential politics; commentators will use it to analyze trends and trace the historical evolution of new coalitions and voting blocs; strategists will use it to plan campaigns and mobilize constituencies. Presidential Elections will become the standard almanac on the subject: a required resource for academic and public libraries, as well as for scholars, consultants, and pundits nationwide.
Donald R. Deskins, Jr., is a political geographer and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and a former Associate Dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan.
Hanes Walton, Jr., is Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He also holds positions as Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Political Studies and as a faculty member in the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.
Sherman C. Puckett is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Michigan in urban and regional planning. He was a mayoral appointee in the data processing department of the Coleman A. Young administration in the City of Detroit and recently retired from Wayne County government as manager of technology, geographic information systems, and development of maintenance management systems.
1 Introduction 1
2 Before Presidential Elections: Popular Voting in Colonial and Revolutionary America 5
3 1789 George Washington's Initial Election 10
4 1792 George Washington's Reelection 18
5 1796 John Adams's Election 25
6 1800 Thomas Jefferson's Initial Election 33
7 1804 Thomas Jefferson's Reelection 41
8 1808 James Madison's Initial Election 49
9 1812 James Madison's Reelection 57
10 1816 James Monroe's Initial Election 65
11 1820 James Monroe's Reelection 72
12 1824 John Quincy Adams's Election 80
13 1828 Andrew Jackson's Initial Election 88
14 1832 Andrew Jackson's Reelection 97
15 1836 Martin Van Buren's Election 106
16 1840 William Henry Harrison's Election 115
17 1844 James K. Polk's Election 125
18 1848 Zachary Taylor's Election 135
19 1852 Franklin Pierce's Election 145
20 1856 James Buchanan's Election 155
21 1860 Abraham Lincoln's Initial Election 167
22 1864 Abraham Lincoln's Reelection 178
23 1868 Ulysses S. Grant's Initial Election 188
24 1872 Ulysses S. Grant's Reelection 198
25 1876 Rutherford B. Hayes's Election 208
26 1880 James A. Garfield's Election 219
27 1884 Grover Cleveland's Initial Election 229
28 1888 Benjamin Harrison's Election 239
29 1892 Grover Cleveland's Reelection 248
30 1896 William McKinley's Initial Election 257
31 1900 William McKinley's Reelection 267
32 1904 Theodore Roosevelt's Election 276
33 1908 William Howard Taft's Election 285
34 1912 Woodrow Wilson's Initial Election 295
35 1916 Woodrow Wilson's Reelection 306
36 1920 Warren G. Harding's Election 316
37 1924 Calvin Coolidge's Election 327
38 1928 Herbert Hoover's Election 337
39 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt's Initial Election 347
40 1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Reelection 357
41 1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt's Second Reelection 367
42 1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt's Third Reelection 376
43 1948 Harry S. Truman's Election 385
44 1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower's Initial 396
45 1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower's Reelection 407
46 1960 John F. Kennedy's Election 417
47 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson's Election 428
48 1968 Richard M. Nixon's Initial Election 438
49 1972 Richard M. Nixon's Reelection 449
50 1976 James Earl Carter's Election 459
51 1980 Ronald Reagan's Initial Election 469
52 1984 Ronald Reagan's Reelection 478
53 1988 George H. W. Bush's Election 488
54 1992 William J. Clinton's Initial Election 498
55 1996 William J. Clinton's Reelection 508
56 2000 George W. Bush's Initial Election 518
57 2004 George W. Bush's Reelection 528
58 2008 BarackHussein Obama, Jr.'s, Election 540
A The Data and Methodology: A Research Note 557
B Time Line of U. S. Presidents and Major and Minor U.S. Political Parties 559
C Mapping the County and Alaska Election Districts Data 560