Presidential Elections, 1789-2008: County, State, and National Mapping of Election Data

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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, 1789–2008 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472116973
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2010
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents


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

Bibliography 565

Index 571

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