1880 United States presidential election in Georgia

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United States presidential election in Georgia, 1880

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Nominee Winfield S. Hancock James Garfield
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Pennsylvania Ohio
Running mate William H. English Chester A. Arthur
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 102,981 54,470
Percentage 65.41% 34.59%

President before election

Rutherford B. Hayes

Elected President

James Garfield

The 1880 United States presidential election in Georgia took place on November 2, 1880, as part of the wider United States Presidential election. Voters chose eleven representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.


With the exception of a handful of historically Unionist North Georgia counties – chiefly Fannin but also to a lesser extent Pickens, Gilmer and Towns – Georgia since the 1880s had been a one-party state dominated by the Democratic Party. Disfranchisement of almost all African-Americans and most poor whites had made the Republican Party virtually nonexistent outside of local governments in those few hill counties, and the national Democratic Party served as the guardian of white supremacy against a Republican Party historically associated with memories of Reconstruction. The only competitive elections were Democratic primaries, which state laws restricted to whites on the grounds of the Democratic Party being legally a private club.[1]


The Hancock/English ticket carried the state of Georgia on election day.


United States presidential election in Georgia, 1880 [2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Winfield Scott Hancock 102,981 65.41% 11
Republican James A. Garfield 54,470 34.59% 0


  1. ^ Springer, Melanie Jean; How the States Shaped the Nation: American Electoral Institutions and Voter Turnout, 1920-2000, p. 155 ISBN 022611435X
  2. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1880 Presidential General Election Results – Georgia