1908 United States presidential election in Georgia

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United States presidential election in Georgia, 1908

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  William Jennings Bryan, 1860-1925 (cropped).jpg William Howard Taft, Bain bw photo portrait, 1908.jpg Tom E Watson.jpg
Nominee William J. Bryan William H. Taft Thomas E. Watson
Party Democratic Republican Populist
Home state Nebraska Ohio Georgia
Running mate John W. Kern James S. Sherman Samuel Williams
Electoral vote 13 0 0
Popular vote 72,350 41,355 16,687
Percentage 54.60% 31.21% 12.59%

President before election

Theodore Roosevelt

Elected President

William Howard Taft

The 1908 United States presidential election in Georgia took place on November 3, 1908, as part of the wider United States Presidential election. Voters chose thirteen 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 Bryan/Kern ticket carried the state of Georgia on election day.


United States presidential election in Georgia, 1908 [2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic William Jennings Bryan 72,350 54.60% 13
Republican William Howard Taft 41,355 31.21% 0
People's Thomas E. Watson 16,687 12.59% 0
Prohibition Eugene Chafin 1,452 1.10% 0
Socialist Eugene Debs 584 0.44% 0
Independence Thomas Hisgen 76 0.06% 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; 1908 Presidential General Election Results – Georgia