1908 United States presidential election in Oklahoma

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1908 United States presidential election in Oklahoma
November 3, 1908 1912 →
  William Jennings Bryan, 1860-1925.jpg William Howard Taft.jpg EugeneVDebs.png
Nominee William J. Bryan William Howard Taft Eugene V. Debs
Party Democratic Republican Socialist
Home state Nebraska Ohio Indiana
Running mate John W. Kern James S. Sherman Benjamin Hanford
Electoral vote 7 0 0
Popular vote 123,907 110,550 21,752
Percentage 48.22% 43.03% 8.47%

President before election

Theodore Roosevelt

Elected President

William Howard Taft

The 1908 United States presidential election in Oklahoma took place on November 3, 1908. All 46 states were part of the 1908 United States presidential election. Oklahoma voters chose 7 electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. This was the first presidential election Oklahoma participated in.

Democratic Nominee William Jennings Bryan won Oklahoma by a 4.66% margin of victory.[1] Oklahoma became a reliably Democratic state, with the party nominee winning 10 out of the first 15 elections held in the state. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson became the last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state.[2]

Eugene V. Debs, the Socialist candidate, won 8.52% of the vote, demonstrating the strength of the Socialist movement in Oklahoma at this point in the state's history. Debs would go on to improve this performance in 1912, winning around twice as much of the percentage of the vote in Oklahoma.

United States presidential election in Oklahoma, 1908[3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic William Jennings Bryan 123,907 48.22% 7
Republican William Howard Taft 110,550 43.03% 0
Socialist Eugene V. Debs 21,752 8.47% 0
Populist Thomas E. Watson 434 0.17% 0
Independence Thomas L. Hisgen 274 0.11% 0
Totals 256,917 100.0% 7


  1. ^ "1908 Presidential General Election Results - Oklahoma". uselectionatlas.org.
  2. ^ Gust, Steve (October 6, 2012). "Oklahoma student who attended Democratic National Convention anticipates lifetime in politics". The Oklahoman. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bryan's Plurality 13,375". The Shawnee News - Shawnee, OK. November 16, 1908. Retrieved December 13, 2018.