1908 United States presidential election in Rhode Island

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1908 United States presidential election in Rhode Island

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Nominee William Howard Taft William Jennings Bryan
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Ohio Nebraska
Running mate James S. Sherman John Worth Kern
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 43,942 24,706
Percentage 60.76% 34.16%

President before election

Theodore Roosevelt

Elected President

William Howard Taft

The 1908 United States presidential election in Rhode Island took place on November 3, 1908. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Rhode Island voted for the Republican nominee, Secretary of War William Howard Taft, over the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative William Jennings Bryan. Taft won the state by a margin of 26.6%.

With 60.76% of the popular vote, Rhode Island would be Taft's fifth strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont, Maine, Michigan and North Dakota.[1]


1908 United States presidential election in Rhode Island[2]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Republican William Howard Taft of Ohio James Schoolcraft Sherman of New York 43,942 60.76% 4 100.00%
Democratic William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska John Worth Kern of Indiana 24,706 34.16% 0 0.00%
Socialist Eugene Victor Debs of Indiana Benjamin Hanford of New York 1,365 1.89% 0 0.00%
Independence Thomas Louis Hisgen of Massachusetts John Temple Graves of Georgia 1,105 1.53% 0 0.00%
Prohibition Eugene Wilder Chafin of Illinois Aaron Sherman Watkins of Ohio 1,016 1.40% 0 0.00%
Socialist Labor August Gillhaus of New York Donald L. Munro of Virginia 183 0.25% 0 0.00%
Total 72,317 100.00% 4 100.00%


  1. ^ "1908 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "1908 Presidential General Election Results - Rhode Island". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 23 December 2013.