1928 United States presidential election in Vermont

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1928 United States presidential election in Vermont

← 1924 November 6, 1928 1932 →
  Herbert Hoover - NARA - 532049.tif AlfredSmith.png
Nominee Herbert Hoover Al Smith
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California New York
Running mate Charles Curtis Joseph T. Robinson
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 90,404 44,440
Percentage 66.87% 32.87%

Vermont Election Results by County 1928.svg
County Results
  Smith—50-60%
  Hoover—50-60%
  Hoover—60-70%
  Hoover—70-80%
  Hoover—80-90%

President before election

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

Elected President

Herbert Hoover
Republican

The 1928 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 6, 1928, as part of the 1928 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Vermont voted for the Republican nominee, Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover of California, over the Democratic nominee, Governor Alfred E. Smith of New York. Hoover's running mate was Senate Majority Leader Charles Curtis of Kansas, while Smith ran with Senator Joseph Taylor Robinson of Arkansas.

Hoover took 66.87 percent of the vote, to Smith’s 32.87 percent, a margin of 34.00 percent.

Vermont historically was a bastion of liberal Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1928 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party. From 1856 to 1924, Vermont had had the longest streak of voting Republican of any state, having never voted Democratic before, and this tradition continued amidst a third consecutive nationwide Republican landslide in 1928.

While Hoover won the state in a decisive landslide, Smith's performance nevertheless represented a dramatic Democratic improvement in the state. In 1924, Vermont had been the most Republican state in the union, with Republican Calvin Coolidge winning 78.22 percent to only 15.67 percent for Democrat John W. Davis, a massive margin of 62.55 percentage points. Vermont, like New England and the Northeast as a whole, swung strongly toward the Democrats in 1928, even as Hoover won another decisive Republican victory nationally. Thus in the 1928 election, Vermont fell to being only the fifth most Republican state in the nation after Kansas, Michigan, Maine and Washington, about 16 percentage points more Republican than the national average.[1]

Hoover carried thirteen of the state’s fourteen counties, many by large margins. However, the three northwestern counties of Vermont would by 1932 become staunch Democratic enclaves in an otherwise Republican state, and in 1928 movement toward the Democratic Party in this region would first manifest itself, as Smith won over the votes of urban and ethnic Catholic working class voters. In 1928, Smith became the first Democrat to win Chittenden County, the state’s most populous county, home to the state's largest city, Burlington. Just four years earlier, in 1924,[2] Republican Calvin Coolidge had received over seventy percent of the vote in the county. The county would remain under control of the Democrats in presidential elections until Dwight D. Eisenhower won it in 1952.[3]

Results[edit]

1928 United States presidential election in Vermont[4]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Herbert Hoover 90,404 66.87% 3
Democratic Alfred E. Smith 44,440 32.87% 0
Prohibition William F. Varney 338 0.25% 0
N/A Write-ins 9 0.01% 0
Totals 135,191 100.00% 4

Results by county[edit]

Herbert Clark Hoover
Republican
Alfred Emmanuel Smith
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast[5]
County # % # % # % # % #
Addison 5,247 72.09% 2,003 27.52% 28 0.38% 3,244 44.57% 7,278
Bennington 6,114 63.49% 3,498 36.32% 18 0.19% 2,616 27.17% 9,630
Caledonia 6,616 78.07% 1,832 21.62% 26 0.31% 4,784 56.46% 8,474
Chittenden 8,156 47.32% 9,052 52.52% 27 0.16% -896 -5.20% 17,235
Essex 1,703 67.74% 805 32.02% 6 0.24% 898 35.72% 2,514
Franklin 6,031 52.23% 5,477 47.43% 40 0.35% 554 4.80% 11,548
Grand Isle 830 50.55% 801 48.78% 11 0.67% 29 1.77% 1,642
Lamoille 3,262 84.64% 576 14.95% 16 0.42% 2,686 69.69% 3,854
Orange 5,223 84.69% 914 14.82% 30 0.49% 4,309 69.87% 6,167
Orleans 5,561 80.65% 1,320 19.14% 14 0.20% 4,241 61.51% 6,895
Rutland 12,621 59.36% 8,609 40.49% 32 0.15% 4,012 18.87% 21,262
Washington 9,891 68.91% 4,408 30.71% 54 0.38% 5,483 38.20% 14,353
Windham 8,410 77.70% 2,398 22.15% 16 0.15% 6,012 55.54% 10,824
Windsor 10,739 79.46% 2,747 20.33% 29 0.21% 7,992 59.13% 13,515
Totals 90,404 66.87% 44,440 32.87% 347 0.26% 45,964 34.00% 135,191

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1928 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, p. 60 ISBN 0786422173
  3. ^ Menendez; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, pp. 321-322
  4. ^ "1928 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  5. ^ Robinson, Edgar Eugene; The Presidential Vote 1896-1932, pp. 352-354 ISBN 9780804716963