1932 United States presidential election in Kansas

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United States presidential election in Kansas, 1932

← 1928 November 8, 1932 1936 →
  Franklin D. Roosevelt - NARA - 196715.jpg President Hoover portrait.jpg
Nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt Herbert Hoover
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York California
Running mate John N. Garner Charles Curtis
Electoral vote 9 0
Popular vote 424,204 349,498
Percentage 53.56% 44.13%

President before election

Herbert Hoover
Republican

Elected President

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic

The 1932 United States presidential election in Kansas was held on November 8, 1932 as part of the concurrent United States presidential election held throughout all forty-eight contemporary states. Kansas voters chose nine electors, or representatives to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice-President.

Background[edit]

Kansas had been a powerfully Republican state during the 1920s (as it had been during its first quarter-century of statehood), although it did not possess the isolationist sentiment found in Appalachia or the Upper Midwest.[1] In 1928 large-scale anti-Catholic voting swept a state substantially part of the OzarkBible Belt”, so that whereas Kansas had been less anti-Democratic than more northerly Plains states in 1920 and 1924, it became Herbert Hoover’s best state in the entire nation at the next election cycle.

However, Hoover’s first term saw disaster on two fronts for the Great Plains: the economic calamity of the Great Depression was combined with a major drought in the region from 1930 onwards. Consequently, agricultural states like Kansas, which had already been hit by declining prices during the 1920s, were severely affected by a wave of foreclosures and outmigration.[2] Roosevelt, despite the strong Republican bent of the state, saw a major opportunity in the Plains States, visiting Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota extensively during his campaign in September.[3] Outside of the prosperous Northeast,[4] Hoover’s attempts at apologetics were a complete failure,[5] with the result that Roosevelt carried every state west of the Appalachians. Kansas – the home state of incumbent Vice-President Curtis – was Hoover’s strongest state west of the Mississippi, but he still lost ninety-one counties and almost twenty-eight percent of the vote vis-à-vis his overwhelming triumph against Smith in 1928.

This is the only occasion any Democratic Presidential candidate has ever carried Chautauqua County.[6] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is also the last occasion the following counties have voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate: Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Elk, Jackson, Jewell, Linn, Logan, Norton, Phillips, Republic, Smith, Wabaunsee,[a] Wallace, Washington, Wilson and Woodson.[7]

Results[edit]

Electoral Results
Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral
vote
Running mate
Count Percentage Vice-presidential candidate Home state Electoral vote
Franklin D. Roosevelt Democrat New York 424,204 53.56% 9 John Nance Garner Texas 9
Herbert Hoover Republican California 349,498 44.13% 0 Charles Curtis Kansas 0
Norman Thomas Socialist New York 18,276 2.31% 0 James H. Maurer Pennsylvania 0
Total 791,978 100% 9 9
Needed to win 266 266

Results by county[edit]

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Democratic
Herbert Clark Hoover
Republican
Norman Mattoon Thomas
Socialist
Margin Total votes cast[8]
County # % # % # % # % #
Allen 4,249 47.55% 4,510 50.47% 177 1.98% -261 -2.92% 8,936
Anderson 3,580 58.92% 2,408 39.63% 88 1.45% 1,172 19.29% 6,076
Atchison 5,640 53.33% 4,778 45.18% 157 1.48% 862 8.15% 10,575
Barber 2,321 56.78% 1,671 40.88% 96 2.35% 650 15.90% 4,088
Barton 4,776 57.98% 3,365 40.85% 97 1.18% 1,411 17.13% 8,238
Bourbon 5,577 55.58% 4,277 42.62% 181 1.80% 1,300 12.95% 10,035
Brown 3,604 41.57% 5,005 57.73% 60 0.69% -1,401 -16.16% 8,669
Butler 7,447 53.22% 6,116 43.70% 431 3.08% 1,331 9.51% 13,994
Chase 1,703 52.71% 1,485 45.96% 43 1.33% 218 6.75% 3,231
Chautauqua 2,263 51.90% 1,893 43.42% 204 4.68% 370 8.49% 4,360
Cherokee 7,442 62.64% 4,045 34.05% 393 3.31% 3,397 28.59% 11,880
Cheyenne 1,716 60.66% 979 34.61% 134 4.74% 737 26.05% 2,829
Clark 1,152 54.70% 938 44.54% 16 0.76% 214 10.16% 2,106
Clay 3,289 49.90% 3,115 47.26% 187 2.84% 174 2.64% 6,591
Cloud 4,457 57.05% 3,120 39.94% 235 3.01% 1,337 17.11% 7,812
Coffey 3,389 54.80% 2,707 43.77% 88 1.42% 682 11.03% 6,184
Comanche 1,175 54.60% 945 43.91% 32 1.49% 230 10.69% 2,152
Cowley 8,681 50.69% 7,657 44.71% 788 4.60% 1,024 5.98% 17,126
Crawford 10,994 59.75% 6,884 37.41% 523 2.84% 4,110 22.34% 18,401
Decatur 2,422 61.02% 1,439 36.26% 108 2.72% 983 24.77% 3,969
Dickinson 5,339 49.21% 5,320 49.04% 190 1.75% 19 0.18% 10,849
Doniphan 2,532 47.34% 2,748 51.37% 69 1.29% -216 -4.04% 5,349
Douglas 4,833 38.60% 7,346 58.67% 342 2.73% -2,513 -20.07% 12,521
Edwards 1,693 52.94% 1,420 44.40% 85 2.66% 273 8.54% 3,198
Elk 2,239 55.19% 1,746 43.04% 72 1.77% 493 12.15% 4,057
Ellis 4,449 74.52% 1,465 24.54% 56 0.94% 2,984 49.98% 5,970
Ellsworth 2,928 63.68% 1,607 34.95% 63 1.37% 1,321 28.73% 4,598
Finney 2,300 51.11% 2,116 47.02% 84 1.87% 184 4.09% 4,500
Ford 4,442 55.42% 3,335 41.61% 238 2.97% 1,107 13.81% 8,015
Franklin 4,690 48.14% 4,887 50.16% 165 1.69% -197 -2.02% 9,742
Geary 2,705 56.55% 1,957 40.92% 121 2.53% 748 15.64% 4,783
Gove 1,186 52.02% 1,043 45.75% 51 2.24% 143 6.27% 2,280
Graham 2,082 60.10% 1,284 37.07% 98 2.83% 798 23.04% 3,464
Grant 737 62.88% 395 33.70% 40 3.41% 342 29.18% 1,172
Gray 1,348 58.18% 910 39.27% 59 2.55% 438 18.90% 2,317
Greeley 440 52.26% 359 42.64% 43 5.11% 81 9.62% 842
Greenwood 4,002 51.66% 3,592 46.37% 153 1.97% 410 5.29% 7,747
Hamilton 1,021 57.52% 651 36.68% 103 5.80% 370 20.85% 1,775
Harper 2,860 55.59% 2,116 41.13% 169 3.28% 744 14.46% 5,145
Harvey 4,091 48.09% 4,192 49.28% 224 2.63% -101 -1.19% 8,507
Haskell 639 56.75% 456 40.50% 31 2.75% 183 16.25% 1,126
Hodgeman 988 53.15% 847 45.56% 24 1.29% 141 7.58% 1,859
Jackson 3,442 50.63% 3,271 48.11% 86 1.26% 171 2.52% 6,799
Jefferson 3,185 50.79% 2,974 47.42% 112 1.79% 211 3.36% 6,271
Jewell 3,367 48.83% 3,324 48.20% 205 2.97% 43 0.62% 6,896
Johnson 6,485 49.52% 6,487 49.53% 124 0.95% -2 -0.02% 13,096
Kearny 771 56.73% 529 38.93% 59 4.34% 242 17.81% 1,359
Kingman 3,050 60.22% 1,923 37.97% 92 1.82% 1,127 22.25% 5,065
Kiowa 1,159 46.36% 1,306 52.24% 35 1.40% -147 -5.88% 2,500
Labette 7,667 55.74% 5,794 42.12% 294 2.14% 1,873 13.62% 13,755
Lane 866 55.26% 672 42.88% 29 1.85% 194 12.38% 1,567
Leavenworth 9,507 59.00% 6,484 40.24% 123 0.76% 3,023 18.76% 16,114
Lincoln 2,297 56.70% 1,653 40.80% 101 2.49% 644 15.90% 4,051
Linn 3,216 54.02% 2,647 44.46% 90 1.51% 569 9.56% 5,953
Logan 1,025 52.32% 867 44.26% 67 3.42% 158 8.07% 1,959
Lyon 6,365 49.90% 6,044 47.38% 347 2.72% 321 2.52% 12,756
Marion 4,366 56.59% 3,220 41.74% 129 1.67% 1,146 14.85% 7,715
Marshall 5,970 56.62% 4,455 42.25% 119 1.13% 1,515 14.37% 10,544
McPherson 5,003 53.35% 4,098 43.70% 276 2.94% 905 9.65% 9,377
Meade 1,231 48.83% 1,248 49.50% 42 1.67% -17 -0.67% 2,521
Miami 4,739 55.62% 3,667 43.04% 114 1.34% 1,072 12.58% 8,520
Mitchell 3,176 54.21% 2,502 42.70% 181 3.09% 674 11.50% 5,859
Montgomery 9,941 48.88% 9,958 48.96% 440 2.16% -17 -0.08% 20,339
Morris 2,452 47.48% 2,566 49.69% 146 2.83% -114 -2.21% 5,164
Morton 1,093 60.96% 621 34.63% 79 4.41% 472 26.32% 1,793
Nemaha 4,578 58.69% 3,167 40.60% 55 0.71% 1,411 18.09% 7,800
Neosho 5,616 56.36% 4,212 42.27% 137 1.37% 1,404 14.09% 9,965
Ness 1,772 53.63% 1,409 42.65% 123 3.72% 363 10.99% 3,304
Norton 2,705 52.58% 2,272 44.16% 168 3.27% 433 8.42% 5,145
Osage 4,199 51.43% 3,707 45.40% 259 3.17% 492 6.03% 8,165
Osborne 2,231 45.35% 2,555 51.94% 133 2.70% -324 -6.59% 4,919
Ottawa 2,505 54.95% 1,884 41.32% 170 3.73% 621 13.62% 4,559
Pawnee 2,451 55.17% 1,889 42.52% 103 2.32% 562 12.65% 4,443
Phillips 3,007 56.45% 2,165 40.64% 155 2.91% 842 15.81% 5,327
Pottawatomie 3,910 53.23% 3,339 45.45% 97 1.32% 571 7.77% 7,346
Pratt 3,109 57.61% 2,167 40.15% 121 2.24% 942 17.45% 5,397
Rawlins 2,245 65.59% 1,064 31.08% 114 3.33% 1,181 34.50% 3,423
Reno 9,351 49.29% 8,972 47.30% 647 3.41% 379 2.00% 18,970
Republic 4,105 59.61% 2,655 38.55% 127 1.84% 1,450 21.05% 6,887
Rice 3,037 48.22% 3,107 49.33% 154 2.45% -70 -1.11% 6,298
Riley 4,101 42.00% 5,337 54.65% 327 3.35% -1,236 -12.66% 9,765
Rooks 2,229 51.57% 2,005 46.39% 88 2.04% 224 5.18% 4,322
Rush 2,275 60.28% 1,433 37.97% 66 1.75% 842 22.31% 3,774
Russell 2,723 58.80% 1,805 38.98% 103 2.22% 918 19.82% 4,631
Saline 7,118 55.73% 5,265 41.22% 389 3.05% 1,853 14.51% 12,772
Scott 1,092 62.47% 595 34.04% 61 3.49% 497 28.43% 1,748
Sedgwick 29,344 55.79% 21,815 41.48% 1,435 2.73% 7,529 14.32% 52,594
Seward 1,576 53.03% 1,297 43.64% 99 3.33% 279 9.39% 2,972
Shawnee 16,471 44.35% 19,847 53.44% 823 2.22% -3,376 -9.09% 37,141
Sheridan 1,773 65.50% 878 32.43% 56 2.07% 895 33.06% 2,707
Sherman 2,110 61.09% 1,112 32.19% 232 6.72% 998 28.89% 3,454
Smith 3,155 51.14% 2,870 46.52% 144 2.33% 285 4.62% 6,169
Stafford 2,651 56.19% 1,945 41.23% 122 2.59% 706 14.96% 4,718
Stanton 598 58.40% 412 40.23% 14 1.37% 186 18.16% 1,024
Stevens 1,225 65.86% 578 31.08% 57 3.06% 647 34.78% 1,860
Sumner 6,353 54.68% 4,926 42.40% 340 2.93% 1,427 12.28% 11,619
Thomas 2,103 61.17% 1,158 33.68% 177 5.15% 945 27.49% 3,438
Trego 1,751 64.40% 918 33.76% 50 1.84% 833 30.64% 2,719
Wabaunsee 2,465 50.70% 2,304 47.39% 93 1.91% 161 3.31% 4,862
Wallace 761 54.63% 561 40.27% 71 5.10% 200 14.36% 1,393
Washington 4,234 55.32% 3,324 43.43% 95 1.24% 910 11.89% 7,653
Wichita 732 64.27% 375 32.92% 32 2.81% 357 31.34% 1,139
Wilson 4,001 52.53% 3,422 44.93% 193 2.53% 579 7.60% 7,616
Woodson 2,119 51.96% 1,842 45.17% 117 2.87% 277 6.79% 4,078
Wyandotte 32,629 55.47% 25,471 43.30% 721 1.23% 7,158 12.17% 58,821
Totals 424,204 53.56% 349,498 44.13% 18,276 2.31% 74,706 9.43% 791,978

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Independent Ross Perot did gain a plurality of the Wabaunsee County vote in the 1992 election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, Kevin P.; The Emerging Republican Majority, pp. 420-426 ISBN 978-0-691-16324-6
  2. ^ Burns, James Macgregor; The Crosswinds of Freedom, 1932-1988; ISBN 1453245200
  3. ^ Grant, Phillip A.; ‘Establishing a Two-Party System: The 1932 Presidential Election in South Dakota’; Presidential Studies Quarterly, volume 10, no. 1: “Politicizing the Presidency”, 1789-1980 (Winter, 1980), pp. 73-77
  4. ^ Phillips; The Emerging Republican Majority, p. 44
  5. ^ Carcasson, Martin; ‘Herbert Hoover and the Presidential Campaign of 1932: The Failure of Apologia’, Presidential Studies Quarterly, volume 28, No. 2, “The Buck Stops Here: Decision Making in the Oval” (Spring, 1998), pp. 349-365
  6. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 199-206 ISBN 0786422173
  7. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  8. ^ Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; pp. 165-166 ISBN 0405077114