1888 United States presidential election in New York

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1888 United States presidential election in New York

← 1884 November 6, 1888 1892 →
Turnout92.3%[1] Increase 4.8 pp
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Nominee Benjamin Harrison Grover Cleveland
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Indiana New York
Running mate Levi P. Morton Allen G. Thurman
Electoral vote 36 0
Popular vote 650,338 635,965
Percentage 49.28% 48.19%

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County Results

President before election

Grover Cleveland

Elected President

Benjamin Harrison

The 1888 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 6, 1888. All contemporary 38 states were part of the 1888 United States presidential election. New York voters chose 36 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New York was won by the Republican nominees, former Senator Benjamin Harrison of Indiana and his running mate former Congressman Levi P. Morton of New York. Harrison and Morton defeated the Democratic nominees, incumbent President Grover Cleveland of New York and his running mate former Senator Allen G. Thurman of Ohio.

Harrison narrowly carried New York State with a plurality of 49.28% of the vote to Cleveland's 48.19%, a victory margin of 1.09%. In a distant third came the Prohibition Party candidate Clinton B. Fisk with 2.29%.

New York weighed in for this election as less than 2% more Republican than the national average.

Cleveland's narrow defeat in his home state, losing its 36 electoral votes, ultimately cost him the 1888 election, despite the fact that Cleveland won the nationwide popular vote by nearly a point. Cleveland had narrowly won New York State four years earlier in his initial 1884 presidential campaign, but strong opposition to Cleveland from the corrupt Tammany Hall machine, which held significant influence over New York's politics, helped to narrowly tip the state to Harrison in 1888.

Cleveland performed most strongly downstate in the New York City area, where he won New York County, Kings County, Queens County, and Richmond County. Cleveland also won nearby Westchester County and Rockland County. Harrison, however, dominated in much of upstate New York, including a victory in Erie County, home to the city of Buffalo, although Cleveland did manage to win Albany County, home to the state capital of Albany, along with several rural upstate counties.


1888 United States presidential election in New York[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Benjamin Harrison 650,338 49.28% 36
Democratic Grover Cleveland 635,965 48.19% 0
Prohibition Clinton B. Fisk 30,231 2.29% 0
Socialist Labor (Slate of independent electors) 2,068 0.16% 0
Union Labor Alson Streeter 627 0.05% 0
United Labor Robert Hall Cowdrey 519 0.04% 0
Totals 1,319,748 100.0% 36

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  1. ^ Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, part 2, p. 1072.
  2. ^ "1888 Presidential Election Results - New York". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2013-10-08.