1880 Election Results Garfied vs Hancock

Rutherford Hayes had promised not to run for re-election. Hayes kept his promise. In Chicago, at the Republican convention of 1880, the leading contender for the presidential nomination was former President Grant. Grant wished to run for an unprecedented third term. Anti-Grant forces supported James Blaine of Maine, and John Sherman of Ohio. James Garfield gave a major speech in favor of Sherman. Much of the convention body was impressed by the speech. The convention remained deadlocked through 34 ballots. Suddenly, Wisconsin voted its 16 votes for James Garfield. Garfield, once again, declared his support for Sherman. Garfield’s efforts did not stop the convention for voting for him. On the 36th ballot Garfield was nominated. Overall, the 1880 election campaign was rather uninspiring. Very few issues divided the candidates. The only issue of substance was the issue of tariffs. The Democratic candidate, Winfield Hancock, supported one for the purposes of revenue.

 

Particpation of Eligible Voters:71.3%

Democratic Convention
Republican Convention

 

State results in 1880

Electoral Results in 1880

Garfield Hancock Weaver Total Votes
Votes Pct Votes Pct Vote Pct
Alabama 56,350 37.1 91,130 60 4,422 2.9 151,902
Arkansas 42,436 39 60,775 55.9 4,116 3.8 10,870
California 80,282 48.9 80,426 49 3,381 2.1 164,218
Colorado 27,450 51.3 24,647 46 1,435 2.7 53,546
Connecticut 67,071 50.5 64,411 48.5 868 0.7 132,798
Delaware 14,148 48 15,181 51.5 129 0.4 29,458
Florida 23,654 45.8 27,964 54.2 0 51,618
Georgia 54,470 34.6 102,981 65.4 0 157,451
Illinios 318,036 51.1 277,321 44.6 26,358 4.2 622,305
Indiana 232,169 49.3 225,523 47.9 13,066 2.8 470,758
Iowa 183,904 56.9 105,845 32.8 32,327 10 323,140
Kansas 121,520 60.4 59,789 29.7 19,710 9.8 201,054
Kentucky 106,059 39.7 149,068 55.9 11,499 4.3 266,884
Louisiana 38,978 37.3 65,047 62.3 437 0.4 104,462
Maine 74,052 51.5 65,211 45.3 4,409 3.1 143,903
Maryland 78,515 45.4 93,706 54.1 828 0.5 173,049
Massachusetts 165,198 58.5 111,960 39.6 4,548 1.6 282,505
Michigan 185,335 52.5 131,596 37.3 38,895 9.9 353,076
Minnesota 93,939 62.3 53,314 35.4 3,267 2.2 150,806
Mississippi 34,844 29.8 75,750 64.7 5,797 5 117,068
Missouri 154,647 38.7 208,600 52.5 35,042 8.8 397,289
Nebraska 54,979 62.9 28,523 32.7 3,853 4.4 87,355
Nevada 8,732 47.6 9,611 52.4 0 18,343
New Hampshire 44,856 51.9 40,797 47.2 528 0.6 86,361
New  Jersey 120,555 49 122,565 49.8 2,617 1.1 245,928
New York 555,544 50.3 534,511 48.4 12,373 1.1 1,103,945
North Carolina 115,616 48 124,204 51.5 1,126 0.5 240,946
Ohio 375,048 51.7 340,867 47 6,456 0.9 724,984
Oregon 20,619 50.5 19,955 48.9 267 0.7 40,841
Pennsylvania 444,704 50.8 407,428 46.6 20,667 2.4 874,783
Rhode Island 18,195 62.2 10,779 36.9 236 0.8 29,235
South Carolina 57,954 34.1 111,236 65.5 567 0.3 169,793
Tennessee 107,677 44.3 129,569 53.3 6,017 2.5 243,263
Texas 57,225 23.8 155,963 64.8 27,471 11.4 240,659
Vermont 45,567 70 18,316 28.1 1,215 1.9 65,098
Virginia 83,634 39.3 128,647 60.5 0 212,660
West Virginia 46,243 41.1 57,390 50.9 9,008 8 112,641
Wisconsin 144,406 54 114,650 42.9 7,986 3 267,202