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United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1924

United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1924

November 4, 1924

Nominee Calvin Coolidge John W. Davis Robert M. La Follette
Party Republican Democratic Progressive
Home state Massachusetts West Virginia Wisconsin
Running mate Charles G. Dawes Charles W. Bryan Burton K. Wheeler
Electoral vote 14 0 0
Popular vote 675,162 297,743 108,901
Percentage 62.17% 27.41% 10.03%

County Results

President before election

Calvin Coolidge

Elected President

Calvin Coolidge

The 1924 United States presidential election in New Jersey took place on November 4, 1924. All contemporary 48 states, were part of the 1924 United States presidential election. New Jersey voters chose 14 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the President and Vice President.

New Jersey was won in a landslide by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts and his running mate Budget Director Charles G. Dawes of Illinois. Coolidge and Dawes defeated the Democratic nominees, Ambassador John W. Davis of West Virginia and his running mate Governor Charles W. Bryan of Nebraska. Also in the running was the Progressive Party nominee, Senator Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin and his running mate Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana.

Coolidge carried New Jersey overwhelmingly with 62.17% of the vote to Davis's 27.41%, a victory margin of 34.75%. [1]

La Follete finished in a relatively strong third with 10.03%.

New Jersey in this era was a staunchly Republican state, having not given a majority of the vote to a Democratic presidential candidate since 1892. (In 1912, Woodrow Wilson, then the sitting Governor of New Jersey, won the state's electoral votes, but with a plurality of only 41% in a 3-way race against a split Republican field, with former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt running as a third party candidate against incumbent Republican President William Howard Taft. Wilson lost the state to the GOP by a decisive 12-point margin in a head-to-head match-up in 1916.)

As the Northeastern Republican Calvin Coolidge was winning a second consecutive Republican landslide nationally, amidst the economic boom and social good feelings of the Roaring Twenties under popular Republican leadership, New Jersey easily remained in the Republican column, with Southern Democrat John Davis holding little appeal in the state. Coolidge won a commanding majority statewide even with the Republican vote being split by the strong third party candidacy of Robert La Follette, a Republican Senator who had run as the Progressive Party candidate and peeled away the votes of many progressive Republicans.

On the county level map, reflecting the decisiveness of his victory, Coolidge won 20 of the state's 21 counties. Coolidge broke 60% of the vote in 19 of them and broke 70% of the vote in 7 of those.

The Progressive La Follete, a former Republican Senator who ran to the left of both Coolidge and Davis and appealed most strongly to progressive Republicans, performed most strongly in urban parts of North Jersey. La Follette's double-digit support in urban Hudson County allowed Davis to eke out a narrow plurality there with less than 50% of the vote, after the county had given a majority of the vote to Republican Warren G. Harding in 1920. Davis narrowly won Hudson County even as every other county in the state, and the state as a whole, voted overwhelmingly Republican. While La Follete hurt Coolidge's vote share in urban parts of the state, Coolidge did make gains over Harding in some rural parts of the state, in both South Jersey and North Jersey. Whereas Harding had broken 60% of the vote in 17 counties, Coolidge broke 60% in 19 counties.

Even in the midst of a nationwide Republican landslide, New Jersey's presidential election returns in 1924 made the state about 10% more Republican than the nation as a whole, reflecting the state's strong Republican roots in that era, and would ultimately mark the end of that era. Beginning in 1928, the state would begin trending Democratic when the Democratic Party nominated Al Smith, a New York City native and Roman Catholic of Irish, Italian and German immigrant heritage who appealed greatly to urban New Jersey voters, and beginning in 1932, the state would vote Democratic in all four of Democrat Franklin Roosevelt's elections with the rise of the New Deal Coalition in the state.


United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1924
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Calvin Coolidge 675,162 62.17% 14
Democratic John W. Davis 297,743 27.41% 0
Progressive Robert M. La Follette 108,901 10.03% 0
Communist William Z. Foster 1,540 0.14% 0
National Prohibition Herman P. Faris 1,337 0.12% 0
Socialist Labor Frank T. Johns 819 0.08% 0
American Gilbert Nations 358 0.03% 0
Commonwealth Land William Wallace 219 0.02% 0
Totals 1,086,079 100.0% 14

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