State and Snohomish County presidential picks

In its first presidential election as a state, Washington sided with a loser. So, too, did residents of Snohomish County. That year, 1892, the nation elected Democrat Grover Cleveland while a majority of voters in the state and the county favored a second term for incumbent Republican President Benjamin Harrison.

Seven times since, county voters preferred a different commander-in-chief than the one elected. With ballots for the 2012 election arriving in mailboxes next week, here’s a look at past results. We’ll refrain from making predictions about the future.

Click here to see each presidential matchup since 1892, and how the county, state and nation voted in each election.

Presidential picks, 1892-2008

Washington became a state Nov. 11, 1889.

Year of election Elected president Washington voted for Snohomish County voted for
1892 Grover Cleveland-D Benjamin Harrison-R *Benjamin Harrison-R
1896 William McKinley-R William Jennings Bryan-D *William McKinley-R
1900 William McKinley-R William McKinley-R *William McKinley-R
1904 Theodore Roosevelt-R Theodore Roosevelt-R *Theodore Roosevelt-R
1908 William Howard Taft-R William Howard Taft-R *William Howard Taft-R
1912 Woodrow Wilson-D Theodore Roosevelt-Progressive *Theodore Roosevelt-Progressive
1916 Woodrow Wilson-D Woodrow Wilson-D *Charles Hughes-R
1920 Warren Harding-R Warren Harding-R *Warren Harding-R
1924 Calvin Coolidge-R Calvin Coolidge-R *Calvin Coolidge-R
1928 Herbert Hoover-R Herbert Hoover-R *Herbert Hoover-R
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt-D Franklin D. Roosevelt-D *Franklin D. Roosevelt-D
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt-D Franklin D. Roosevelt-D Franklin D. Roosevelt-D
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt-D Franklin D. Roosevelt-D Franklin D. Roosevelt-D
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt-D Franklin D. Roosevelt-D Franklin D. Roosevelt-D
1948 Harry Truman-D Harry Truman-D Harry Truman-D
1952 Dwight Eisenhower-R Dwight Eisenhower-R Adlai Stevenson-D
1956 Dwight Eisenhower-R Dwight Eisenhower-R Adlai Stevenson-D
1960 John F. Kennedy-D Richard M. Nixon-R John F. Kennedy-D
1964 Lyndon Johnson-D Lyndon Johnson-D Lyndon B. Johnson-D
1968 Richard Nixon-R Hubert Humphrey-D Hubert Humphrey-D
1972 Richard Nixon-R Richard M. Nixon-R Richard M. Nixon-R
1976 Jimmy Carter-D Gerald Ford-R Jimmy Carter-D
1980 Ronald Reagan-R Ronald Reagan-R Ronald Reagan-R
1984 Ronald Reagan-R Ronald Reagan-R Ronald Reagan-R
1988 George Bush-R Michael Dukakis-D George Bush-R
1992 Bill Clinton-D Bill Clinton-D Bill Clinton-D
1996 Bill Clinton-D Bill Clinton-D Bill Clinton-D
2000 George W. Bush-R Al Gore-D Al Gore-D
2004 George W. Bush-R John Kerry-D John Kerry-D
2008 Barack Obama-D Barack Obama-D Barack Obama-D

*Washington voted for electors of a political party from 1892-1932; candidate names appeared on ballots starting in 1936.

Sources: The American Presidency Project and 270 to Win.

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