1924 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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Nominee Calvin Coolidge John W. Davis
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts West Virginia
Running mate Charles G. Dawes Charles W. Bryan
Electoral vote 13 0
Popular vote 398,966 374,855
Percentage 48.93% 45.98%

County Results

President before election

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

Elected President

Calvin Coolidge

The 1924 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 4, 1924 as part of the 1924 United States presidential election. Voters chose thirteen representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Ever since the Civil War, Kentucky had been shaped politically by divisions created by that war between secessionist, Democratic counties and Unionist, Republican ones,[1] although the state as a whole leaned Democratic throughout this era and the GOP had carried the state only once – in 1896[2] – between 1864 and 1920.[3]

However, largely owing to loss of support for the Democratic Party in historically secessionist Northern Kentucky,[4] and to a general decline in Democratic support from the high levels seen in 1920,[5] due to female mobilisation after the Nineteenth Amendment,[6] Calvin Coolidge narrowly won Kentucky by 2.95 points against John W. Davis, winning all 13 electoral votes from the state.[7]

Also on the ballot was maverick Wisconsin Senator Robert M. La Follette, who carried his home state and ran second in eleven states in the Midwest and West. However, La Follette had little appeal in most of conservative Kentucky, with the only exceptions being a few rapidly unionising, labor-policy-conscious mining counties in the Eastern Coalfield and more significantly in German-influenced Northern Kentucky where he ran ahead of Davis in traditionally Democratic, highly populated Kenton and Campbell Counties – in the process playing a decisive role in handing Coolidge a closely contested election. Despite his strong showings in the two northern counties, Kentucky was overall La Follette’s seventh-weakest state and, outside the former Confederacy where poll taxes prevented most of the lower classes voting, his second-weakest after pro-League of Nations Rhode Island.

Results

1924 United States presidential election in Kentucky
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Calvin Coolidge (incumbent) 398,966 48.93%
Democratic John W. Davis 374,855 45.98%
Progressive Robert M. La Follette 38,465 4.72%
Socialist Labor Frank Tetes Johns 1,499 0.18%
American Gilbert Nations 1,299 0.16%
Commonwealth Land William Wallace 248 0.03%
Total votes 812,286 100%

Results by county

County John Calvin Coolidge
Republican
John William Davis
Democratic
Robert Marion La Follette, Sr.
Progressive
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast[8]
# % # % # % # % # %
Adair 2,757 53.40% 2,368 45.86% 30 0.58% 8 0.15% 389 7.53% 5,163
Allen 3,132 56.52% 2,373 42.83% 27 0.49% 9 0.16% 759 13.70% 5,541
Anderson 1,419 39.84% 2,089 58.65% 30 0.84% 24 0.67% -670 -18.81% 3,562
Ballard 767 19.18% 3,128 78.22% 81 2.03% 23 0.58% -2,361 -59.04% 3,999
Barren 3,488 43.48% 4,449 55.46% 73 0.91% 12 0.15% -961 -11.98% 8,022
Bath 1,723 44.90% 2,093 54.55% 20 0.52% 1 0.03% -370 -9.64% 3,837
Bell 5,371 68.02% 2,166 27.43% 333 4.22% 26 0.33% 3,205 40.59% 7,896
Boone 1,340 36.39% 2,204 59.86% 127 3.45% 11 0.30% -864 -23.47% 3,682
Bourbon 3,691 47.06% 4,034 51.43% 93 1.19% 25 0.32% -343 -4.37% 7,843
Boyd 6,062 55.55% 4,079 37.38% 660 6.05% 112 1.03% 1,983 18.17% 10,913
Boyle 2,673 43.00% 3,197 51.42% 293 4.71% 54 0.87% -524 -8.43% 6,217
Bracken 1,779 51.67% 1,485 43.13% 125 3.63% 54 1.57% 294 8.54% 3,443
Breathitt 1,708 37.59% 2,826 62.19% 10 0.22% 0 0.00% -1,118 -24.60% 4,544
Breckinridge 3,832 53.37% 3,230 44.99% 104 1.45% 14 0.19% 602 8.38% 7,180
Bullitt 946 33.04% 1,789 62.49% 125 4.37% 3 0.10% -843 -29.44% 2,863
Butler 2,644 68.18% 1,177 30.35% 32 0.83% 25 0.64% 1,467 37.83% 3,878
Caldwell 2,498 51.45% 2,183 44.96% 148 3.05% 26 0.54% 315 6.49% 4,855
Calloway 936 19.17% 3,790 77.63% 130 2.66% 26 0.53% -2,854 -58.46% 4,882
Campbell 12,329 49.44% 5,564 22.31% 6,882 27.60% 161 0.65% 5,447[a] 21.84% 24,936
Carlisle 467 16.93% 2,250 81.58% 29 1.05% 12 0.44% -1,783 -64.65% 2,758
Carroll 1,306 36.59% 2,243 62.85% 18 0.50% 2 0.06% -937 -26.25% 3,569
Carter 4,472 61.50% 2,552 35.10% 231 3.18% 16 0.22% 1,920 26.41% 7,271
Casey 3,120 63.03% 1,797 36.30% 31 0.63% 2 0.04% 1,323 26.73% 4,950
Christian 7,192 51.77% 6,585 47.40% 101 0.73% 14 0.10% 607 4.37% 13,892
Clark 2,703 40.78% 3,857 58.18% 44 0.66% 25 0.38% -1,154 -17.41% 6,629
Clay 3,613 74.08% 1,144 23.46% 108 2.21% 12 0.25% 2,469 50.63% 4,877
Clinton 2,069 78.70% 543 20.65% 11 0.42% 6 0.23% 1,526 58.04% 2,629
Crittenden 2,539 56.75% 1,869 41.77% 54 1.21% 12 0.27% 670 14.98% 4,474
Cumberland 2,143 69.60% 918 29.81% 18 0.58% 0 0.00% 1,225 39.79% 3,079
Daviess 7,270 46.67% 8,116 52.10% 161 1.03% 31 0.20% -846 -5.43% 15,578
Edmonson 2,062 63.54% 1,183 36.46% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 879 27.09% 3,245
Elliott 614 26.16% 1,702 72.52% 26 1.11% 5 0.21% -1,088 -46.36% 2,347
Estill 2,152 48.64% 2,052 46.38% 195 4.41% 25 0.57% 100 2.26% 4,424
Fayette 11,755 52.20% 10,433 46.33% 245 1.09% 86 0.38% 1,322 5.87% 22,519
Fleming 2,572 49.38% 2,590 49.72% 30 0.58% 17 0.33% -18 -0.35% 5,209
Floyd 3,773 44.02% 4,220 49.23% 562 6.56% 17 0.20% -447 -5.21% 8,572
Franklin 2,826 37.15% 4,678 61.50% 59 0.78% 43 0.57% -1,852 -24.35% 7,606
Fulton 902 20.96% 3,336 77.53% 56 1.30% 9 0.21% -2,434 -56.57% 4,303
Gallatin 750 42.13% 1,007 56.57% 22 1.24% 1 0.06% -257 -14.44% 1,780
Garrard 2,592 54.63% 2,126 44.81% 26 0.55% 1 0.02% 466 9.82% 4,745
Grant 1,404 39.45% 1,923 54.03% 208 5.84% 24 0.67% -519 -14.58% 3,559
Graves 2,279 23.22% 7,266 74.04% 247 2.52% 21 0.21% -4,987 -50.82% 9,813
Grayson 3,183 52.16% 2,858 46.84% 56 0.92% 5 0.08% 325 5.33% 6,102
Green 1,920 55.16% 1,548 44.47% 8 0.23% 5 0.14% 372 10.69% 3,481
Greenup 2,510 47.30% 1,932 36.41% 813 15.32% 51 0.96% 578 10.89% 5,306
Hancock 1,332 48.88% 1,323 48.55% 59 2.17% 11 0.40% 9 0.33% 2,725
Hardin 2,735 38.00% 4,296 59.68% 152 2.11% 15 0.21% -1,561 -21.69% 7,198
Harlan 9,634 72.94% 2,133 16.15% 1,263 9.56% 178 1.35% 7,501 56.79% 13,208
Harrison 2,165 34.98% 3,924 63.40% 87 1.41% 13 0.21% -1,759 -28.42% 6,189
Hart 2,736 48.08% 2,862 50.29% 83 1.46% 10 0.18% -126 -2.21% 5,691
Henderson 4,902 53.67% 4,046 44.30% 186 2.04% 0 0.00% 856 9.37% 9,134
Henry 1,918 33.86% 3,706 65.43% 30 0.53% 10 0.18% -1,788 -31.57% 5,664
Hickman 618 21.27% 2,270 78.14% 13 0.45% 4 0.14% -1,652 -56.87% 2,905
Hopkins 5,292 44.64% 5,864 49.47% 604 5.10% 94 0.79% -572 -4.83% 11,854
Jackson 2,629 87.96% 284 9.50% 75 2.51% 1 0.03% 2,345 78.45% 2,989
Jefferson 61,768 52.53% 50,409 42.87% 5,032 4.28% 377 0.32% 11,359 9.66% 117,586
Jessamine 2,144 45.00% 2,470 51.85% 25 0.52% 125 2.62% -326 -6.84% 4,764
Johnson 3,078 61.67% 1,480 29.65% 408 8.17% 25 0.50% 1,598 32.02% 4,991
Kenton 13,537 44.33% 7,948 26.03% 8,897 29.13% 157 0.51% 4,640[a] 15.19% 30,539
Knott 886 27.75% 2,286 71.59% 16 0.50% 5 0.16% -1,400 -43.85% 3,193
Knox 3,767 67.34% 1,537 27.48% 290 5.18% 0 0.00% 2,230 39.86% 5,594
Larue 1,372 40.42% 1,993 58.72% 25 0.74% 4 0.12% -621 -18.30% 3,394
Laurel 3,274 66.24% 1,451 29.35% 202 4.09% 16 0.32% 1,823 36.88% 4,943
Lawrence 2,547 50.16% 2,445 48.15% 73 1.44% 13 0.26% 102 2.01% 5,078
Lee 1,348 49.25% 1,348 49.25% 29 1.06% 12 0.44% 0 0.00% 2,737
Leslie 2,052 88.91% 223 9.66% 17 0.74% 16 0.69% 1,829 79.25% 2,308
Letcher 3,172 54.96% 1,912 33.13% 650 11.26% 37 0.64% 1,260 21.83% 5,771
Lewis 3,067 65.13% 1,447 30.73% 172 3.65% 23 0.49% 1,620 34.40% 4,709
Lincoln 2,935 46.67% 3,100 49.29% 240 3.82% 14 0.22% -165 -2.62% 6,289
Livingston 1,267 40.84% 1,768 57.00% 60 1.93% 7 0.23% -501 -16.15% 3,102
Logan 3,705 42.80% 4,772 55.13% 108 1.25% 71 0.82% -1,067 -12.33% 8,656
Lyon 993 36.33% 1,696 62.06% 38 1.39% 6 0.22% -703 -25.72% 2,733
Madison 5,276 51.26% 4,895 47.56% 90 0.87% 31 0.30% 381 3.70% 10,292
Magoffin 2,196 55.25% 1,757 44.20% 21 0.53% 1 0.03% 439 11.04% 3,975
Marion 1,975 38.53% 3,055 59.60% 94 1.83% 2 0.04% -1,080 -21.07% 5,126
Marshall 1,192 29.73% 2,752 68.63% 59 1.47% 7 0.17% -1,560 -38.90% 4,010
Martin 1,512 72.94% 364 17.56% 186 8.97% 11 0.53% 1,148 55.38% 2,073
Mason 3,406 48.28% 3,525 49.96% 108 1.53% 16 0.23% -119 -1.69% 7,055
McCracken 4,979 40.54% 6,028 49.08% 1,218 9.92% 56 0.46% -1,049 -8.54% 12,281
McCreary 2,317 74.98% 533 17.25% 234 7.57% 6 0.19% 1,784 57.73% 3,090
McLean 1,857 43.61% 2,284 53.64% 94 2.21% 23 0.54% -427 -10.03% 4,258
Meade 1,106 37.43% 1,802 60.98% 44 1.49% 3 0.10% -696 -23.55% 2,955
Menifee 450 33.48% 873 64.96% 7 0.52% 14 1.04% -423 -31.47% 1,344
Mercer 2,715 49.62% 2,698 49.31% 33 0.60% 26 0.48% 17 0.31% 5,472
Metcalfe 1,450 53.15% 1,262 46.26% 15 0.55% 1 0.04% 188 6.89% 2,728
Monroe 2,489 71.18% 970 27.74% 34 0.97% 4 0.11% 1,519 43.44% 3,497
Montgomery 1,956 44.92% 2,347 53.90% 27 0.62% 24 0.55% -391 -8.98% 4,354
Morgan 1,805 35.09% 3,311 64.37% 28 0.54% 0 0.00% -1,506 -29.28% 5,144
Muhlenberg 5,210 49.76% 4,379 41.82% 841 8.03% 41 0.39% 831 7.94% 10,471
Nelson 2,082 34.56% 3,863 64.13% 76 1.26% 3 0.05% -1,781 -29.57% 6,024
Nicholas 1,348 37.19% 2,235 61.66% 35 0.97% 7 0.19% -887 -24.47% 3,625
Ohio 4,267 50.65% 3,817 45.31% 294 3.49% 47 0.56% 450 5.34% 8,425
Oldham 906 31.30% 1,954 67.50% 35 1.21% 0 0.00% -1,048 -36.20% 2,895
Owen 913 22.24% 3,155 76.84% 36 0.88% 2 0.05% -2,242 -54.60% 4,106
Owsley 1,434 80.38% 323 18.11% 23 1.29% 4 0.22% 1,111 62.28% 1,784
Pendleton 2,148 49.71% 2,028 46.93% 141 3.26% 4 0.09% 120 2.78% 4,321
Perry 4,357 59.09% 2,658 36.05% 342 4.64% 17 0.23% 1,699 23.04% 7,374
Pike 7,059 52.13% 5,835 43.09% 574 4.24% 72 0.53% 1,224 9.04% 13,540
Powell 724 42.87% 939 55.60% 25 1.48% 1 0.06% -215 -12.73% 1,689
Pulaski 6,435 62.66% 3,158 30.75% 655 6.38% 21 0.20% 3,277 31.91% 10,269
Robertson 498 41.85% 680 57.14% 9 0.76% 3 0.25% -182 -15.29% 1,190
Rockcastle 2,712 66.24% 1,277 31.19% 105 2.56% 0 0.00% 1,435 35.05% 4,094
Rowan 1,326 53.60% 1,092 44.14% 53 2.14% 3 0.12% 234 9.46% 2,474
Russell 2,278 64.61% 1,224 34.71% 24 0.68% 0 0.00% 1,054 29.89% 3,526
Scott 2,334 37.60% 3,805 61.30% 38 0.61% 30 0.48% -1,471 -23.70% 6,207
Shelby 2,966 41.60% 4,092 57.39% 46 0.65% 26 0.36% -1,126 -15.79% 7,130
Simpson 1,294 32.08% 2,688 66.63% 48 1.19% 4 0.10% -1,394 -34.56% 4,034
Spencer 961 41.95% 1,320 57.62% 10 0.44% 0 0.00% -359 -15.67% 2,291
Taylor 2,267 52.09% 2,052 47.15% 19 0.44% 14 0.32% 215 4.94% 4,352
Todd 1,942 41.50% 2,679 57.24% 57 1.22% 2 0.04% -737 -15.75% 4,680
Trigg 2,130 44.36% 2,625 54.66% 32 0.67% 15 0.31% -495 -10.31% 4,802
Trimble 335 16.61% 1,676 83.09% 2 0.10% 4 0.20% -1,341 -66.48% 2,017
Union 1,778 32.05% 3,493 62.97% 242 4.36% 34 0.61% -1,715 -30.92% 5,547
Warren 5,634 44.12% 7,005 54.85% 106 0.83% 26 0.20% -1,371 -10.74% 12,771
Washington 2,286 50.39% 2,238 49.33% 10 0.22% 3 0.07% 48 1.06% 4,537
Wayne 2,436 54.31% 2,020 45.04% 25 0.56% 4 0.09% 416 9.28% 4,485
Webster 3,131 47.08% 3,449 51.86% 0 0.00% 71 1.07% -318 -4.78% 6,651
Whitley 4,716 68.38% 1,413 20.49% 730 10.58% 38 0.55% 3,303 47.89% 6,897
Wolfe 821 33.72% 1,597 65.59% 17 0.70% 0 0.00% -776 -31.87% 2,435
Woodford 2,091 45.69% 2,472 54.02% 7 0.15% 6 0.13% -381 -8.33% 4,576
Totals 398,966 48.93% 374,855 45.98% 38,465 4.72% 3,046 0.37% 24,111 2.96% 815,332

Notes

  1. ^ a b In this county where La Follette ran second ahead of Davis, margin given is Coolidge vote minus La Follette vote and percentage margin Coolidge percentage minus La Follette percentage.

References

  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Presidential General Election Results Comparison – Kentucky". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas.
  3. ^ Phillips, Kevin P.; The Emerging Republican Majority, p. 350 ISBN 978-0-691-16324-6
  4. ^ Copeland, James E.; ‘Where Were the Kentucky Unionists and Secessionists’; The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, volume 71, no. 4 (October 1973), pp. 344-363
  5. ^ Harrison, Lowell Hayes; A New History of Kentucky, p. 352 ISBN 9780813176307
  6. ^ See Bolin, Janes Duane; Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky, 1880-1940, pp. 82-83 ISBN 9780813121505
  7. ^ "1924 Presidential General Election Results – Kentucky". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas.
  8. ^ Kentucky Secretary of State; General Election Held November 4th, 1924: Presidential Electors (Ledger)