2016 United States presidential election in Alaska

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Turnout60.77% Increase[citation needed]
Nominee Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Gary Johnson
Party Republican Democratic Libertarian
Home state New York New York New Mexico
Running mate Mike Pence Tim Kaine Bill Weld
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 163,387 116,454 18,725
Percentage 51.28% 36.55% 5.88%

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Donald Trump

The 2016 United States presidential election in Alaska was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, as part of the nationwide presidential election in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participated. Alaska voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote, pitting the Republican Party's nominee, businessman Donald Trump, and running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her running mate Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Alaska has three electoral votes in the Electoral College.[1]

Trump carried the state with 51.28% of the vote, while Clinton received 36.55% of the vote.[2] This marked a return to Alaska's streak of giving Democrats under 40% of the vote share, after Barack Obama won just over 40% in 2012. Alaska has voted Republican in every election since 1968, and since its admission to the Union in 1959, it has only voted for the Democratic candidate on one occasion: Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

The state is known for strongly supporting third parties, including Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in 2012; Alaska was his third-strongest state. He ran again as the Libertarian Party's 2016 nominee and appeared on the ballot in Alaska. On the day of the election, he garnered 5.88% of the vote, making Alaska his third-strongest state again after New Mexico and North Dakota.[3] Johnson's performance was the best for a Libertarian since 1980, and the best third party performance since Ralph Nader in 2000.

Alaska remained aligned with the Republican Party due to oil development and Second Amendment issues.[4]


Further information: United States presidential election § Procedure

The incumbent President of the United States, Barack Obama, a Democrat and former U.S. Senator from Illinois, was first elected president in the 2008 election, running with former Senator Joe Biden of Delaware. Defeating the Republican nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, with 52.9% of the popular vote and 68% of the electoral vote,[5][6] Obama succeeded two-term Republican President George W. Bush, the former Governor of Texas. Obama and Biden were reelected in the 2012 presidential election, defeating former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 51.1% of the popular vote and 61.7% of electoral votes.[7] Although Barack Obama's approval rating in the RealClearPolitics poll tracking average remained between 40 and 50 percent for most of his second term, it has experienced a surge in early 2016 and reached its highest point since 2012 during June of that year.[8][9] Analyst Nate Cohn has noted that a strong approval rating for President Obama would equate to a strong performance for the Democratic candidate, and vice versa.[10]

Following his second term, President Obama was not eligible for another reelection. In October 2015, Obama's running-mate and two-term Vice President Biden decided not to enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination either.[11] With their term expiring on January 20, 2017, the electorate is asked to elect a new president, the 45th president and 48th vice president of the United States, respectively.

Political landscape in Alaska

Main article: Political party strength in Alaska

The state of Alaska has given its electoral votes to the Republican ticket in every election year since 1968 and only once to a Democratic ticket since statehood. However, in 2012, it had the largest swing in favor of the Democratic Party with President Obama only losing by 14 points compared to his 2008 loss by 22 points.[12]

Alaska also has a history of supporting third-party candidates at the presidential level. Alaska was the second-best state for Ross Perot in the 1992 election, with Ross Perot garnering 28% of the vote. Alaska was Nader's strongest state in the 2000 presidential election, giving him 10% in his presidential bid.[13] Alaska was also the third-best state for Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson in the 2012 election, giving him 2.46% of the vote, behind Johnson's home state of New Mexico, and Montana.[14] For this reason, Alaska has been considered to be one of Libertarian party nominee Gary Johnson's strongest states in the 2016 election.


The two major parties chose delegates on different days.[15]

Democratic caucuses

Main article: 2016 Alaska Democratic caucuses

2016 Alaska Democratic caucuses

← 2012 March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01) 2020 →
Candidate Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton
Home state Vermont New York
Delegate count 13 3
Popular vote 8,447 2,146
Percentage 79.61% 20.23%

Alaska results by state house district
  Bernie Sanders

Opinion polling

See also: Statewide opinion polling for the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries § Alaska

e • d 2016 Democratic Party's presidential nominating process in Alaska
– Summary of results –
Candidate Popular vote District delegates Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Bernie Sanders 8,447 79.61% 441 81.52% 13 1 14
Hillary Clinton 2,146 20.23% 100 18.48% 3 1 4
Rocky De La Fuente 1 <0.01%
Uncommitted 16 0.15% 0 2 2
Total 10,610 100% 541 100% 16 4 20
Source: The Green Papers

Republican caucus

2016 Alaska Republican caucuses

← 2012 March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01) 2020 →
Candidate Ted Cruz Donald Trump
Home state Texas New York
Delegate count 12 11
Popular vote 8,369 7,740
Percentage 36.37% 33.64%

Candidate Marco Rubio Ben Carson
Home state Florida Maryland
Delegate count 5 0
Popular vote 3,488 2,492
Percentage 15.16% 10.83%

Alaska results by state house district
  Ted Cruz
  Donald Trump
  Ben Carson
Alaska Republican legislative district conventions, March 1, 2016
Candidate Votes Percentage Actual delegate count
Bound Unbound Total
Ted Cruz 8,369 36.37% 12 0 12
Donald Trump 7,740 33.64% 11 0 11
Marco Rubio 3,488 15.16% 5 0 5
Ben Carson 2,492 10.83% 0 0 0
John Kasich 918 3.99% 0 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 0 0 0
Total: 23,010 100.00% 28 0 28
Source: The Green Papers and Alaska Republican Party


At the Republican National Convention, Alaska's floor votes were all recorded for Donald Trump by the convention secretary, even though the Alaska delegation read their votes according to the results of the caucuses: 12 for Cruz, 11 for Trump and 5 for Rubio. An Alaska delegate challenged the results as recorded.[16] However, RNC chair Reince Priebus defended the actions of the convention secretary, saying that the delegates were bound to Trump.[17]

General election


The following are final 2016 predictions from various organizations for Alaska as of Election Day.

Source Ranking As of
Los Angeles Times[18] Safe R November 6, 2016
CNN[19] Safe R November 8, 2016
Rothenberg Political Report[20] Safe R November 7, 2016
Sabato's Crystal Ball[21] Likely R November 7, 2016
NBC[22] Lean R November 7, 2016
RealClearPolitics[23] Likely R November 8, 2016
Fox News[24] Lean R November 7, 2016
ABC[25] Lean R November 7, 2016

Statewide results

2016 U.S. presidential election in Alaska[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Donald Trump 163,387 51.28% −3.52%
Democratic Hillary Clinton 116,454 36.55% −4.26%
Libertarian Gary Johnson 18,725 5.88% +3.42%
Green Jill Stein 5,735 1.80% +0.83%
Constitution Darrell Castle 3,866 1.21% N/A
Reform Rocky De La Fuente 1,240 0.39% N/A
Write-in 9,201 2.89% N/A
Total votes 318,608 100% +1.17%


According to the Alaska Division of Election voter turnout was about 60.77%, 321,271 ballots were cast out of 528,671 voters.[27]


Alaska had 3 electors in 2016; all of them voted for Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president.

The electors were:

Boroughs and census areas that flipped from Democratic to Republican

Boroughs and census areas that flipped from Republican to Democratic

See also


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  11. ^ "Joe Biden Decides Not to Enter Presidential Race". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
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  16. ^ Carlson, Emily. "Chairman of Alaska's Rep party said he doesn't know why 28 delegates went @realDonaldTrump but "it's going to be corrected in record" @ktva". Twitter. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  17. ^ Kopan, Tal; Payson-Denny, Wade. "Why Alaska's delegates were counted for Donald Trump". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  18. ^ "Our final map has Clinton winning with 352 electoral votes. Compare your picks with ours". Los Angeles Times. 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
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  26. ^ http://www.elections.alaska.gov/results/16GENR/data/results.htm
  27. ^ https://www.elections.alaska.gov/election/2016/General/VoterHistoryByAgeReport.pdf
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