1912 United States presidential election

32nd quadrennial U.S. presidential election

The 1912 United States presidential election was the 33rd election in the history of the United States. It occurred on November 5, 1912. This election was a 4-way race between Governor of New Jersey Woodrow Wilson, Former President Theodore Roosevelt of New York, Incumbent President William Howard Taft of Ohio, and former Congressman Eugene V. Debs of Indiana. Wilson won the election with 435 electoral votes, while Roosevelt got 88 electoral votes, Taft got 8 electoral votes, (lowest for an Incumbent President and lowest of any Republican Candidate), and Debs received 0 electoral votes.

1912 United States presidential election

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531 members of the Electoral College
266 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout58.8% Decrease 6.6 pp
Nominee Woodrow Wilson Theodore Roosevelt
Party Democratic Progressive
Home state New Jersey New York
Running mate Thomas R. Marshall Hiram Johnson
Electoral vote 435 88
States carried 40 6
Popular vote 6,296,284 4,122,721
Percentage 41.8% 27.4%

Nominee William Howard Taft Eugene V. Debs
Party Republican Socialist
Home state Ohio Indiana
Running mate Nicholas M. Butler
(replacing James S. Sherman)
Emil Seidel
Electoral vote 8 0
States carried 2 0
Popular vote 3,486,242 901,551
Percentage 23.2% 6.0%

Template:1912 United States presidential election imagemap
Presidential election results map. Blue denotes those won by Wilson/Marshall, light green denotes those won by Roosevelt/Johnson, red denotes states won by Taft/Butler. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

William Howard Taft

Elected President

Woodrow Wilson



Republican Party


Democratic Party


Progressive Party