1900 United States presidential election

The 1900 United States presidential election was the 29th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 6, 1900. In a re-match of the 1896 race, incumbent Republican President William McKinley defeated his Democratic challenger, William Jennings Bryan. McKinley's victory made him the first president to win a consecutive re-election since Ulysses S. Grant had accomplished the same feat in 1872, Until 1956, this would be the last time in which an incumbent Republican president would win re-election after serving a full term in office.

1900 United States presidential election

 1896 November 6, 1900 1904 

447 members of the Electoral College
224 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout73.2%[1] 6.1 pp
 
Nominee William McKinley William Jennings Bryan
Party Republican Democratic
Alliance "Fusion" Populist
Silver Republican
Home state Ohio Nebraska
Running mate Theodore Roosevelt Adlai Stevenson I
Electoral vote 292 155
States carried 28 17
Popular vote 7,228,864 6,370,932
Percentage 51.6% 45.5%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes those won by McKinley/Roosevelt, blue denotes states won by Bryan/Stevenson. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

William McKinley
Republican

Elected President

William McKinley
Republican

McKinley and Bryan each faced little opposition within their own party. Although some Gold Democrats explored the possibility of a campaign by Admiral George Dewey, Bryan was easily re-nominated at the 1900 Democratic National Convention after Dewey withdrew from the race. McKinley was unanimously re-nominated at the 1900 Republican National Convention. As Vice President Garret Hobart had died in 1899, the Republican convention chose New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt as McKinley's running mate.

The return of economic prosperity and recent victory in the Spanish–American War helped McKinley to score a decisive victory, while Bryan's anti-imperialist stance and continued support for bimetallism attracted only limited support. McKinley carried most states outside of the Solid South and won 51.6% of the popular vote. The election results were similar to those of 1896, though McKinley picked up several Western states and Bryan picked up Kentucky.

Six months into his second term, McKinley was assassinated in September 1901 and was succeeded by Vice President Roosevelt.


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