Delaware

Delaware, the first state, joined the Union in December 1787 and has participated in all 58 presidential elections. For 56 of those elections, the state has had three electoral votes – it contributed four in 1812 and 1820. The fact that Delaware sided with the Republicans throughout most of the 20th century can be partially attributed to the presence of the DuPont Company and the Du Pont family and their effect on state politics. That influence waned toward the end of the century as Delaware’s businesses became more diversified.

Like many northeastern states, Delaware has voted Democratic in the last seven elections, with Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by 11.5 points in 2016. This margin was down from the previous two elections, when the state's long-time Senator, Joe Biden ran for Vice-President on the Democratic ticket.

ELECTORAL VOTES

3

2020 ELECTION

Safe Biden
2020 Delaware Polls

Recent Elections

2016
53.4% 41.9%
2012
58.6% 40.0%
2008
61.9% 36.9%
2004
53.3% 45.8%
2000
55.0% 41.9%

Voting History

State voted with the overall winning candidate

1972
R
1976
D
1980
R
1984
R
1988
R
1992
D
1996
D
2000
D
2004
D
2008
D
2012
D
2016
D

Electoral College Votes

Federalist
Democratic-Republican
National Republican
Whig
Democratic
Republican

Colored bars represent electoral votes by party. Tap to see names. 2020 electoral votes shown in dark green until after the election.

Gray indicates available electoral votes that were either not cast or cast for a candidate not on the ballot.