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LBJ last Democrat to win Kansas; Obama’s 2008 showing best since Dukakis in ‘88

October 25, 2012

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— Lyndon Johnson was the last Democrat to carry Kansas in a presidential race, and his 54.1 percent of the vote in 1964 was the best showing for any nominee of his party in the past 100 years.

Democrats have carried GOP-leaning Kansas five times starting in 1912:

— Johnson.

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1936, 53.7 percent.

— FDR, 1932, 53.6 percent.

— Woodrow Wilson, 1916, just under 50 percent.

— Wilson, 1912, 39.3 percent. Teddy Roosevelt, running as a Progressive, received 32.9 percent of the vote.

The worst Democratic showings since 1912:

— Jonathan Davis, 1924, 23.6 percent. Progressive candidate Robert M. LaFollette received 14.9 percent.

— Al Smith, 1928, 27.1 percent.

— George McGovern, 1972, 29.5 percent.

The worst Republican showings in the past 100 years:

— William Howard Taft, 1912, 20.5 percent.

— George H.W. Bush, 1992, 38.9 percent. He still carried the state because Democrat Bill Clinton received 33.7 percent and independent candidate Ross Perot, 27 percent.

— Charles Evans Hughes, 1916, 44.1 percent.

— Herbert Hoover, 1932, 44.1 percent.

The best Republican showings:

— Hoover, 1928, 72 percent.

— Dwight Eisenhower, 1952, 68.8 percent.

— Richard Nixon, 1972, 67.7 percent.

— Ronald Reagan, 1984, 66.3 percent.

— Eisenhower, 1956, 65.4 percent.

Showings by Democrats who've run in two or more consecutive elections in the past 100 years:

— Wilson, 39.3 percent in 1912 and almost 50 percent in 1916.

— FDR, 53.6 percent in 1932; 53.7 percent in 1936; 42.4 percent in 1940 and 39.2 percent in 1944.

— Adlai Stevenson, 30.5 percent in 1952 and 34.2 percent in 1956.

— Jimmy Carter, 44.9 percent in 1976 and 33.3 percent in 1980.

— Bill Clinton, 33.7 percent in 1992 and 36.1 percent in 1996.

Showings by Republicans who've run in two consecutive elections since 1912:

— Hoover, 72 percent in 1928 and 44.1 percent in 1932.

— Thomas Dewey, 60.3 percent in 1944 and 53.6 percent in 1948.

— Eisenhower, 68.8 percent in 1952 and 65.4 percent in 1956.

— Nixon, 54.8 percent in 1968 and 67.7 percent in 1972.

— Ronald Reagan, 57.9 percent in 1980 and 66.3 percent in 1984.

— George H.W. Bush, 55.8 percent in 1988 and 38.9 percent in 1992.

— George W. Bush, 58 percent in 2000 and 62 percent in 2004.

How Democrats have fared in the past 30 years:

— Walter Mondale, 1984, 32.6 percent.

— Michael Dukakis, 1988, 42.6 percent.

— Bill Clinton, 1992, 33.7 percent.

— Bill Clinton, 1996, 36.1 percent.

— Al Gore, 2000, 37.2 percent.

— John Kerry, 2004, 36.6 percent.

— Barack Obama, 2008, 41.6 percent.

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