New York Times Presidential Endorsements

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New York Times Presidential Endorsements are made every four years by the most prestigious newspaper in the United States (and perhaps the world) to give its readers the name of the candidate that the paper's editors believe is best suited to fit the needs of the nation. The first endorsement was in 1860 for Abraham Lincoln and the most recent one was for Joe Biden in 2020. Its first six endorsements were for Republicans, and it was not until 1884 that it backed its first Democrat, Grover Cleveland. Since then it has endorsed the Democratic candidate 28 times, the Republican six times (the last being Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956), and a third-party candidate once, in 1896.

Endorsements by the New York Times since 1860

From the New York Times of September 23, 2016; see the site at >

Republican winner in RED Democratic winner in BLUE

Year Endorsed Opponent(s) Winner
1860 Abraham Lincoln,Republican Stephen A. Douglas, Democrat; John C. Breckinridge, Southern Democrat; John Bell, Constitutional Union Party Lincoln.
1864 Abraham Lincoln, Republican George B. McClellan, Democrat Lincoln
1868 Ulysses S. Grant, Republican Horatio Seymour, Democrat Grant
1872 Ulysses S. Grant, Republican Horace Greeley, Democrat Grant
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes, Republican Samuel Tilden, Democrat Hayes
1880 James Garfield, Republican Winfield S. Hancock, Democrat Garfield
1884 Grover Cleveland, Democrat James G. Blaine, Republican Cleveland
1888 Grover Cleveland, Democrat Benjamin Harrison, Republican Harrison
1892 Grover Cleveland, Democrat Benjamin Harrison, Republican; James Weaver, People's Party Cleveland
1896 John M. Palmer, National Democratic Party William Jennings Bryan, Democrat; William McKinley, Republican McKinley
1900 William McKinley, Republican William Jennings Bryan, Democrat McKinley
1904 Alton B. Parker, Democrat Theodore Roosevelt, Republican Roosevelt
1908 William Howard Taft, Republican William Jennings Bryan, Democrat Taft
1912 Woodrow Wilson, Democrat William Howard Taft, Republican; Theodore Roosevelt, Bull Moose Party Wilson
1916 Woodrow Wilson, Democrat Charles Evans Hughes, Republican Wilson
1920 James M. Cox, Democrat Warren G. Harding, Republican Harding
1924 John W. Davis, Democrat Calvin Coolidge, Republican; Robert M. LaFollette, Progressive Party Coolidge
1928 Alfred E. Smith, Democrat Herbert Hoover, Republican Hoover
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democrat Herbert Hoover, Republican Roosevelt
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democrat Alfred M. Landon, Republican Roosevelt
1940 Wendell Willkie, Republican Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democrat Roosevelt
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democrat Thomas E. Dewey, Republican Roosevelt
1948 Thomas E. Dewey, Republican Harry S. Truman, Democrat; Strom Thurmond, States Rights' Democratic Party (Dixiecrat); Henry A. Wallace, Progressive/American Labor Party Truman
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower, Republican Adlai E. Stevenson, Democrat Eisenhower
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower, Republican Adlai E. Stevenson, Democrat Eisenhower
1960 John F. Kennedy, Democrat Richard M. Nixon, Republican Kennedy
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson, Democrat Barry Goldwater, Republican Johnson
1968 Hubert H. Humphrey, Democrat Richard M. Nixon, Republican; George Wallace, American Independent Party Nixon
1972 George McGovern, Democrat Richard M. Nixon, Republican Nixon
1976 Jimmy Carter, Democrat Gerald R. Ford, Republican Carter
1980 Jimmy Carter, Democrat Ronald Reagan, Republican; John B. Anderson, independent Reagan
1984 Walter Mondale, Democrat Ronald Reagan, Republican Reagan
1988 Michael Dukakis, Democrat George H.W. Bush, Republican Bush
1992 Bill Clinton, Democrat George H.W. Bush, Republican; Ross Perot, independent Clinton
1996 Bill Clinton, Democrat Bob Dole, Republican; Ross Perot, Reform Party Clinton
2000 Al Gore, Democrat George W. Bush, Republican; Ralph Nader, Green Party Bush
2004 John Kerry, Democrat George W. Bush, Republican Bush
2008 Barack Obama, Democrat John McCain, Republican Obama
2012 Barack Obama, Democrat Mitt Romney, Republican Obama
2016 Hillary Clinton, Democrat Donald Trump, Republican Trump
2020 Joe Biden, Democrat Donald Trump, Republican Biden