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1976 Election Results

The 1976 presidential election was the 48th presidential election in the United States. The contest was between Democrat Jimmy Carter and incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford. During the 1972 election, Richard Nixon was elected president. His running mate, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 and Gerald Ford was appointed as Vice President. Following Nixon’s resignation in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Ford became president. Ford was the only president that had never been elected to the national office.

Jimmy Carter’s political career consisted of four years as a state senator and one term as Georgia’s governor. His Democratic opponents were Rep. Morris K Udall of Arizona, Senator Henry M. Jackson of Washington, and Senator Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota. Carter’s nomination had numerous setbacks; however, the delegates to the Democratic National Convention met in New York City in July 1976 and nominated him on the first ballot. In order to win the presidential election, Jimmy Carter knew that he needed undivided support from the southern states.

Gerald Ford and former California Governor Ronald Reagan battled it out for the Republican nomination. Ford and Reagan battled throughout the primaries and afterward. During their convention in August, Republicans ultimately nominated Ford on the first ballot. In an effort to strengthen his base in the Midwest, Ford chose Senator Bob Dole of Kansas as his running mate for the election.

Carter had a 30 percentage point lead over Ford in the Gallup and Harris polls by the time the Democratic convention adjourned. During the general election, Ford’s strategy was to remain in the White House as much as possible to project a “presidential image.” Major topics during the general election campaign included the economy, abortion, the character of the two candidates, and the desirability of change. Ford paid a price for his pardon of Nixon and Carter was a Washington outsider. There were three public debates between Carter and Ford and a fourth with the vice-presidential nominees.

Jimmy Carter won the following states in the 1976 election: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Gerald Ford won the following states in the 1976 election: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

Jimmy Carter received 40,825,839 popular votes and Gerald Ford received 39,147,770 population votes. In the Electoral College, Carter received 297 votes and Ford received 240. Although Ford won Washington, one elector cast a vote for Ronald Reagan. Jimmy Carter became the 39th United States president. He was inaugurated on January 20th, 1977.

1976 Election Results

Presidential Election - 1976

Jimmy Carter55.73%
Gerald Ford42.61%
Jimmy Carter35.65%
Gerald Ford57.90%
Jimmy Carter39.80%
Gerald Ford56.37%
Jimmy Carter64.94%
Gerald Ford34.93%
Jimmy Carter47.57%
Gerald Ford49.35%
Jimmy Carter42.58%
Gerald Ford54.05%
Jimmy Carter46.90%
Gerald Ford52.06%
Jimmy Carter51.98%
Gerald Ford46.57%
Jimmy Carter51.93%
Gerald Ford46.64%
Jimmy Carter66.74%
Gerald Ford32.96%
Jimmy Carter50.59%
Gerald Ford48.06%
Jimmy Carter37.12%
Gerald Ford59.88%
Jimmy Carter48.13%
Gerald Ford50.10%
Jimmy Carter45.70%
Gerald Ford53.32%
Jimmy Carter48.46%
Gerald Ford49.47%
Jimmy Carter44.94%
Gerald Ford52.49%
Jimmy Carter52.75%
Gerald Ford45.57%
Jimmy Carter51.73%
Gerald Ford45.95%
Jimmy Carter48.07%
Gerald Ford48.91%
Jimmy Carter53.04%
Gerald Ford46.96%
Jimmy Carter56.11%
Gerald Ford40.44%
Jimmy Carter46.44%
Gerald Ford51.83%
Jimmy Carter54.90%
Gerald Ford42.02%
Jimmy Carter49.56%
Gerald Ford47.68%
Jimmy Carter51.10%
Gerald Ford47.47%
Jimmy Carter45.40%
Gerald Ford52.84%
Jimmy Carter38.46%
Gerald Ford59.19%
Jimmy Carter45.81%
Gerald Ford50.17%
Jimmy Carter43.47%
Gerald Ford54.75%
Jimmy Carter47.92%
Gerald Ford50.08%
Jimmy Carter48.28%
Gerald Ford50.75%
Jimmy Carter51.95%
Gerald Ford47.52%
Jimmy Carter55.27%
Gerald Ford44.22%
Jimmy Carter45.80%
Gerald Ford51.66%
Jimmy Carter48.92%
Gerald Ford48.65%
Jimmy Carter48.75%
Gerald Ford49.96%
Jimmy Carter47.62%
Gerald Ford47.78%
Jimmy Carter50.40%
Gerald Ford47.73%
Jimmy Carter55.36%
Gerald Ford44.08%
Jimmy Carter56.17%
Gerald Ford43.13%
Jimmy Carter48.91%
Gerald Ford50.39%
Jimmy Carter55.94%
Gerald Ford42.94%
Jimmy Carter51.14%
Gerald Ford47.97%
Jimmy Carter33.65%
Gerald Ford62.44%
Jimmy Carter43.14%
Gerald Ford54.34%
Jimmy Carter47.96%
Gerald Ford49.29%
Jimmy Carter46.11%
Gerald Ford50.00%
Jimmy Carter58.07%
Gerald Ford41.93%
Jimmy Carter49.50%
Gerald Ford47.83%
Jimmy Carter39.81%
Gerald Ford59.30%

Last Updated: 2020-04-02

1976 Election Results


1976 Election Results

1976 Election Results