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1996 Election Results

The 1996 U.S. presidential election was the 53rd quadrennial presidential election. The election took place on November 5, 1996, and was a contest between Democrat President Bill Clinton, who was running for re-election, and Republican Senator Bob Dole of Kansas.

President Clinton had won his first election in 1992 against incumbent President George Bush. In this election, Clinton had only won 43% of the popular vote due to independent businessman Ross Perot of Texas receiving over 19.7 million popular votes. Clinton faced very little serious opposition and was renominated by the Democrats with current Vice President Al Gore as his running mate. This is despite several missteps in his first presidential term, including the Democrats losing their majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since the 1950s two years into Clinton’s presidency. Bob Dole faced a strong challenge against other Republican nominees, including businessman Steve Forbes, a former diplomat and conservative commentator Alan Keyes, and former Tennessee Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander. Dole picked up almost every victory during the primary season and captured the Republican nomination. He resigned from the U.S. Senate and selected Jack Kemp to be his vice-presidential running mate. Running as a candidate of the Reform Party was Ross Perot who would not have as much success in the 1996 election as he did in the 1992 election.

During the general election campaign, topics of discussion included the Oklahoma City bombing, the economy, and the Waco siege. While Clinton’s party lost both the House of Representatives and the Senate during his first term as president, he would be able to use the strengthened economy that was beginning to recover from the early 1990s recession. Clinton also connected Dole with New Gingrich, the unpopular Republican Speaker of the House. In the general campaign, Dole promised a 15% reduction in federal income taxes across the board and attacked President Clinton as being part of the “spoiled” Baby Boomer generation. Dole’s attacks on Clinton’s age only exacerbated the issues that surrounded his own age throughout the campaign. Clinton was 50 years old during the presidential campaign and Dole was 73.

President Clinton won the following states in the 1996 election:

Bob Dole won the following states in the 1996 election:

In the popular vote, President Clinton received 45,590,703 votes and Bob Dole received 37,816,307. This resulted in Clinton receiving 379 electoral votes and Dole receiving 159 electoral votes. Ross Perot of the Reform Party received 8,085,294 popular votes but did not receive any electoral votes. From the 1992 election, five states switched their vote in the 1996 election: Colorado, Georgia, and Montana moved away from Clinton, and Arizona and Florida voted for Clinton. Clinton was the first Democrat since 1948 to win Arizona and the first since 1976 to win Florida. President Clinton’s second inauguration was on January 20, 1997.

1996 Election Results

Presidential Election - 1996

Clinton*
379
Dole
159
Bill Clinton43.16%
Bob Dole50.12%
Bill Clinton33.27%
Bob Dole50.80%
Bill Clinton46.52%
Bob Dole44.29%
Bill Clinton53.74%
Bob Dole36.80%
Bill Clinton51.10%
Bob Dole38.21%
Bill Clinton44.43%
Bob Dole45.80%
Bill Clinton52.83%
Bob Dole34.69%
Bill Clinton51.80%
Bob Dole36.58%
Bill Clinton48.02%
Bob Dole42.32%
Bill Clinton45.84%
Bob Dole47.01%
Bill Clinton56.93%
Bob Dole31.64%
Bill Clinton33.65%
Bob Dole52.18%
Bill Clinton54.32%
Bob Dole36.81%
Bill Clinton41.55%
Bob Dole47.13%
Bill Clinton50.26%
Bob Dole39.92%
Bill Clinton36.08%
Bob Dole54.29%
Bill Clinton45.84%
Bob Dole44.88%
Bill Clinton52.01%
Bob Dole39.94%
Bill Clinton51.62%
Bob Dole30.76%
Bill Clinton54.25%
Bob Dole38.27%
Bill Clinton61.47%
Bob Dole28.09%
Bill Clinton51.69%
Bob Dole38.48%
Bill Clinton51.10%
Bob Dole34.96%
Bill Clinton44.08%
Bob Dole49.21%
Bill Clinton47.54%
Bob Dole41.24%
Bill Clinton41.23%
Bob Dole44.11%
Bill Clinton34.95%
Bob Dole53.65%
Bill Clinton43.93%
Bob Dole42.91%
Bill Clinton49.32%
Bob Dole39.37%
Bill Clinton53.72%
Bob Dole35.86%
Bill Clinton49.18%
Bob Dole41.86%
Bill Clinton59.47%
Bob Dole30.61%
Bill Clinton44.04%
Bob Dole48.73%
Bill Clinton40.13%
Bob Dole46.94%
Bill Clinton47.38%
Bob Dole41.02%
Bill Clinton40.45%
Bob Dole48.26%
Bill Clinton47.15%
Bob Dole39.06%
Bill Clinton49.17%
Bob Dole39.97%
Bill Clinton59.71%
Bob Dole26.82%
Bill Clinton43.85%
Bob Dole49.89%
Bill Clinton43.03%
Bob Dole46.49%
Bill Clinton48.00%
Bob Dole45.59%
Bill Clinton43.83%
Bob Dole48.76%
Bill Clinton33.30%
Bob Dole54.37%
Bill Clinton53.35%
Bob Dole31.09%
Bill Clinton45.15%
Bob Dole47.10%
Bill Clinton49.84%
Bob Dole37.30%
Bill Clinton51.51%
Bob Dole36.76%
Bill Clinton48.81%
Bob Dole38.48%
Bill Clinton36.84%
Bob Dole49.81%

Last Updated: 2020-04-02

1996 Election Results

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1996 Election Results

State Democrat Republican Win
Alabama43.16%50.12%R
Alaska33.27%50.80%R
Arizona46.52%44.29%D
Arkansas53.74%36.80%D
California51.10%38.21%D
Colorado44.43%45.80%R
Connecticut52.83%34.69%D
Delaware51.80%36.58%D
Florida48.02%42.32%D
Georgia45.84%47.01%D
Hawaii56.93%31.64%D
Idaho33.65%52.18%R
Illinois54.32%36.81%D
Indiana41.55%47.13%R
Iowa50.26%39.92%D
Kansas36.08%54.29%R
Kentucky45.84%44.88%D
Louisiana52.01%39.94%D
Maine51.62%30.76%D
Maryland54.25%38.27%D
Massachusetts61.47%28.09%D
Michigan51.69%38.48%D
Minnesota51.10%34.96%D
Mississippi44.08%49.21%R
Missouri47.54%41.24%D
Montana41.23%44.11%R
Nebraska34.95%53.65%R
Nevada43.93%42.91%D
New Hampshire49.32%39.37%D
New Jersey53.72%35.86%D
New Mexico49.18%41.86%D
New York59.47%30.61%D
North Carolina44.04%48.73%R
North Dakota40.13%46.94%R
Ohio47.38%41.02%D
Oklahoma40.45%48.26%R
Oregon47.15%39.06%D
Pennsylvania49.17%39.97%D
Rhode Island59.71%26.82%D
South Carolina43.85%49.89%R
South Dakota43.03%46.49%R
Tennessee48.00%45.59%D
Texas43.83%48.76%R
Utah33.30%54.37%R
Vermont53.35%31.09%D
Virginia45.15%47.10%R
Washington49.84%37.30%D
West Virginia51.51%36.76%D
Wisconsin48.81%38.48%D
Wyoming36.84%49.81%R

1996 Election Results

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