Arkansas was won by PresidentBill Clinton (D-AR) by a 17 percentage point margin of victory. The presidential election in the Natural State was a critical victory for the Democratic ticket, because Arkansas is Clinton's home state. Dole did not put up a challenge in Arkansas, and neither did billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Ref-TX), who had unsuccessfully run for president as an Independent in the previous election. Perot in 1996 won 7.9 percent of the popular vote in the Natural State, a significant total for a third party candidate. As of 2012, the 1996 election was the last time that a Democratic presidential nominee has won in Arkansas; the state has gone Republican in each presidential election, starting in 2000.