United States presidential election in California, 1976

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United States presidential election in California, 1976
California
1972 ←
November 2, 1976 → 1980

  Gerald Ford, official Presidential photo.jpg Carter cropped.jpg
Nominee Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Michigan Georgia
Running mate Bob Dole Walter Mondale
Electoral vote 45 0
Popular vote 3,882,244 3,742,284
Percentage 49.35% 47.57%

California Presidential Election Results by County, 1976.svg

County Results
  Carter—50-60%
  Carter—<50%
  Ford—<50%
  Ford—50-60%
  Ford—60-70%

President before election

Gerald Ford
Republican

Elected President

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

The 1976 United States presidential election in California refers to how California participated in the 1976 United States presidential election. California narrowly voted for the Republican incumbent, Gerald Ford, over the Democratic challenger, Jimmy Carter.

Ford won the state with a plurality of 49.35% of the vote to Carter's 47.57%, a victory margin of 1.78%. Carter performed more strongly in rural Northern California, winning many counties in California's Central Valley, while Ford performed more strongly in Southern California, sweeping every county there except Los Angeles County, which narrowly voted for Carter.

This was only the fifth time in California’s electoral history that it did not support the winning candidate from either party. This is also the last election where the Democrat candidate won the Presidency without carrying California.

Carter is the last Democrat to carry the counties of Amador, El Dorado, Lassen, Madera, Placer, Shasta, Sierra and Yuba, and the last to win a majority of the vote in Del Norte, Plumas and Tehama. Carter is also the last candidate from either party to carry Los Angeles by only a plurality, while Ford is the last Republican to win a majority of the vote in Marin (Ronald Reagan later won that county by plurality in 1980).

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in California, 1976[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Gerald Ford (incumbent) 3,882,244 49.35% 45
Democratic Jimmy Carter 3,742,284 47.57% 0
No party Eugene McCarthy (write-in) 58,412 0.74% 0
Independent Roger MacBride 56,388 0.72% 0
American Independent Lester Maddox 51,098 0.65% 0
Peace and Freedom Margaret Wright 41,731 0.53% 0
Independent Peter Camejo 17,259 0.22% 0
Independent Gus Hall 12,766 0.16% 0
No party Thomas J. Anderson (write-in) 4,565 0.06% 0
No party Jules Levin (write-in) 222 0.00% 0
No party Write-ins 74 0.00% 0
No party Ben Bubar (write-in) 34 0.00% 0
No party Ernest Miller (write-in) 26 0.00% 0
No party Frank Taylor (write-in) 14 0.00% 0
Invalid or blank votes
Totals 7,867,117 100.00% 45
Voter turnout

Results by county[edit]

County Ford Votes Carter Votes Others Votes
Orange 62.16% 408,632 35.33% 232,246 2.52% 16,555
Mono 58.80% 1,600 37.67% 1,025 3.53% 96
Inyo 58.23% 3,905 39.29% 2,635 2.48% 166
San Diego 55.74% 353,302 41.60% 263,654 2.66% 16,839
Tulare 54.52% 31,864 43.72% 25,551 1.76% 1,027
Sutter 54.21% 8,745 43.18% 6,966 2.60% 420
Ventura 53.20% 82,670 44.10% 68,529 2.70% 4,201
Colusa 52.74% 2,733 45.16% 2,340 2.10% 109
Glenn 52.67% 4,094 45.04% 3,501 2.29% 178
Marin 52.52% 53,425 42.86% 43,590 4.62% 4,700
Kern 52.29% 58,023 45.57% 50,567 2.14% 2,371
Napa 51.83% 20,839 44.89% 18,048 3.28% 1,318
Butte 51.77% 28,400 44.12% 24,203 4.10% 2,251
Modoc 51.20% 1,917 46.29% 1,733 2.51% 94
San Luis Obispo 51.17% 27,785 45.91% 24,926 2.92% 1,587
Monterey 51.02% 40,896 45.97% 36,849 3.00% 2,408
San Benito 50.87% 3,398 46.74% 3,122 2.40% 160
Santa Barbara 50.83% 60,922 45.91% 55,018 3.26% 3,904
San Mateo 50.63% 117,338 44.40% 102,896 4.97% 11,507
Alpine 50.34% 225 42.28% 189 7.38% 33
Imperial 49.94% 10,618 48.18% 10,244 1.88% 400
Kings 49.65% 8,263 48.44% 8,061 1.91% 318
San Joaquin 49.60% 50,277 48.08% 48,733 2.32% 2,351
San Bernardino 49.49% 113,265 47.90% 109,636 2.61% 5,984
Santa Clara 49.46% 219,188 46.94% 208,023 3.59% 15,927
Contra Costa 49.35% 126,598 48.24% 123,742 2.41% 6,194
Riverside 49.24% 97,774 48.46% 96,228 2.29% 4,556
Calaveras 49.08% 3,695 47.91% 3,607 3.00% 226
Nevada 48.40% 8,170 46.95% 7,926 4.65% 785
Siskiyou 48.37% 7,070 48.31% 7,060 3.32% 485
Fresno 48.10% 72,533 49.71% 74,958 2.20% 3,314
Los Angeles 47.78% 1,174,926 49.69% 1,221,893 2.53% 62,258
Sonoma 47.72% 50,555 47.52% 50,353 4.76% 5,044
El Dorado 47.69% 12,472 48.80% 12,763 3.51% 919
Tuolumne 46.94% 6,104 49.93% 6,492 3.13% 407
Mariposa 46.61% 2,012 48.48% 2,093 4.91% 212
Amador 46.13% 3,699 50.35% 4,037 3.52% 282
Merced 46.08% 14,842 51.65% 16,637 2.26% 729
Madera 45.96% 6,844 51.20% 7,625 2.84% 423
Trinity 45.66% 1,989 49.86% 2,172 4.48% 195
Shasta 45.63% 17,273 50.72% 19,200 3.65% 1,381
Mendocino 45.49% 9,784 49.53% 10,653 4.98% 1,072
Del Norte 45.29% 2,481 50.91% 2,789 3.80% 208
Placer 45.03% 18,154 52.16% 21,026 2.81% 1,131
Stanislaus 44.83% 32,937 52.34% 38,448 2.83% 2,080
Tehama 44.81% 6,110 51.27% 6,990 3.92% 535
Yuba 44.74% 5,496 52.51% 6,451 2.75% 338
Sacramento 44.63% 123,110 52.27% 144,203 3.10% 8,563
Lake 44.46% 5,462 51.88% 6,374 3.65% 449
Plumas 43.94% 2,884 52.25% 3,429 3.81% 250
Sierra 43.15% 680 53.36% 841 3.49% 55
Santa Cruz 43.09% 31,872 51.06% 37,772 5.85% 4,325
Lassen 42.97% 3,007 54.32% 3,801 2.72% 190
Yolo 42.42% 18,376 54.33% 23,533 3.25% 1,408
Solano 42.40% 26,136 54.64% 33,682 2.96% 1,826
Humboldt 41.58% 18,034 54.18% 23,500 4.24% 1,838
San Francisco 40.31% 103,561 52.06% 133,733 7.63% 19,594
Alameda 38.09% 155,280 57.89% 235,988 4.03% 16,413

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1976 Presidential General Election Results - California". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2008-08-25.