United States presidential election in Connecticut, 1996

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United States presidential election in Connecticut, 1996
Connecticut
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November 5, 1996
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  Bill Clinton.jpg Bob Dole, PCCWW photo portrait.JPG Ross Perot.jpg
Nominee Bill Clinton Bob Dole Ross Perot
Party Democratic Republican Reform
Home state Arkansas Kansas Texas
Running mate Al Gore Jack Kemp Patrick Choate
Electoral vote 8 0 0
Popular vote 735,740 483,109 139,523
Percentage 52.83% 34.69% 10.02%

Connecticut Presidential Election Results by County, 1996.svg

County Results
  Clinton—50-60%
  Clinton—<50%

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

The 1996 United States presidential election in Connecticut took place on November 5, 1996 as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose 8 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Connecticut was won by incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton, who took 52.83% of the vote over Republican Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, who took 34.69%, a victory margin of 18.14%. The Reform Party candidate, Texas Billionaire Ross Perot, finished in third with 10.02% of the popular vote.[1]

Clinton's decisive win was indicative of a major shift toward the Democratic Party throughout the Northeast in the 1990s. Connecticut had previously been a Republican-leaning swing state, with Republicans winning it in the 1980s but Clinton carrying it by a fairly close 42-36 plurality in 1992. However in 1996 Clinton not only won by double digits, but swept every county in the state, including traditionally Republican Fairfield County and Litchfield County, the first Democrat to do so since 1964. Clinton's gains proved enduring, as every county except Litchfield has voted Democratic in all the elections that have followed. Consequently the state has become a reliably blue state in presidential elections, with Democratic nominees winning the state by double digits in every election since.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Connecticut, 1996
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton (incumbent) Al Gore 735,740 52.83% 8
Republican Bob Dole Jack Kemp 483,109 34.69% 0
Reform Ross Perot Patrick Choate 139,523 10.02% 0
Green Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 24,321 1.75% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Jo Jorgensen 5,788 0.42% 0
Concerned Citizens Howard Phillips Joseph Zdonczyk 2,425 0.17% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin Dr. V. Tompkins 1,703 0.12% 0
Write-in James Harris 4 0.00% 0
No party Write-in 1 0.00% 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Leip's Atlas of United States Presidential Election Results - 1996 Connecticut Results

See also[edit]