Florida held an election for president of the United States on November 3, 1992. The race was extremely close -- so close in fact that some news networks mistakenly reported that Democratic challenger Bill Clinton had won in the state, although incumbent President George H. W. Bush was eventually declared the winner. Bush received 40.89% of the vote to Clinton's 39.00%. The final result in Florida reflected the reluctance of many Southern states to back Clinton, although Clinton was polling well in other parts of the country. President Bush very narrowly won in Florida by a margin of 1.89%, making it the first time it had backed the losing candidate since 1960, when it voted for Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy. Despite Bush's narrow victory, this election marked the start of Florida's transition from a strong GOP-leaning state into a closely divided swing state for future presidential elections; just four years earlier Bush had carried Florida by 22 points in 1988, making it his second-best state in the South. Notably, Clinton flipped the heavily populated counties of South Florida, Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County, which had all voted for Bush in 1988, into the Democratic column, and they have remained reliable Democratic bastions in the state ever since, buoying Democratic base support in the state. Clinton would carry the state comfortably four years later in 1996 in the midst of his re-election victory.