United States presidential election in New York, 1996

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United States presidential election in New York, 1996
New York
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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 Pat Choate
Electoral vote 33 0 0
Popular vote 3,756,177 1,933,492 503,458
Percentage 59.47% 30.61% 7.97%

New york presidential results 1996.svg

County Results
  Clinton—80-90%
  Clinton—70-80%
  Clinton—60-70%
  Clinton—50-60%
  Clinton—<50%
  Dole—<50%
  Dole—50-60%

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

The 1996 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 5, 1996 as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose 33 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

New York, a reliable blue state that no Republican has won since 1984, was won by incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton of Arkansas and Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee, over the Republican ticket of Senator Bob Dole of Kansas and Representative Jack Kemp of New York. Clinton carried New York by a landslide 28.86% margin of victory, taking 59.47% of the vote to Dole's 30.61%, even though Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp was from New York. Reform Party candidate Ross Perot finished in third with 7.97% of the popular vote.

Clinton improved dramatically on his 1992 showing in New York, when he had won the state with a 49.73% plurality. 1996 firmly entrenched New York's status in the modern era as a Democratic stronghold, rather than the swing state it had been in the 1970s and 1980s. Many upstate counties which had usually voted Republican were won by the Democratic ticket. Clinton also managed to sweep traditionally Republican suburbs around New York City, being the first Democrat since 1964 to win Republican bastions like Staten Island and Suffolk County. In Westchester County, Clinton increased his lead from a 8.5% win in 1992 to a 21-point sweep in 1996. Many of these gains would be preserved in future elections; since 1996, no Democratic presidential candidate has gotten less than 58% of the vote in New York State.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in New York, 1996[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton 3,649,630 57.78%
Liberal Bill Clinton 106,547 1.69%
Total Bill Clinton (incumbent) 3,756,177 59.47% 33
Republican Bob Dole 1,738,707 27.53%
Conservative Bob Dole 183,392 2.90%
Freedom Bob Dole 11,393 0.18%
Total Bob Dole 1,933,492 30.61% 0
Reform Ross Perot 503,458 7.97% 0
Green Ralph Nader 75,956 1.20% 0
Right to Life (a) Howard Phillips 23,580 0.37% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 12,220 0.19% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin 5,011 0.08% 0
Workers World Monica Moorehead 3,473 0.05% 0
Socialist Workers James Harris 2,762 0.04% 0
Totals 6,316,129 100.0% 33
Voter turnout 43%

(a) Howard Phillips was then nominee of the Constitution Party nationally.

Results Breakdown[edit]

By county[edit]

County Clinton Dole Perot Other
Albany 61.0% 85,993 28.2% 39,785 8.5% 11,957 2.3% 3,256
Allegany 37.4% 6,621 45.8% 8,107 15.4% 2,730 1.4% 245
Bronx 85.8% 248,276 10.5% 30,435 2.5% 7,186 1.2% 3,453
Broome 51.2% 44,407 36.1% 31,327 10.5% 9,114 2.3% 1,966
Cattaraugus 41.2% 13,029 41.0% 12,971 16.3% 5,151 1.6% 492
Cayuga 49.8% 15,879 34.8% 11,093 13.9% 4,420 1.6% 502
Chautauqua 47.7% 26,831 37.8% 21,261 13.3% 7,484 1.3% 714
Chemung 47.4% 16,977 39.9% 14,287 11.1% 3,967 1.6% 582
Chenango 45.6% 8,797 38.0% 7,319 14.6% 2,822 1.8% 341
Clinton 52.9% 15,386 33.6% 9,759 12.0% 3,488 1.5% 427
Columbia 47.1% 12,910 37.7% 10,324 12.6% 3,466 2.6% 703
Cortland 46.9% 9,130 39.1% 7,606 12.3% 2,398 1.6% 315
Delaware 45.0% 8,724 39.6% 7,684 13.4% 2,601 2.0% 385
Dutchess 45.6% 47,339 40.4% 41,929 11.8% 12,294 2.2% 2,259
Erie 54.7% 224,554 32.3% 132,343 11.1% 45,679 1.9% 7,658
Essex 46.5% 7,893 37.6% 6,379 13.9% 2,363 2.1% 351
Franklin 51.8% 8,494 30.9% 5,072 15.2% 2,499 2.0% 329
Fulton 46.3% 9,779 37.3% 7,881 15.2% 3,214 1.2% 256
Genesee 41.6% 10,074 44.6% 10,821 12.4% 2,996 1.4% 347
Greene 41.0% 8,251 43.3% 8,712 13.9% 2,790 1.8% 371
Hamilton 34.0% 1,228 51.0% 1,841 13.6% 492 1.4% 51
Herkimer 44.7% 11,910 37.9% 10,085 15.9% 4,235 1.5% 396
Jefferson 49.2% 16,783 36.2% 12,362 13.4% 4,561 1.2% 421
Kings 80.1% 432,232 15.1% 81,406 2.8% 15,031 2.1% 11,164
Lewis 43.2% 4,402 38.9% 3,965 16.4% 1,669 1.5% 149
Livingston 43.2% 10,868 43.7% 10,981 11.5% 2,889 1.6% 400
Madison 43.8% 11,832 42.0% 11,324 12.5% 3,379 1.7% 453
Monroe 53.2% 164,858 37.3% 115,694 7.7% 23,936 1.8% 5,506
Montgomery 49.5% 10,485 33.9% 7,172 15.4% 3,253 1.2% 256
Nassau 55.7% 303,587 36.1% 196,820 6.6% 36,122 1.5% 8,135
New York 80.0% 394,131 13.8% 67,839 2.3% 11,144 4.0% 19,785
Niagara 49.4% 44,203 35.1% 31,438 14.0% 12,564 1.4% 1,239
Oneida 46.8% 44,399 40.0% 37,996 11.9% 11,296 1.3% 1,238
Onondaga 51.4% 100,190 37.8% 73,771 9.0% 17,602 1.7% 3,376
Ontario 46.2% 19,156 41.6% 17,237 10.6% 4,391 1.6% 655
Orange 48.0% 54,995 40.1% 45,956 10.3% 11,778 1.6% 1,809
Orleans 40.8% 6,233 45.0% 6,865 13.0% 1,986 1.2% 184
Oswego 44.8% 20,440 37.6% 17,159 16.4% 7,499 1.3% 575
Otsego 47.5% 11,470 36.4% 8,774 13.3% 3,217 2.8% 665
Putnam 42.1% 16,173 45.4% 17,452 10.5% 4,032 2.0% 775
Queens 72.9% 372,925 21.1% 107,650 4.4% 22,288 1.6% 8,433
Rensselaer 50.7% 34,273 34.7% 23,482 12.4% 8,405 2.2% 1,465
Richmond 50.5% 64,684 40.8% 52,207 7.0% 8,968 1.7% 2,148
Rockland 56.2% 63,127 36.0% 40,395 6.1% 6,798 1.7% 1,921
St. Lawrence 56.7% 21,798 28.1% 10,827 13.8% 5,309 1.4% 543
Saratoga 46.5% 39,832 40.1% 34,337 11.8% 10,141 1.6% 1,355
Schenectady 53.1% 35,404 33.1% 22,106 11.8% 7,865 2.0% 1,334
Schoharie 44.5% 5,902 40.4% 5,353 13.5% 1,796 1.6% 210
Schuyler 43.3% 3,303 41.0% 3,134 13.6% 1,037 2.1% 161
Seneca 48.9% 6,825 35.9% 5,004 13.5% 1,889 1.7% 237
Steuben 37.9% 14,481 46.4% 17,710 14.4% 5,496 1.3% 484
Suffolk 51.8% 261,828 36.1% 182,510 10.3% 52,209 1.7% 8,666
Sullivan 53.3% 15,052 33.0% 9,321 12.2% 3,453 1.5% 418
Tioga 41.2% 8,769 44.2% 9,416 12.8% 2,721 1.8% 376
Tompkins 56.0% 20,772 31.1% 11,532 7.1% 2,623 5.9% 2,197
Ulster 48.5% 35,852 35.5% 26,212 12.5% 9,246 3.4% 2,541
Warren 43.3% 11,603 41.6% 11,152 13.5% 3,623 1.5% 413
Washington 42.5% 9,572 39.7% 8,954 16.2% 3,648 1.6% 370
Wayne 42.1% 15,145 44.0% 15,837 12.8% 4,619 1.1% 396
Westchester 56.9% 196,310 35.9% 123,719 5.2% 18,028 2.0% 6,806
Wyoming 36.2% 5,735 47.3% 7,477 15.2% 2,411 1.3% 198
Yates 43.6% 4,066 42.1% 3,925 12.8% 1,190 1.6% 146

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