United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1996

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United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1996
South Carolina
1992 ←
November 5, 1996 → 2000

  Bob Dole, PCCWW photo portrait.JPG Bill Clinton.jpg Ross Perot.jpg
Nominee Robert Dole Bill Clinton Ross Perot
Party Republican Democratic Reform
Home state Kansas Arkansas Texas
Running mate Jack Kemp Al Gore Pat Choate
Electoral vote 8 0 0
Popular vote 573,458 504,051 64,386
Percentage 49.9% 43.9% 5.6%


County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Bill Clinton

The 1996 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 7, 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.

South Carolina was won by Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), with Dole winning 49.89% to 43.85% over President Bill Clinton (D) by a margin of 6.04%.[1] Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform-TX) finished in third with 5.6% of the popular vote .

This marked the first time that a Democratic nominee was elected twice without winning South Carolina either time. Once a Democratic stronghold, the state has moved towards the Republicans after their party was taken over by conservatives and Southerners in the 1980s and 1990s. No Democrat has won the state since 1976, and today it is considered one of the safest red states.


United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1996
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Bob Dole Jack Kemp 573,458 49.89% 8
Democratic Bill Clinton (incumbent) Al Gore 504,051 43.85% 0
Reform Ross Perot Patrick Choate 64,386 5.60% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Jo Jorgensen 4,271 0.37% 0
U.S. Taxpayers' Howard Phillips Herbert Titus 2,043 0.18% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin Dr. V. Tompkins 1,248 0.11% 0


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