United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1996
|Elections in South Carolina|
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%. 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|