United States presidential election in Vermont, 1996

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

  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 3 0 0
Popular vote 137,894 80,352 31,024
Percentage 53.35% 31.09% 12.00%

Vermont Election Results by County 1996.svg

County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Bill Clinton

The 1996 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 7, 1996 as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Vermont was won by incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton over Republican Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, with Clinton winning 53.35% to Dole's 31.09%, a margin of 22.26%. The Reform Party candidate, billionaire businessman Ross Perot, finished in third with 12.00% of the popular vote.[1]

Although Clinton had carried the state comfortably in 1992, prior to that point Vermont had been one of the most reliably Republican states in the nation, voting Republican in every election from 1856 to 1988 except for the 1964 nationwide Democratic landslide. However Vermont had always favored a liberal, secular, Northeastern brand of Republicanism, and by the 1990s, the Republican Party had become increasingly dominated by conservative, Southern, and Evangelical Christian interests. Consequently Vermont trended increasingly toward the Democratic Party, and Clinton was able to win an even bigger victory in the state in 1996 than he had in 1992, again sweeping every county in the state.

Clinton's win in 1996 marked the first time in history that Vermont had voted Democratic in two consecutive presidential elections, signifying a long-term realignment of the state away from the GOP. Since then Vermont has become regarded as one of the safest of blue states; it has remained Democratic in every election that has followed, often by landslide margins.


United States presidential election in Vermont, 1996
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton (incumbent) Al Gore 137,894 53.35% 3
Republican Robert Dole Jack Kemp 80,352 31.09% 0
Reform Ross Perot Patrick Choate 31,024 12.00% 0
Green Coalition Ralph Nader Anne Goeke[1][2] 5,585 2.16% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Jo Jorgensen 1,183 0.46% 0
No party Write-in 560 0.22% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin Dr. V. Tompkins 498 0.19% 0
Grassroots Dennis Peron Arlin Troutt Jr. 480 0.19% 0
U.S. Taxpayers' Party Howard Phillips Albion W. Knight Jr.[1][3] 382 0.15% 0
Liberty Union Mary Cal Hollis Eric Chester 292 0.11% 0
Socialist Workers Party James Harris Laura Garza 199 0.08% 0


  1. ^ a b c Dave Leip's Atlas of United States Presidential Election Results - 1996 Vermont Results
  2. ^ Vermont is one of the states where Ralph Nader's running mate (Winona LaDuke) was replaced on the ballot by Anne Goeke.
  3. ^ President Elect - 1996 - http://presidentelect.org/e1996.html

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