1976 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

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1976 United States presidential election in Washington

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  Gerald Ford, official Presidential photo.jpg Carter cropped.jpg
Nominee Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Michigan Georgia
Running mate Bob Dole Walter Mondale
Electoral vote 8 (Ford)[a]
9 (Dole)
0
Popular vote 777,732 717,323
Percentage 50.00% 46.11%

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County Results


Ford:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%
Carter:      40-50%

     50-60%

President before election

Gerald Ford
Republican

Elected President

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

The 1976 United States presidential election in Washington was held on November 2, 1976. Incumbent President Gerald Ford won the state of Washington with exactly 50 percent of the vote,[1] but received only eight of the state’s nine electoral votes. Former California Governor Ronald Reagan lost the Republican nomination to Gerald Ford in 1976 and was not on the ballot in any state. However, he was given one electoral vote by Washington faithless elector Mike Padden. This also the most recent presidential election where Washington would vote Republican in a close nationwide contest, while backing the Republican who did not win the overall election too. In addition, this was also the last time until Donald Trump lost two Texas electoral votes in 2016, when a Republican presidential candidate would lose an electoral vote to a faithless elector.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Washington, 1976[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Gerald Ford (incumbent) 777,732 50.00% 8
Democratic Jimmy Carter 717,323 46.11% 0
Independent Eugene McCarthy 36,986 2.38% 0
Right Government Lester Maddox 8,585 0.55% 0
American Constitution Thomas J. Anderson 5,046 0.32% 0
Libertarian Roger MacBride 5,042 0.32% 0
Bicentennial Reality Margaret Wright 1,124 0.07% 0
Socialist Workers Peter Camejo 905 0.06% 0
U.S. Labor Lyndon LaRouche 903 0.06% 0
Communist Gus Hall 817 0.05% 0
Socialist Labor Julius Levin 713 0.05% 0
Socialist Frank Zeidler 358 0.02% 0
Republican Ronald Reagan 0 0.00% 1
Totals 1,555,534 100.00% 9
Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered voters) 60%/75%

Results by county[edit]

County Gerald Rudolph Ford
Republican
James Earl Carter
Democratic
Eugene Joseph McCarthy[2]
Independent
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # % # %
Adams 2,795 58.56% 1,790 37.50% 68 1.43% 115 2.41% 1,005 21.08% 4,773
Asotin 2,752 47.22% 2,898 49.73% 80 1.38% 87 1.50% -146 -2.51% 5,828
Benton 22,135 63.95% 11,306 32.67% 677 1.96% 441 1.28% 10,829 31.33% 34,611
Chelan 10,492 56.13% 7,623 40.78% 322 1.73% 219 1.17% 2,869 15.38% 18,692
Clallam 9,132 49.67% 8,268 44.97% 475 2.60% 418 2.29% 864 4.72% 18,386
Clark 27,938 45.65% 31,080 50.78% 1,469 2.40% 597 0.98% -3,142 -5.14% 61,201
Columbia 1,153 56.69% 829 40.76% 29 1.43% 23 1.13% 324 15.93% 2,034
Cowlitz 12,531 44.11% 14,958 52.66% 562 1.98% 293 1.03% -2,427 -8.56% 28,406
Douglas 4,547 53.09% 3,809 44.48% 111 1.30% 83 0.97% 738 8.63% 8,564
Ferry 776 45.86% 814 48.11% 45 2.66% 55 3.25% -38 -2.25% 1,692
Franklin 5,671 54.51% 4,369 42.00% 192 1.85% 151 1.45% 1,302 12.54% 10,403
Garfield 892 57.18% 616 39.49% 26 1.67% 23 1.48% 276 17.73% 1,560
Grant 9,192 51.87% 7,777 43.89% 400 2.26% 305 1.73% 1,415 8.01% 17,721
Grays Harbor 9,464 39.61% 13,478 56.41% 534 2.24% 331 1.39% -4,014 -16.86% 23,893
Island 7,804 55.33% 5,859 41.54% 280 1.99% 134 0.95% 1,945 13.82% 14,104
Jefferson 2,794 45.86% 2,913 47.82% 199 3.29% 136 2.25% -119 -1.97% 6,092
King 279,382 50.79% 248,743 45.22% 14,234 2.60% 5,483 1.00% 30,609 5.59% 550,119
Kitsap 23,124 45.56% 25,701 50.64% 1,179 2.33% 642 1.27% -2,577 -5.09% 50,750
Kittitas 4,765 47.57% 4,858 48.50% 267 2.67% 99 0.99% -93 -0.93% 10,017
Klickitat 2,573 44.99% 2,890 50.53% 126 2.21% 119 2.08% -317 -5.55% 5,719
Lewis 10,933 51.65% 9,026 42.64% 557 2.64% 601 2.85% 1,907 9.03% 21,167
Lincoln 2,925 57.57% 1,978 38.93% 98 1.93% 71 1.40% 947 18.67% 5,081
Mason 4,758 42.14% 6,060 53.67% 268 2.38% 178 1.58% -1,302 -11.56% 11,291
Okanogan 5,455 47.05% 5,543 47.81% 338 2.92% 233 2.01% -88 -0.76% 11,595
Pacific 2,781 37.84% 4,278 58.20% 192 2.62% 77 1.05% -1,497 -20.43% 7,350
Pend Oreille 1,516 47.82% 1,533 48.36% 62 1.96% 51 1.61% -17 -0.54% 3,170
Pierce 74,668 46.92% 78,238 49.16% 4,316 2.72% 1,502 0.95% -3,570 -2.25% 159,148
San Juan 1,998 53.68% 1,467 39.41% 152 4.12% 76 2.06% 531 14.38% 3,722
Skagit 13,060 48.66% 12,718 47.39% 575 2.15% 412 1.54% 342 1.28% 26,837
Skamania 1,102 41.55% 1,436 54.15% 82 3.09% 30 1.13% -334 -12.60% 2,652
Snohomish 55,375 47.95% 55,623 48.16% 2,470 2.14% 1,731 1.50% -248 -0.22% 115,488
Spokane 68,290 53.37% 55,660 43.50% 2,033 1.59% 1,683 1.32% 12,630 9.89% 127,954
Stevens 4,719 51.81% 3,824 41.98% 181 1.99% 357 3.93% 895 9.86% 9,109
Thurston 21,000 47.67% 21,247 48.23% 1,120 2.55% 494 1.13% -247 -0.56% 44,056
Wahkiakum 704 41.17% 942 55.09% 32 1.87% 30 1.76% -238 -13.93% 1,710
Walla Walla 10,883 59.15% 7,012 38.11% 328 1.78% 153 0.83% 3,871 21.07% 18,400
Whatcom 20,007 48.00% 19,739 47.36% 1,393 3.36% 373 0.90% 268 0.65% 41,679
Whitman 8,168 54.21% 6,197 41.13% 428 2.85% 215 1.43% 1,971 13.13% 15,068
Yakima 29,478 53.12% 24,223 43.65% 1,086 1.96% 624 1.13% 5,255 9.48% 55,492
Totals 777,732 50.00% 717,323 46.11% 36,986 2.38% 23,493 1.51% 60,409 3.88% 1,555,534

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ One elector voted for Ronald Reagan for president

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1976 Presidential General Election Results – Washington". Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Our Campaigns; WA US President 1976