United States presidential election in Colorado, 1976

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United States presidential election in Colorado, 1976

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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 7 0
Popular vote 584,367 460,353
Percentage 54.1% 42.6%

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Results by county
Ford           Carter

President before election

Gerald Ford

Elected President

Jimmy Carter

The 1976 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 2, 1976, as part of the 1976 United States presidential election. Voters chose seven representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Colorado was won by incumbent President Gerald Ford (RMichigan). with 54.1% of the popular vote, against Jimmy Carter (DGeorgia), with 41.6% of the popular vote. None of the third-party candidates amounted to a significant portion of the vote, but Eugene McCarthy (IMinnesota) won 2.4% of the popular vote and came third overall in the nation. Despite losing in Colorado, Carter went on to win the national election and became the 39th president of the United States. Colorado had previously voted Republican fifteen times, Democrat nine times, and Populist once (for James B. Weaver in 1892).[1] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Dolores County, Prowers County, Phillips County, and Cheyenne County voted for the Democratic candidate.


United States presidential election in Colorado, 1976
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald Ford (inc.) 584,367 54.05%
Democratic Jimmy Carter 460,353 42.58%
Independent Eugene McCarthy 26,107 2.41%
Libertarian Roger MacBride 5,330 0.49%
Prohibition Ben Bubar 2,882 0.27%
Write-In 2,096 0.19%
Total votes 1,081,135 100%