United States presidential election in Colorado, 1996
|Elections in Colorado|
The 1996 United States presidential election in Colorado 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.
Colorado was narrowly won by Republican Senator Bob Dole of Kansas over incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton of Arkansas. Dole won with a plurality of 45.80% of the vote to Clinton's 44.43%, a margin of 1.37%. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot of Texas, running as the Reform Party candidate, finished in third, with 6.59% of the popular vote.
Dole, from neighboring Kansas, performed most strongly in the eastern parts of Colorado bordering Kansas. Clinton maintained a strong showing statewide by dominating Denver, the state's capital and largest city, by a 62-30 margin, along with winning part of suburban Denver with a 51-39 victory in Adams County. Clinton also decisively won Boulder County, home to Boulder, by a 52-35 margin, as well as winning a substantial number of traditionally Democratic counties in the eastern and southern parts of the state. However Dole edged out Clinton statewide with strong victories in several highly populated counties. Dole narrowly won the suburban Denver counties of Jefferson County and Arapahoe County, and won a commanding 59-32 victory in conservative El Paso County, home to Colorado Springs. In a notable switch from 1992, Larimer County, home to Fort Collins, flipped from a narrow Clinton victory in 1992 to a narrow victory for Bob Dole in 1996.
Dole's slim victory in the state made Colorado one of only three states (along with Georgia and Montana) to flip from voting for Clinton in 1992 to voting against him in 1996, even as Clinton increased his national margin of victory by nearly 3 points. As of the 2016 presidential election[update], this is the last time that the state voted differently with Nevada and the last time to date that Colorado has backed a losing Republican for President. This is also the last election in which Mineral County, Otero County, and Bent County voted for the Democratic candidate, and the last election in which Alamosa County voted for the Republican candidate.
|United States presidential election in Colorado, 1996|
|Party||Candidate||Running mate||Votes||Percentage||Electoral votes|
|Republican||Robert Dole||Jack Kemp||691,848||45.80%||8|
|Democratic||Bill Clinton (incumbent)||Al Gore||671,152||44.43%||0|
|Reform||Ross Perot||Patrick Choate||99,629||6.59%||0|
|Green CO||Ralph Nader||Winona LaDuke||25,070||1.66%||0|
|Libertarian||Harry Browne||Jo Jorgensen||12,392||0.82%||0|
|American Constitution||Howard Phillips||Herbert Titus||2,813||0.19%||0|
|Independent||Charles Collins||Rosemary Giumarra||2,809||0.19%||0|
|Natural Law||Dr. John Hagelin||Dr. V. Tompkins||2,547||0.17%||0|
|Socialist||Mary Cal Hollis||Eric Chester||669||0.04%||0|
|Workers World||Monica Moorehead||Gloria La Riva||599||0.04%||0|
|American||Diane Templin||Gary Van Horn||557||0.04%||0|
|CO Prohibition||Earl Dodge||Rachel Kelly||375||0.02%||0|
|Socialist Workers Campaign||James Harris||Laura Garza||244||0.02%||0|