United States presidential election in Florida, 1976

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United States presidential election in Florida, 1976

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Turnout Increase77%

  Carter cropped.jpg Gerald Ford, official Presidential photo.jpg
Nominee Jimmy Carter Gerald Ford
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Georgia Michigan
Running mate Walter Mondale Bob Dole
Electoral vote 17 0
Popular vote 1,636,000 1,469,531
Percentage 51.93% 46.64%

Florida Presidential Election Results 1976.svg
County results

President before election

Gerald Ford
Republican

Elected President

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

In the 1976 United States presidential election, Florida was won by the Democratic candidate, former Governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter, over the Republican candidate, incumbent President Gerald Ford. Carter won by a margin of 5.29 points, giving him 17 electoral votes. Other Southern states also went for Carter, especially his home state of Georgia and Arkansas.[1]

A bellwether state today, Florida has voted for the winner in every election since 1928, except for two elections (1960 and later 1992). As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Duval County, Polk County, Brevard County, Marion County, Bay County, Holmes County, Washington County, DeSoto County, Hardee County, Nassau County, St. Johns County, and Walton County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. [2] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time Florida voted more Democratic than the national average.

Results[edit]

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral
vote
Running mate
Count Percentage Vice-presidential candidate Home state Electoral vote
Jimmy Carter Democratic Georgia 1,636,000 51.93% 17 Walter Mondale Minnesota 17
Gerald Ford Republican Michigan 1,469,531 46.64% 0 Bob Dole Kansas 0
Eugene McCarthy Independent Minnesota 23,643 0.75% 0 Sharon Stone Kilpatrick Virginia 0
Thomas J. Anderson American Tennessee 21,325 0.68% 0 Rufus Shackelford Florida 0
Roger MacBride Libertarian Virginia 103 0.00% 0 David Bergland California 0
Julius Levin Socialist Labor New Jersey 19 0.00% 0 Constance Blomen Massachusetts 0
Frank Zeidler Socialist Wisconsin 8 0.00% 0 J. Quinn Brisben Illinois 0
Ernest Miller Write-in 2 0.00% 0 0
Total 3,150,631 100% 17 17
Needed to win 270 270

Results by county[edit]

James Earl Carter
Democratic
Gerald Rudolph Ford
Republican
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % #
Alachua 27,895 62.58% 15,546 34.87% 1,137 2.55% 12,349 27.70% 44,578
Baker 2,985 71.16% 1,058 25.22% 152 3.62% 1,927 45.94% 4,195
Bay 14,858 50.39% 14,208 48.19% 418 1.42% 650 2.20% 29,484
Bradford 3,868 68.86% 1,680 29.91% 69 1.23% 2,188 38.95% 5,617
Brevard 46,421 50.26% 44,470 48.15% 1,473 1.59% 1,951 2.11% 92,364
Broward 176,491 51.55% 161,411 47.15% 4,441 1.30% 15,080 4.40% 342,343
Calhoun 2,487 67.42% 1,153 31.26% 49 1.33% 1,334 36.16% 3,689
Charlotte 10,300 44.14% 12,703 54.44% 330 1.41% -2,403 -10.30% 23,333
Citrus 9,438 53.30% 7,973 45.03% 296 1.67% 1,465 8.27% 17,707
Clay 8,410 49.04% 8,468 49.38% 270 1.57% -58 -0.34% 17,148
Collier 8,764 36.96% 14,643 61.76% 303 1.28% -5,879 -24.80% 23,710
Columbia 6,683 62.08% 3,947 36.66% 136 1.26% 2,736 25.41% 10,766
Dade 303,047 58.06% 211,148 40.45% 7,747 1.48% 91,899 17.61% 521,942
Desoto 2,715 56.30% 2,000 41.48% 107 2.22% 715 14.83% 4,822
Dixie 2,169 78.82% 558 20.28% 25 0.91% 1,611 58.54% 2,752
Duval 105,912 58.01% 74,997 41.08% 1,652 0.90% 30,915 16.93% 182,561
Escambia 38,279 47.42% 41,471 51.38% 965 1.20% -3,192 -3.95% 80,715
Flagler 2,086 61.84% 1,262 37.41% 25 0.74% 824 24.43% 3,373
Franklin 1,859 62.53% 1,054 35.45% 60 2.02% 805 27.08% 2,973
Gadsden 6,798 65.17% 3,531 33.85% 102 0.98% 3,267 31.32% 10,431
Gilchrist 1,807 76.76% 528 22.43% 19 0.81% 1,279 54.33% 2,354
Glades 1,311 66.72% 624 31.76% 30 1.53% 687 34.96% 1,965
Gulf 2,641 61.69% 1,584 37.00% 56 1.31% 1,057 24.69% 4,281
Hamilton 2,053 69.57% 794 26.91% 104 3.52% 1,259 42.66% 2,951
Hardee 2,670 52.28% 2,189 42.86% 248 4.86% 481 9.42% 5,107
Hendry 2,337 54.94% 1,843 43.32% 74 1.74% 494 11.61% 4,254
Hernando 7,717 56.20% 5,793 42.19% 222 1.62% 1,924 14.01% 13,732
Highlands 7,218 45.88% 8,317 52.86% 198 1.26% -1,099 -6.99% 15,733
Hillsborough 94,589 54.01% 78,504 44.82% 2,052 1.17% 16,085 9.18% 175,145
Holmes 3,256 62.86% 1,850 35.71% 74 1.43% 1,406 27.14% 5,180
Indian River 8,512 45.63% 9,818 52.63% 324 1.74% -1,306 -7.00% 18,654
Jackson 7,687 60.76% 4,795 37.90% 170 1.34% 2,892 22.86% 12,652
Jefferson 2,310 61.62% 1,361 36.30% 78 2.08% 949 25.31% 3,749
Lafayette 1,126 67.63% 523 31.41% 16 0.96% 603 36.22% 1,665
Lake 14,369 41.31% 19,976 57.42% 442 1.27% -5,607 -16.12% 34,787
Lee 30,567 43.80% 38,038 54.50% 1,184 1.70% -7,471 -10.71% 69,789
Leon 28,729 53.76% 23,739 44.42% 975 1.82% 4,990 9.34% 53,443
Levy 4,025 65.28% 1,965 31.87% 176 2.85% 2,060 33.41% 6,166
Liberty 1,137 64.02% 620 34.91% 19 1.07% 517 29.11% 1,776
Madison 3,218 63.85% 1,761 34.94% 61 1.21% 1,457 28.91% 5,040
Manatee 24,342 44.78% 29,300 53.90% 718 1.32% -4,958 -9.12% 54,360
Marion 16,963 50.37% 16,163 47.99% 553 1.64% 800 2.38% 33,679
Martin 8,785 42.33% 11,682 56.28% 289 1.39% -2,897 -13.96% 20,756
Monroe 11,079 56.08% 8,232 41.67% 446 2.26% 2,847 14.41% 19,757
Nassau 5,896 64.51% 3,136 34.31% 108 1.18% 2,760 30.20% 9,140
Okaloosa 14,210 42.68% 18,598 55.86% 487 1.46% -4,388 -13.18% 33,295
Okeechobee 3,184 65.99% 1,598 33.12% 43 0.89% 1,586 32.87% 4,825
Orange 58,442 44.80% 70,451 54.01% 1,544 1.18% -12,009 -9.21% 130,437
Osceola 6,893 48.63% 7,062 49.82% 220 1.55% -169 -1.19% 14,175
Palm Beach 96,705 48.68% 98,236 49.45% 3,716 1.87% -1,531 -0.77% 198,657
Pasco 33,710 53.72% 28,306 45.11% 731 1.16% 5,404 8.61% 62,747
Pinellas 141,879 48.00% 150,003 50.75% 3,687 1.25% -8,124 -2.75% 295,569
Polk 47,286 51.01% 44,238 47.72% 1,182 1.27% 3,048 3.29% 92,706
Putnam 9,597 64.81% 5,040 34.03% 172 1.16% 4,557 30.77% 14,809
St. Johns 7,412 51.58% 6,660 46.34% 299 2.08% 752 5.23% 14,371
St. Lucie 12,386 51.16% 11,502 47.51% 321 1.33% 884 3.65% 24,209
Santa Rosa 8,020 46.06% 9,122 52.39% 270 1.55% -1,102 -6.33% 17,412
Sarasota 26,293 36.78% 44,157 61.78% 1,028 1.44% -17,864 -24.99% 71,478
Seminole 19,609 41.89% 26,655 56.94% 549 1.17% -7,046 -15.05% 46,813
Sumter 4,721 66.59% 2,212 31.20% 157 2.21% 2,509 35.39% 7,090
Suwannee 4,718 63.74% 2,405 32.49% 279 3.77% 2,313 31.25% 7,402
Taylor 3,370 62.34% 1,983 36.68% 53 0.98% 1,387 25.66% 5,406
Union 1,480 72.55% 544 26.67% 16 0.78% 936 45.88% 2,040
Volusia 49,161 55.72% 37,523 42.53% 1,541 1.75% 11,638 13.19% 88,225
Wakulla 2,353 57.78% 1,580 38.80% 139 3.41% 773 18.98% 4,072
Walton 5,196 62.76% 2,927 35.35% 156 1.88% 2,269 27.41% 8,279
Washington 3,566 59.47% 2,313 38.58% 117 1.95% 1,253 20.90% 5,996
Totals 1,636,000 51.93% 1,469,531 46.64% 45,100 1.43% 166,469 5.28% 3,150,631

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1976 Presidential General Election Results – Florida
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016