United States presidential election in Florida, 1996

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United States presidential election in Florida

← 1992 November 5, 1996 2000 →
Turnout Decrease67%

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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 25 0 0
Popular vote 2,546,870 2,244,536 483,870
Percentage 48.02% 42.32% 9.12%

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County Results
  Clinton—60-70%
  Clinton—50-60%
  Clinton—40-50%
  Dole—40-50%
  Dole—50-60%
  Dole—60-70%

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

The 1996 United States presidential election in Florida took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose twenty-five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Florida was won by President Bill Clinton (D) over Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), with Clinton winning 48.02% to 42.32% by a margin of 5.7%. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform-TX) finished in third, with 9.12% of the popular vote.[1]

Florida was heavily targeted by the Clinton campaign. Clinton capitalized on Republican-proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security during the 1995 shutdown that caused a backlash in this state with a significant amount of elderly, this message having resonated with a lot of senior citizens who lived in the state. Clinton also managed to turnout a growing minority demographic of Hispanics and blacks within the state, while the booming economy eased long standing skepticism of the Democrats in the state among middle class voters. Ultimately his victory would solidify Florida's status as a swing state, a trend which started with his narrow loss of the state in 1992. At 7:00 P.M. on election night CNN called Florida for Bill Clinton.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Calhoun County, Dixie County, Gilchrist County, Franklin County, Glades County, Gulf County, Hamilton County, Hendry County, Levy County, Madison County, Okeechobee County, Putnam County, Sumter County, Taylor County, Wakulla County, and Citrus County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate and the last election in which Orange County voted for a Republican presidential candidate.[2]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Florida, 1996[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton Al Gore 2,546,870 48.02% 25
Republican Bob Dole Jack Kemp 2,244,536 42.32% 0
Reform Ross Perot Patrick Choate 483,870 9.12% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Jo Jorgensen 23,965 0.45% 0
Write-in Ralph Nader Islara Souto 4,101 0.08% 0
Write-in John Hagelin Dr. V. Tompkins 418 0.01% 0
Write-in Mary Cal Hollis Eric Chester 21 0.00% 0
Write-in James Harris Laura Garza 13 0.00% 0

Results by county[edit]

William Jefferson Clinton
Democratic
Robert Joseph Dole
Republican
Henry Ross Perot
Reform
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % # % #
Alachua 40,161 53.90% 25,316 33.97% 8,073 10.83% 966 1.30% 14,845 19.92% 74,516
Baker 2,273 34.25% 3,686 55.54% 667 10.05% 11 0.17% -1,413 -21.29% 6,637
Bay 17,068 33.02% 28,365 54.87% 5,926 11.46% 335 0.65% -11,297 -21.85% 51,694
Bradford 3,356 40.69% 4,039 48.97% 819 9.93% 34 0.41% -683 -8.28% 8,248
Brevard 80,445 41.23% 88,022 45.11% 25,256 12.94% 1,410 0.72% -7,577 -3.88% 195,133
Broward 320,779 63.51% 142,870 28.29% 38,967 7.71% 2,482 0.49% 177,909 35.22% 505,098
Calhoun 1,794 43.15% 1,717 41.29% 630 15.15% 17 0.41% 77 1.85% 4,158
Charlotte 27,121 43.03% 27,847 44.18% 7,783 12.35% 276 0.44% -726 -1.15% 63,027
Citrus 22,044 44.44% 20,125 40.57% 7,246 14.61% 185 0.37% 1,919 3.87% 49,600
Clay 13,259 28.16% 30,370 64.49% 3,282 6.97% 181 0.38% -17,111 -36.34% 47,092
Collier 23,185 31.97% 42,593 58.74% 6,320 8.72% 419 0.58% -19,408 -26.76% 72,517
Columbia 6,691 40.98% 7,588 46.48% 1,970 12.07% 77 0.47% -897 -5.49% 16,326
Desoto 3,222 43.01% 3,275 43.71% 966 12.89% 29 0.39% -53 -0.71% 7,492
Dixie 1,734 45.63% 1,399 36.82% 653 17.18% 14 0.37% 335 8.82% 3,800
Duval 112,328 44.20% 126,959 49.96% 13,850 5.45% 986 0.39% -14,631 -5.76% 254,123
Escambia 37,838 35.06% 60,997 56.52% 8,597 7.97% 493 0.46% -23,159 -21.46% 107,925
Flagler 9,585 47.74% 8,234 41.01% 2,185 10.88% 75 0.37% 1,351 6.73% 20,079
Franklin 2,096 45.86% 1,563 34.20% 878 19.21% 33 0.72% 533 11.66% 4,570
Gadsden 9,407 66.25% 3,817 26.88% 938 6.61% 37 0.26% 5,590 39.37% 14,199
Gilchrist 1,985 41.40% 1,939 40.44% 841 17.54% 30 0.63% 46 0.96% 4,795
Glades 1,530 44.59% 1,361 39.67% 521 15.19% 19 0.55% 169 4.93% 3,431
Gulf 2,480 41.39% 2,430 40.55% 1,054 17.59% 28 0.47% 50 0.83% 5,992
Hamilton 1,735 47.24% 1,520 41.38% 406 11.05% 12 0.33% 215 5.85% 3,673
Hardee 2,417 38.95% 2,928 47.18% 851 13.71% 10 0.16% -511 -8.23% 6,206
Hendry 3,885 43.66% 3,855 43.32% 1,135 12.75% 24 0.27% 30 0.34% 8,899
Hernando 28,524 49.12% 22,046 37.97% 7,272 12.52% 224 0.39% 6,478 11.16% 58,066
Highlands 14,250 42.27% 15,617 46.32% 3,739 11.09% 108 0.32% -1,367 -4.05% 33,714
Hillsborough 144,266 46.80% 136,656 44.33% 25,156 8.16% 2,193 0.71% 7,610 2.47% 308,271
Holmes 2,312 33.98% 3,249 47.75% 1,208 17.75% 35 0.51% -937 -13.77% 6,804
Indian River 16,375 37.24% 22,714 51.66% 4,637 10.55% 246 0.56% -6,339 -14.42% 43,972
Jackson 6,667 42.98% 7,189 46.34% 1,602 10.33% 55 0.35% -522 -3.36% 15,513
Jefferson 2,544 52.90% 1,851 38.49% 393 8.17% 21 0.44% 693 14.41% 4,809
Lafayette 829 35.70% 1,166 50.22% 316 13.61% 11 0.47% -337 -14.51% 2,322
Lake 29,752 40.25% 35,097 47.48% 8,815 11.92% 259 0.35% -5,345 -7.23% 73,923
Lee 65,699 39.59% 80,898 48.75% 18,394 11.08% 960 0.58% -15,199 -9.16% 165,951
Leon 50,072 54.59% 33,930 36.99% 6,673 7.28% 1,042 1.14% 16,142 17.60% 91,717
Levy 4,938 44.63% 4,299 38.85% 1,774 16.03% 54 0.49% 639 5.77% 11,065
Liberty 868 40.11% 913 42.19% 376 17.38% 7 0.32% -45 -2.08% 2,164
Madison 2,794 50.01% 2,195 39.29% 578 10.35% 20 0.36% 599 10.72% 5,587
Manatee 41,891 43.24% 44,136 45.56% 10,363 10.70% 488 0.50% -2,245 -2.32% 96,878
Marion 37,045 41.08% 41,409 45.92% 11,341 12.58% 376 0.42% -4,364 -4.84% 90,171
Martin 20,855 38.16% 28,522 52.18% 5,005 9.16% 274 0.50% -7,667 -14.03% 54,656
Miami-Dade 317,555 57.34% 209,740 37.87% 24,729 4.47% 1,758 0.32% 107,815 19.47% 553,782
Monroe 15,251 46.86% 12,076 37.11% 4,824 14.82% 393 1.21% 3,175 9.76% 32,544
Nassau 7,277 34.38% 12,141 57.36% 1,657 7.83% 92 0.43% -4,864 -22.98% 21,167
Okaloosa 16,462 26.11% 40,683 64.53% 5,433 8.62% 466 0.74% -24,221 -38.42% 63,044
Okeechobee 4,826 48.55% 3,418 34.38% 1,666 16.76% 31 0.31% 1,408 14.16% 9,941
Orange 105,539 45.66% 106,059 45.89% 18,196 7.87% 1,332 0.58% -520 -0.22% 231,126
Osceola 21,874 47.05% 18,337 39.44% 6,092 13.10% 188 0.40% 3,537 7.61% 46,491
Palm Beach 230,687 58.06% 133,811 33.68% 30,744 7.74% 2,112 0.53% 96,876 24.38% 397,354
Pasco 66,475 49.80% 48,355 36.23% 18,013 13.50% 628 0.47% 18,120 13.58% 133,471
Pinellas 184,748 49.10% 152,155 40.44% 36,994 9.83% 2,375 0.63% 32,593 8.66% 376,272
Polk 66,747 44.45% 67,962 45.26% 14,993 9.98% 471 0.31% -1,215 -0.81% 150,173
Putnam 12,010 47.75% 9,786 38.91% 3,272 13.01% 84 0.33% 2,224 8.84% 25,152
St. Johns 16,716 34.43% 27,318 56.27% 4,205 8.66% 310 0.64% -10,602 -21.84% 48,549
St. Lucie 36,169 48.94% 28,899 39.10% 8,483 11.48% 355 0.48% 7,270 9.84% 73,906
Santa Rosa 10,936 25.79% 26,301 62.02% 4,961 11.70% 212 0.50% -15,365 -36.23% 42,410
Sarasota 63,665 42.73% 69,213 46.46% 14,941 10.03% 1,167 0.78% -5,548 -3.72% 148,986
Seminole 45,058 39.21% 59,797 52.04% 9,357 8.14% 692 0.60% -14,739 -12.83% 114,904
Sumter 7,017 45.56% 5,960 38.70% 2,375 15.42% 48 0.31% 1,057 6.86% 15,400
Suwannee 4,479 36.88% 5,742 47.28% 1,874 15.43% 49 0.40% -1,263 -10.40% 12,144
Taylor 3,583 44.80% 3,188 39.86% 1,140 14.26% 86 1.08% 395 4.94% 7,997
Union 1,388 40.09% 1,636 47.26% 425 12.28% 13 0.38% -248 -7.16% 3,462
Volusia 78,919 49.28% 63,091 39.39% 17,320 10.81% 828 0.52% 15,828 9.88% 160,158
Wakulla 3,056 42.63% 2,933 40.91% 1,091 15.22% 89 1.24% 123 1.72% 7,169
Walton 5,342 34.42% 7,709 49.68% 2,342 15.09% 125 0.81% -2,367 -15.25% 15,518
Washington 2,992 38.06% 3,524 44.83% 1,287 16.37% 58 0.74% -532 -6.77% 7,861
Totals 2,546,870 48.02% 2,244,536 42.32% 483,870 9.12% 28,518 0.54% 302,334 5.70% 5,303,794

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