United States presidential election in Florida, 1996

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United States presidential election in Florida
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  Bill Clinton.jpg Bob Dole, PCCWW photo portrait.JPG Ross Perot.jpg
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 48.1% 42.3% 9.1%

County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Bill Clinton

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 25 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 Party of the United States of America-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.


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


  1. ^ a b Dave Leip's Atlas of United States Presidential Election Results - 1996 Florida Results