United States presidential election in Florida, 1996
|Elections in Florida|
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.
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|
|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|