1992 United States presidential election in Illinois

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United States presidential election in Illinois, 1992

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Nominee Bill Clinton George H. W. Bush Ross Perot
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Home state Arkansas Texas Texas
Running mate Al Gore Dan Quayle James Stockdale
Electoral vote 22 0 0
Popular vote 2,453,350 1,734,096 840,515
Percentage 48.58% 34.34% 16.64%

County Results

President before election

George H. W. Bush

Elected President

Bill Clinton

The 1992 United States presidential election in Illinois took place on November 3, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose twenty-two representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Illinois was won by Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) with 48.58 percent of the popular vote over incumbent President George H.W. Bush (R-Texas) with 34.34 percent. Businessman Ross Perot (I-Texas) finished in third, with 16.64% of the popular vote.[1] In 1988, Dukakis also received 48.6 percent of the vote.

Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush.[2] Clinton became the first Democrat to win Illinois on a presidential level since 1964 and notably won seven of 21 Illinois counties that had backed Barry Goldwater in that election.[3] He remains the only Democrat to win Johnson County and Pope County[note 1] – Southern and anti-Yankee in culture – but converted to Unionism by war.[4] – since Stephen A. Douglas in 1860.[5] In Northern Illinois Clinton became the first Democrat to ever win Whiteside County which had voted in Presidential elections since 1840,[5] the first to win DeKalb County since Franklin Pierce in 1852, and the first to win Bureau, McDonough and Warren Counties since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932.[3]

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is also the last election in which the following counties voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate: Tazewell, Monroe, Douglas, Crawford, Edgar, Clark, Richland, Cumberland, Jasper, and Brown.[6]


United States presidential election in Illinois, 1992[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton 2,453,350 48.58% 22
Republican George H.W. Bush 1,734,096 34.34% 0
Independent Ross Perot 840,515 16.64% 0
Libertarian Andre Marrou 9,218 0.18% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 5,267 0.10% 0
America First James "Bo" Gritz 3,577 0.07% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin 2,751 0.05% 0
Socialist Workers Party James Warren 1,361 0.03% 0
Write-ins 22 0.00% 0
Totals 5,050,157 100.0% 22

By congressional district[edit]

District Bush Clinton Representative
1st 12% 81% Bobby Rush
2nd 13% 80% Mel Reynolds
3rd 39% 41% William Lipinski
4th 23% 65% Luis Gutierrez
5th 33% 51% Dan Rostenkowski
6th 47% 23% Henry Hyde
7th 15% 78% Cardiss Collins
8th 47% 31% Phil Crane


  1. ^ Clinton would win Pope County again in 1996 but lose Johnson County to Bob Dole.


  1. ^ a b "1992 Presidential General Election Results - Illinois". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  2. ^ "1992 Presidential General Election Results". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004; pp. 180-187 ISBN 0786422173
  4. ^ Wells, Damon; Stephen Douglas: The Last Years, 1857–1861, p. 285 ISBN 0292776357
  5. ^ a b Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States; p. 115
  6. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016