United States presidential election in Iowa, 1992

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United States presidential election in Iowa, 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 7 0 0
Popular vote 586,353 504,891 253,468
Percentage 43.3% 37.3% 18.7%

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County Results

President before election

George H. W. Bush

Elected President

Bill Clinton

The 1992 United States presidential election in Iowa took place on November 3, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose seven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Iowa was won by Democratic Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas with 43.29% of the popular vote over incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush's 37.27%, a victory margin of 6.01%. Independent businessman Ross Perot finished in third with 18.71% of the popular vote.[1] Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush and Perot.[2]


United States presidential election in Iowa, 1992[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton 586,353 43.29% 7
Republican George H.W. Bush 504,891 37.27% 0
Independent Ross Perot 253,468 18.71% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin 3,079 0.23% 0
Write-ins 2,102 0.13% 0
America First James "Bo" Gritz 1,177 0.09% 0
Libertarian Andre Marrou 1,076 0.08% 0
Grassroots Jack Herer 669 0.05% 0
Independent John Yiamouyiannis 604 0.04% 0
Taxpayers’ Howard Phillips 480 0.04% 0
Socialist Workers Party James Warren 273 0.02% 0
Democrats for Economic Recovery Lyndon LaRouche 238 0.02% 0
New Alliance Party Lenora Fulani 197 0.01% 0
Totals 1,354,607 100.0% 7
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 65%/80%

Democratic caucuses[edit]

In the 1992 Iowa Democratic caucuses, most candidates for the Democratic nomination did not campaign in Iowa because of the presence of Tom Harkin, a longtime Senator representing Iowa.[3]

Harkin was running for President in 1992 as a populist with labor union support who criticized George H.W. Bush for being out of touch with working class Americans.[4] Harkin was an early favorite in a small field of five candidates.[citation needed] Harkin easily won the caucus with 76% of the vote, uncommited got second place with 11%, Senator Paul Tsongas came in third with 4%, and Governor Bill Clinton finished fourth with 2%.

Because the race was not contested, these results had little effect on the remaining primaries, and the New Hampshire primary took on added importance.[3]

Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus Results – 1992 [5]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Democratic Tom Harkin 2,314 77.24% 26
Democratic Uncommitted 355 11.85% 15
Democratic Paul Tsongas 128 4.27% 0
Democratic Bill Clinton 76 2.54% 7
Democratic Robert Kerrey 72 2.40% 0
Democratic Jerry Brown 51 1.70% 1

Tom Harkin won every county by large margins. The delegate totals reflect their final distribution, not their projected allocation immediately following the caucus.

By congressional district[edit]

District Bush Clinton Representative
1st 34% 46% Jim Leach
2nd 35% 44% Jim Nussle
3rd 36% 45% Jim Ross Lightfoot
4th 39% 43% Neal Smith
5th 42% 38% Fred Grandy