United States presidential election in Mississippi, 1976

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United States presidential election in Mississippi, 1976

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Nominee Jimmy Carter Gerald Ford
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Georgia Michigan
Running mate Walter Mondale Bob Dole
Electoral vote 7 0
Popular vote 381,309 366,846
Percentage 49.56% 47.68%

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County results

President before election

Gerald Ford
Republican

Elected President

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

The 1976 United States presidential election in Mississippi was held on November 2, 1976. The Democratic Party candidate Jimmy Carter won the state of Mississippi, as well as the other 9 southern states which one comprised the Confederacy in the general election due to his ties to the south as being the former Governor of Georgia. He won the state with 49% of the vote, and all 7 of the state's electors were pledged to Carter.[1]

In the 1972 election, Mississippi had the strongest showing of Richard Nixon in the country, with Nixon carrying 78 percent of the vote. Carter managed to carry Mississippi in 1976 by a slim margin of 1.88 percentage points against incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford. At that time, excluding the wins of Strom Thurmond in 1948, the unpledged electors who voted for Harry F. Byrd in 1960, Barry Goldwater in 1964, George Wallace in 1968, and Nixon in 1972, Carter’s performance in Mississippi was the worst for a post-Reconstruction Democratic presidential candidate, as he failed to win a majority of the vote. While Carter performed well in northern Mississippi and in black majority counties along the Mississippi River, President Ford’s wins in Hinds County (Jackson) and neighboring Rankin County, both of which were won with over sixty percent of the vote, along with a substantial win in Harrison County (Biloxi and Gulfport), kept the race in Mississippi extremely close.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time a Democrat won the state of Mississippi, as well as Hancock County, Neshoba County, DeSoto County, Carroll County, Covington County, Pearl River County, George County, Wayne County, Stone County, Greene County, Perry County, and Webster County.[2] This is also the last time that the state voted Democratic for Senator and President simultaneously.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Mississippi, 1976[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Jimmy Carter 381,309 49.56% 7
Republican Gerald Ford (incumbent) 366,845 47.68% 0
Mississippi American Thomas J. Anderson 6,678 0.87% 0
Independent Lester Maddox 4,861 0.63% 0
Independent Eugene McCarthy 4,074 0.53% 0
Independent Peter Camejo 2,805 0.36% 0
Independent Roger MacBride 2,787 0.36% 0
Totals 769,363 100.0% 7

Results by county[edit]

County Carter# Carter% Ford# Ford% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Adams 6,619 47.75% 6,431 46.40% 811 5.85% 13,861
Alcorn 6,995 64.95% 3,430 31.85% 345 3.20% 10,770
Amite 2,574 51.49% 2,256 45.13% 169 3.38% 4,999
Attala 4,068 54.80% 3,146 42.38% 209 2.82% 7,423
Benton 2,375 74.01% 790 24.62% 44 1.37% 3,209
Bolivar 7,561 58.73% 5,136 39.89% 178 1.38% 12,875
Calhoun 2,724 56.89% 1,892 39.52% 172 3.59% 4,788
Carroll 1,566 49.45% 1,561 49.29% 40 1.26% 3,167
Chickasaw 2,891 50.52% 2,581 45.10% 251 4.39% 5,723
Choctaw 1,520 47.93% 1,561 49.23% 90 2.84% 3,171
Claiborne 2,657 68.98% 1,078 27.99% 117 3.04% 3,852
Clarke 2,816 46.97% 2,935 48.96% 244 4.07% 5,995
Clay 3,514 51.40% 3,017 44.13% 306 4.48% 6,837
Coahoma 6,412 57.70% 4,269 38.41% 432 3.89% 11,113
Copiah 4,267 49.35% 4,108 47.51% 271 3.13% 8,646
Covington 2,862 51.40% 2,591 46.53% 115 2.07% 5,568
DeSoto 7,756 54.19% 6,240 43.60% 316 2.21% 14,312
Forrest 7,914 41.39% 10,770 56.33% 436 2.28% 19,120
Franklin 1,578 46.48% 1,719 50.63% 98 2.89% 3,395
George 3,072 58.75% 1,957 37.43% 200 3.82% 5,229
Greene 2,127 56.42% 1,538 40.80% 105 2.79% 3,770
Grenada 3,263 46.48% 3,569 50.84% 188 2.68% 7,020
Hancock 3,855 49.16% 3,765 48.01% 222 2.83% 7,842
Harrison 16,569 44.61% 19,207 51.72% 1,363 3.67% 37,139
Hinds 28,748 37.95% 45,803 60.46% 1,205 1.59% 75,756
Holmes 4,616 64.08% 2,438 33.85% 149 2.07% 7,203
Humphreys 2,172 57.55% 1,445 38.29% 157 4.16% 3,774
Issaquena 567 59.43% 325 34.07% 62 6.50% 954
Itawamba 4,480 66.82% 2,153 32.11% 72 1.07% 6,705
Jackson 12,533 40.32% 17,177 55.26% 1,372 4.41% 31,082
Jasper 3,109 56.39% 2,356 42.74% 48 0.87% 5,513
Jefferson 2,562 74.78% 782 22.83% 82 2.39% 3,426
Jefferson Davis 2,747 58.47% 1,868 39.76% 83 1.77% 4,698
Jones 10,139 47.04% 11,098 51.49% 315 1.46% 21,552
Kemper 2,436 58.56% 1,680 40.38% 44 1.06% 4,160
Lafayette 4,375 52.39% 3,735 44.73% 241 2.89% 8,351
Lamar 3,109 41.93% 4,056 54.71% 249 3.36% 7,414
Lauderdale 9,813 40.14% 14,273 58.39% 360 1.47% 24,446
Lawrence 2,242 50.54% 2,109 47.54% 85 1.92% 4,436
Leake 3,415 52.47% 2,952 45.36% 141 2.17% 6,508
Lee 8,504 52.07% 7,366 45.10% 463 2.83% 16,333
Leflore 6,135 48.73% 5,872 46.64% 582 4.62% 12,589
Lincoln 4,043 38.90% 6,084 58.55% 265 2.55% 10,392
Lowndes 6,181 42.05% 8,003 54.44% 516 3.51% 14,700
Madison 6,240 55.14% 4,838 42.75% 238 2.10% 11,316
Marion 5,283 49.20% 5,300 49.36% 154 1.43% 10,737
Marshall 6,769 73.37% 2,242 24.30% 215 2.33% 9,226
Monroe 6,097 54.27% 4,737 42.17% 400 3.56% 11,234
Montgomery 2,410 49.93% 2,278 47.19% 139 2.88% 4,827
Neshoba 3,891 49.76% 3,859 49.35% 69 0.88% 7,819
Newton 2,741 40.97% 3,813 57.00% 136 2.03% 6,690
Noxubee 2,121 51.28% 1,860 44.97% 155 3.75% 4,136
Oktibbeha 4,339 44.62% 5,194 53.41% 192 1.97% 9,725
Panola 5,517 60.85% 3,341 36.85% 209 2.31% 9,067
Pearl River 5,024 51.98% 4,332 44.82% 309 3.20% 9,665
Perry 1,965 52.75% 1,527 40.99% 233 6.26% 3,725
Pike 5,749 48.92% 5,659 48.16% 343 2.92% 11,751
Pontotoc 4,066 62.64% 2,245 34.59% 180 2.77% 6,491
Prentiss 4,431 63.51% 2,362 33.85% 184 2.64% 6,977
Quitman 2,621 64.80% 1,287 31.82% 137 3.39% 4,045
Rankin 6,937 36.75% 11,507 60.95% 434 2.30% 18,878
Scott 3,643 48.78% 3,649 48.86% 176 2.36% 7,468
Sharkey 1,283 52.39% 1,024 41.81% 142 5.80% 2,449
Simpson 3,600 45.23% 4,291 53.91% 69 0.87% 7,960
Smith 2,434 42.35% 3,147 54.75% 167 2.91% 5,748
Stone 1,648 50.27% 1,575 48.05% 55 1.68% 3,278
Sunflower 4,322 53.86% 3,456 43.07% 246 3.07% 8,024
Tallahatchie 2,991 56.95% 2,146 40.86% 115 2.19% 5,252
Tate 3,747 58.22% 2,497 38.80% 192 2.98% 6,436
Tippah 4,260 67.90% 1,887 30.08% 127 2.02% 6,274
Tishomingo 3,734 63.95% 1,969 33.72% 136 2.33% 5,839
Tunica 1,695 61.50% 951 34.51% 110 3.99% 2,756
Union 5,021 65.56% 2,507 32.73% 131 1.71% 7,659
Walthall 2,650 53.79% 2,110 42.83% 167 3.39% 4,927
Warren 6,299 40.11% 8,699 55.39% 707 4.50% 15,705
Washington 9,650 53.17% 7,474 41.18% 1,025 5.65% 18,149
Wayne 3,306 51.48% 3,022 47.06% 94 1.46% 6,422
Webster 2,218 51.81% 1,943 45.39% 120 2.80% 4,281
Wilkinson 2,514 65.38% 1,273 33.11% 58 1.51% 3,845
Winston 3,956 50.77% 3,659 46.96% 177 2.27% 7,792
Yalobusha 2,603 57.81% 1,808 40.15% 92 2.04% 4,503
Yazoo 4,053 47.85% 4,255 50.23% 163 1.92% 8,471
Totals 381,309 49.56% 366,845 47.68% 21,209 2.76% 769,363

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1976 Presidential General Election Results – Mississippi". Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016