The presidential election of 1996 was a very multi-partisan election for Tennessee, with nearly 7% of the electorate voting for third-party candidates. Most counties in Tennessee turned out for Clinton, including the highly populated Shelby County and Davidson County, by narrow margins. Both Shelby and Davidson counties have been consistently Democratic since the election of 1992.
In his second bid for the presidency, Ross Perot led the newly reformed Reform Party to gain over 5% of the votes in Tennessee, and to pull in support nationally as the most popular third-party candidate to run for United States Presidency in recent times. Tennessee showed Perot his worst performance out of any other state.