United States presidential election in Washington (state), 1996

The 1996 United States presidential election in Washington took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Washington State was won by President Bill Clinton (D) over Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), with Clinton winning 49.84 percent to 37.30 percent for a margin of 12.54 percent. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform Party of the United States of America-TX) finished in third, with 8.92 percent of the popular vote.[1] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Spokane County, Kittitas County, Pend Oreille County, Ferry County, and Asotin County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.[2]

United States presidential election in Washington, 1996
Washington (state)
November 5, 1996
  Bill Clinton.jpg Bob Dole, PCCWW photo portrait.JPG RossPerotColor.jpg
Nominee Bill Clinton Bob Dole Ross Perot
Party Democratic Republican Reform
Home state Arkansas Kansas Texas
Running mate Al Gore Jack Kemp Patrick Choate
Electoral vote 11 0 0
Popular vote 1,123,323 840,712 201,003
Percentage 49.8% 37.3% 8.9%

WA1996
County Results
  Clinton—50-60%
  Clinton—40-50%
  Dole—40-50%
  Dole—50-60%

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Results

United States presidential election in Washington, 1996
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton (incumbent) Al Gore 1,123,323 49.84% 11
Republican Bob Dole Jack Kemp 840,712 37.30% 0
Reform Ross Perot Patrick Choate 201,003 8.92% 0
Green Party Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 60,322 2.68% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Jo Jorgensen 12,522 0.56% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin Dr. V. Tompkins 6,076 0.27% 0
U.S. Taxpayers' Howard Phillips Herbert Titus 4,578 0.20% 0
Independent Charles Collins Rosemary Giumarra 2,374 0.11% 0
Workers World Party Monica Moorehead Gloria La Riva 2,189 0.10% 0
Socialist Workers Party James Harris Laura Garza 738 0.03% 0
Totals 2,253,837 100.0% 11

Results by county

William Jefferson Clinton
Democratic
Robert Joseph Dole
Republican
Henry Ross Perot
Reform
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % # % #
Adams 1,740 37.71% 2,356 51.06% 448 9.71% 70 1.52% -616 -13.35% 4,614
Asotin 3,349 45.81% 2,860 39.12% 936 12.80% 166 2.27% 489 6.69% 7,311
Benton 20,783 38.63% 26,664 49.56% 5,311 9.87% 1,045 1.94% -5,881 -10.93% 53,803
Chelan 8,595 36.01% 12,363 51.79% 2,332 9.77% 580 2.43% -3,768 -15.79% 23,870
Clallam 12,585 42.64% 12,432 42.12% 3,187 10.80% 1,312 4.45% 153 0.52% 29,516
Clark 52,254 46.35% 46,794 41.51% 9,663 8.57% 4,019 3.57% 5,460 4.84% 112,730
Columbia 743 38.01% 948 48.49% 228 11.66% 36 1.84% -205 -10.49% 1,955
Cowlitz 18,054 53.87% 11,221 33.48% 3,441 10.27% 799 2.38% 6,833 20.39% 33,515
Douglas 3,913 35.82% 5,682 52.01% 1,132 10.36% 198 1.81% -1,769 -16.19% 10,925
Ferry 1,197 42.49% 1,091 38.73% 408 14.48% 121 4.30% 106 3.76% 2,817
Franklin 4,961 41.01% 5,946 49.16% 992 8.20% 197 1.63% -985 -8.14% 12,096
Garfield 497 39.60% 623 49.64% 117 9.32% 18 1.43% -126 -10.04% 1,255
Grant 8,065 36.88% 10,895 49.83% 2,496 11.41% 410 1.88% -2,830 -12.94% 21,866
Grays Harbor 14,082 53.65% 7,635 29.09% 3,757 14.31% 776 2.96% 6,447 24.56% 26,250
Island 12,157 42.71% 12,387 43.52% 2,787 9.79% 1,133 3.98% -230 -0.81% 28,464
Jefferson 7,145 50.61% 4,607 32.63% 1,385 9.81% 982 6.96% 2,538 17.98% 14,119
King 417,846 56.38% 232,811 31.41% 51,309 6.92% 39,138 5.28% 185,035 24.97% 741,104
Kitsap 44,167 48.28% 35,304 38.59% 8,769 9.58% 3,247 3.55% 8,863 9.69% 91,487
Kittitas 5,707 45.42% 5,224 41.58% 1,214 9.66% 419 3.33% 483 3.84% 12,564
Klickitat 3,214 45.49% 2,662 37.68% 875 12.38% 314 4.44% 552 7.81% 7,065
Lewis 10,331 37.37% 13,238 47.89% 3,373 12.20% 702 2.54% -2,907 -10.52% 27,644
Lincoln 1,806 35.88% 2,587 51.40% 518 10.29% 122 2.42% -781 -15.52% 5,033
Mason 10,088 48.62% 7,149 34.45% 2,816 13.57% 697 3.36% 2,939 14.16% 20,750
Okanogan 4,810 36.79% 5,890 45.05% 1,797 13.74% 578 4.42% -1,080 -8.26% 13,075
Pacific 5,095 55.92% 2,598 28.51% 1,131 12.41% 287 3.15% 2,497 27.41% 9,111
Pend Oreille 2,126 42.55% 2,012 40.27% 709 14.19% 149 2.98% 114 2.28% 4,996
Pierce 120,893 50.57% 89,295 37.35% 22,051 9.22% 6,834 2.86% 31,598 13.22% 239,073
San Juan 3,663 49.81% 2,523 34.31% 508 6.91% 660 8.97% 1,140 15.50% 7,354
Skagit 18,295 44.49% 16,397 39.88% 4,818 11.72% 1,608 3.91% 1,898 4.62% 41,118
Skamania 1,724 45.50% 1,387 36.61% 450 11.88% 228 6.02% 337 8.89% 3,789
Snohomish 109,624 49.45% 81,885 36.94% 22,731 10.25% 7,430 3.35% 27,739 12.51% 221,670
Spokane 71,727 45.05% 66,628 41.84% 16,532 10.38% 4,345 2.73% 5,099 3.20% 159,232
Stevens 5,591 34.90% 7,524 46.96% 2,158 13.47% 749 4.67% -1,933 -12.06% 16,022
Thurston 45,522 52.16% 29,835 34.18% 7,622 8.73% 4,301 4.93% 15,687 17.97% 87,280
Wahkiakum 924 50.33% 619 33.71% 215 11.71% 78 4.25% 305 16.61% 1,836
Walla Walla 8,038 41.25% 9,085 46.62% 1,894 9.72% 469 2.41% -1,047 -5.37% 19,486
Whatcom 29,074 45.07% 27,153 42.09% 4,854 7.52% 3,429 5.32% 1,921 2.98% 64,510
Whitman 7,262 45.69% 6,734 42.37% 1,315 8.27% 584 3.67% 528 3.32% 15,895
Yakima 25,676 43.25% 27,668 46.61% 4,724 7.96% 1,292 2.18% -1,992 -3.36% 59,360
Totals 1,123,323 49.82% 840,712 37.29% 201,003 8.92% 89,522 3.97% 282,611 12.54% 2,254,560

References

  1. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1996 Presidential General Election Results – Washington
  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

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