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United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1996

United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1996

November 5, 1996

Nominee Bill Clinton Bob Dole Ross Perot
Party Democratic Republican Reform
Home state Arkansas Kansas Texas
Running mate Al Gore Jack Kemp Pat Choate
Electoral vote 12 0 0
Popular vote 1,571,763 718,107 227,217
Percentage 61.47% 28.09% 8.89%

County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Bill Clinton

The 1996 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose twelve representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

A solidly blue state, Massachusetts was won by incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton in a landslide. Clinton took 61.47% of the popular vote over Republican challenger Bob Dole, who took 28.09%, a victory margin of 33.39%. Reform Party candidate Ross Perot finished in third with 8.89% of the popular vote.[1]

Like New England as a whole, Massachusetts is a largely secular and liberal society in the modern era, and thus it rejected an increasingly Southern and conservative Republican Party dominated by Evangelical Christians.

Clinton's landslide victory was indicative of a long-term trend in Massachusetts back toward being the overwhelmingly Democratic stronghold it had been in the 1960s, after having trended somewhat toward the GOP in the 1970s and 1980s. Clinton's 61.47% was the highest percentage a presidential candidate had received in Massachusetts since 1968, and his 33.39% victory margin was the widest margin by which any candidate won the state since the massive Democratic landslide of 1964.

Massachusetts was the only state in the union where Clinton broke 60% of the vote in 1996, with only the District of Columbia voting more Democratic. Massachusetts registered as a whopping 25% more Democratic than the national average, making it the most Democratic state in the 1996 election.


United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1996
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton (incumbent) 1,571,763 61.47% 12
Republican Bob Dole 718,107 28.09% 0
Reform Ross Perot 227,217 8.89% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 20,426 0.80% 0
Independent (Write-In) Others 6,012 0.24% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin 5,184 0.20% 0
Green (Write-in) Ralph Nader 4,734 0.19% 0
Workers World Monica Moorehead 3,277 0.13% 0
Socialist (Write-In) Mary Cal Hollis 61 >0.01% 0
Prohibition (Write-In) Earl Dodge 4 >0.01% 0
Totals 2,556,785 100.0% 12


  1. ^ "1996 Presidential General Election Results". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
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