United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1996

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United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1996

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  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 Pat Choate
Electoral vote 15 0 0
Popular vote 1,652,329 1,103,078 262,134
Percentage 53.7% 35.9% 8.5%

New Jersey Presidential Election Results by County, 1996.svg
County Results
  Clinton—60-70%
  Clinton—50-60%
  Clinton—<50%
  Dole—<50%
  Dole—50-60%

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

The 1996 United States presidential election in New Jersey took place on November 5, 1996, and was part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. The major contenders were incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican Senator from Kansas Bob Dole, with Reform Party candidate Ross Perot – listed as an “Independent” in New Jersey – running a distant third.

New Jersey voted decisively to re-elect Democrat Bill Clinton, giving him 53.72 percent of the vote over Republican Bob Dole’s 35.86 percent, a margin of victory of 17.86 percent.

This double-digit win was indicative of a major shift in New Jersey politics toward the Democratic Party. As recently as the 1980s, Republican presidential candidates had easily carried the state by double digit margins. In 1992, Bill Clinton had managed to win the state, but only with a narrow 43-41 plurality over George Bush senior. As in neighboring New York and many other states, Clinton in 1996 drastically improved his electoral performance among suburban voters, a key voting bloc in New Jersey. Following this election, New Jersey has become a reliable blue state in presidential elections, not being seriously contested by Republicans since.

Despite this, Dole is currently the only Republican to fail to garner forty percent of the New Jersey ballot since Barry Goldwater in 1964. Dole also remains the only Republican since Goldwater to fail to carry Cape May and Ocean Counties,[1] whilst Clinton in 1996 also became the first Democrat since Lyndon Johnson to win Monmouth, Salem, Bergen and Passaic Counties – the last pair having never voted for a Republican since.[1]

Results

United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1996[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton 1,652,329 53.72% 15
Republican Bob Dole 1,103,078 35.86% 0
Independent Ross Perot 262,134 8.52% 0
Independent Ralph Nader 32,465 1.06% 0
Independent Harry Browne 14,763 0.48% 0
Independent John Hagelin 3,887 0.13% 0
Independent Howard Phillips 3,440 0.11% 0
Independent James Harris 1,837 0.06% 0
Independent Monica Moorehead 1,337 0.04% 0
Independent Jerome White 537 0.02% 0
Totals 3,075,807 100.00% 15
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 51%/71%

Results by county

William Jefferson Clinton
Democratic
Robert Joseph Dole
Republican
Henry Ross Perot
Independent
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % # % #
Atlantic 44,434 53.15% 29,538 35.33% 8,261 9.88% 1,368 1.64% 14,896 17.82% 83,601
Bergen 191,085 52.66% 141,164 38.90% 25,512 7.03% 5,126 1.41% 49,921 13.76% 362,887
Burlington 85,086 51.94% 57,337 35.00% 18,407 11.24% 2,979 1.82% 27,749 16.94% 163,809
Camden 114,962 60.59% 52,791 27.83% 17,433 9.19% 4,537 2.39% 62,171 32.77% 189,723
Cape May 19,849 44.07% 19,357 42.98% 4,978 11.05% 852 1.89% 492 1.09% 45,036
Cumberland 25,444 54.68% 14,744 31.69% 5,348 11.49% 997 2.14% 10,700 22.99% 46,533
Essex 175,368 68.99% 65,162 25.63% 9,513 3.74% 4,153 1.63% 110,206 43.35% 254,196
Gloucester 51,915 51.66% 32,116 31.96% 14,361 14.29% 2,103 2.09% 19,799 19.70% 100,495
Hudson 116,121 69.95% 38,288 23.06% 8,965 5.40% 2,635 1.59% 77,833 46.88% 166,009
Hunterdon 18,446 35.66% 26,379 51.00% 5,686 10.99% 1,216 2.35% -7,933 -15.34% 51,727
Mercer 77,641 58.94% 40,559 30.79% 10,536 8.00% 2,990 2.27% 37,082 28.15% 131,726
Middlesex 145,201 56.20% 82,433 31.90% 24,643 9.54% 6,109 2.36% 62,768 24.29% 258,386
Monmouth 120,414 48.37% 99,975 40.16% 22,754 9.14% 5,818 2.34% 20,439 8.21% 248,961
Morris 81,092 41.43% 95,830 48.96% 15,299 7.82% 3,524 1.80% -14,738 -7.53% 195,745
Ocean 94,243 46.43% 82,830 40.81% 22,864 11.26% 3,039 1.50% 11,413 5.62% 202,976
Passaic 85,879 56.15% 53,594 35.04% 10,944 7.16% 2,534 1.66% 32,285 21.11% 152,951
Salem 12,044 46.34% 9,294 35.76% 4,124 15.87% 530 2.04% 2,750 10.58% 25,992
Somerset 50,673 44.87% 51,869 45.93% 8,377 7.42% 2,010 1.78% -1,196 -1.06% 112,929
Sussex 19,525 36.04% 26,746 49.36% 6,705 12.37% 1,207 2.23% -7,221 -13.33% 54,183
Union 108,102 56.82% 65,912 34.65% 12,432 6.53% 3,795 1.99% 42,190 22.18% 190,241
Warren 14,805 39.27% 17,160 45.52% 4,992 13.24% 744 1.97% -2,355 -6.25% 37,701
Totals 1,652,329 53.72% 1,103,078 35.86% 262,134 8.52% 58,266 1.89% 549,251 17.86% 3,075,807

References

  1. ^ a b Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ "1996 Presidential General Election Results - New Jersey". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 

See also

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