United States Presidential Election, 1996

Introduction

This is a revision of the United States presidential election of 1996.

The election was a three-way race between incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton, Republican Bob Dole, and Independent Ross Perot. In the current timeline, Clinton beat Dole by around 9 percentage points (about 49% to about 40%), with Perot coming in third, but with considerably less of the popular vote than in 1992. This revised version of history makes this 1996 victory for Clinton slightly narrower. In this revision, Clinton has 48.7% of the popular vote compared to Dole’s 41.3%, for a victory margin of more than 7 percentage points between Clinton and Dole.

The background to this election involves the aftermath of the 1994 midterm congressional elections, where Republicans take back the House of Representatives and Senate. In order to find more approval with the American people, he works with the congressional Republicans to balance the federal budget and get the U.S. economy back to prosperity. I feel this cannot be denied. However, due to Clinton’s morally sinful character as well as reflecting presidential elections of the then-recent past, I figured the race should be a little closer.

The revised election below is organized state-by-state in alphabetical order, for a total of 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

United States presidential election, 1996 (results estimated)

Alabama

Bob Dole (R): 663,358 (51.1%)
Bill Clinton (D): 547,088 (42.2%)
Ross Perot (I): 77,989 (6%)
Other: 9,213 (0.7%)
Total: 1,297,648

Alaska

Dole: 97,946 (51.8%)
Clinton: 62,896 (33.3%)
Perot: 18,716 (9.9%)
Other: 9,490 (5%)
Total: 189,048

Arizona

Clinton: 421,867 (46%)
Dole: 415,176 (45.3%)
Perot: 68,570 (7.5%)
Other: 11,092 (1.2%)
Total: 916,705

Arkansas

Clinton: 493,778 (53.2%)
Dole: 350,578 (37.8%)
Perot: 68,632 (7.4%)
Other: 14,468 (1.6%)
Total: 927,456

California

Clinton: 4,593,355 (50.1%)
Dole: 3,594,203 (39.2%)
Perot: 637,992 (7%)
Other: 340,996 (3.7%)
Total: 9,166,546

Colorado

Dole: 537,255 (46.8%)
Clinton: 498,567 (43.4%)
Perot: 75,652 (6.6%)
Other: 36,506 (3.2%)
Total: 1,147,980

Connecticut

Clinton: 653,329 (51.8%)
Dole: 449,967 (35.7%)
Perot: 126,329 (10%)
Other: 31,141 (2.5%)
Total: 1,260,766

Delaware

Clinton: 119,767 (50.8%)
Dole: 88,540 (37.5%)
Perot: 24,977 (10.6%)
Other: 2,571 (1.1%)
Total: 235,855

District of Columbia

Clinton: 161,392 (84.2%)
Dole: 19,822 (10.3%)
Perot: 3,719 (1.9%)
Other: 6,767 (3.5%)
Total: 191,700

Florida

Clinton: 1,891,730 (47%)
Dole: 1,742,870 (43.3%)
Perot: 366,920 (9.1%)
Other: 21,726 (0.5%)
Total: 4,023,246

Georgia

Dole: 832,720 (48%)
Clinton: 777,564 (44.8%)
Perot: 110,486 (6.4%)
Other: 13,702 (0.8%)
Total: 1,734,472

Hawaii

Clinton: 178,022 (55.9%)
Dole: 103,891 (32.6%)
Perot: 24,190 (7.6%)
Other: 12,191 (3.8%)
Total: 318,294

Idaho

Dole: 246,488 (53.2%)
Clinton: 151,332 (32.6%)
Perot: 58,911 (12.7%)
Other: 6,767 (1.5%)
Total: 463,498

Illinois

Clinton: 2,755,484 (53.3%)
Dole: 1,953,954 (37.8%)
Perot: 414,976 (8%)
Other: 43,410 (0.8%)
Total: 5,167,824

Indiana

Dole: 1,035,781 (48.1%)
Clinton: 872,656 (40.6%)
Perot: 225,965 (10.5%)
Other: 17,647 (0.8%)
Total: 2,152,049

Iowa

Clinton: 635,317 (49.3%)
Dole: 527,753 (40.9%)
Perot: 109,884 (8.5%)
Other: 16,766 (1.3%)
Total: 1,289,720

Kansas

Dole: 521,229 (55.3%)
Clinton: 330,706 (35.1%)
Perot: 81,262 (8.6%)
Other: 9,521 (1%)
Total: 942,718

Kentucky

Clinton: 607,980 (45.8%)
Dole: 595,247 (44.9%)
Perot: 114,991 (8.7%)
Other: 8,090 (0.6%)
Total: 1,326,308

Louisiana

Clinton: 821,390 (51%)
Dole: 659,237 (40.9%)
Perot: 111,268 (6.9%)
Other: 18,357 (1.1%)
Total: 1,610,252

Maine

Clinton: 280,075 (50.6%)
Dole: 175,725 (31.8%)
Perot: 78,512 (14.2%)
Other: 18,977 (3.4%)
Total: 553,289

Maryland

Clinton: 848,683 (53.2%)
Dole: 625,874 (39.3%)
Perot: 103,595 (6.5%)
Other: 15,619 (1%)
Total: 1,593,771

Massachusetts

Clinton: 1,593,581 (60.5%)
Dole: 766,616 (29.1%)
Perot: 234,280 (8.9%)
Other: 40,847 (1.5%)
Total: 2,635,324

Michigan

Clinton: 2,069,538 (50.7%)
Dole: 1,611,864 (39.5%)
Perot: 357,239 (8.7%)
Other: 44,094 (1.1%)
Total: 4,082,735

Minnesota

Clinton: 986,695 (50.1%)
Dole: 708,214 (36%)
Perot: 231,410 (11.7%)
Other: 43,131 (2.2%)
Total: 1,969,450

Mississippi

Dole: 482,983 (50.2%)
Clinton: 414,397 (43.1%)
Perot: 56,176 (5.8%)
Other: 8,369 (0.9%)
Total: 961,925

Missouri

Clinton: 1,014,528 (46.5%)
Dole: 920,792 (42.2%)
Perot: 219,298 (10.1%)
Other: 25,287 (1.2%)
Total: 2,179,905

Montana

Dole: 171,976 (45.1%)
Clinton: 153,371 (40.2%)
Perot: 51,696 (13.6%)
Other: 4,193 (1.1%)
Total: 381,236

Nebraska

Dole: 369,397 (54.7%)
Clinton: 229,479 (34%)
Perot: 71,108 (10.5%)
Other: 5,948 (0.9%)
Total: 675,932

Nevada

Clinton: 129,757 (43.9%)
Dole: 126,745 (42.9%)
Perot: 27,972 (9.5%)
Other: 10,899 (3.7%)
Total: 295,373

New Hampshire

Clinton: 198,067 (48.3%)
Dole: 165,479 (40.4%)
Perot: 39,720 (9.7%)
Other: 6,640 (1.6%)
Total: 409,906

New Jersey

Clinton: 1,702,245 (52.7%)
Dole: 1,190,152 (36.9%)
Perot: 275,097 (8.5%)
Other: 61,349 (1.9%)
Total: 3,228,843

New Mexico

Clinton: 244,705 (48.2%)
Dole: 217,685 (42.9%)
Perot: 29,458 (5.8%)
Other: 16,049 (3.2%)
Total: 507,897

New York

Clinton: 4,618,329 (58.5%)
Dole: 2,496,757 (31.6%)
Perot: 629,521 (8%)
Other: 154,023 (1.9%)
Total: 7,898,630

North Carolina

Dole: 1,104,266 (49.7%)
Clinton: 955,712 (43%)
Perot: 148,331 (6.7%)
Other: 12,213 (0.6%)
Total: 2,220,522

North Dakota

Dole: 150,882 (47.9%)
Clinton: 123,153 (39.1%)
Perot: 38,397 (12.2%)
Other: 2,298 (0.7%)
Total: 314,730

Ohio

Clinton: 2,079,316 (46.4%)
Dole: 1,883,847 (42%)
Perot: 477,911 (10.7%)
Other: 42,142 (0.9%)
Total: 4,483,216

Oklahoma

Dole: 520,585 (49.3%)
Clinton: 416,912 (39.5%)
Perot: 114,558 (10.8%)
Other: 4,755 (0.4%)
Total: 1,056,810

Oregon

Clinton: 471,436 (46.1%)
Dole: 409,225 (40.1%)
Perot: 89,895 (8.8%)
Other: 50,974 (5%)
Total: 1,021,530

Pennsylvania

Clinton: 2,427,378 (48.2%)
Dole: 2,064,557 (41%)
Perot: 481,747 (9.6%)
Other: 65,509 (1.3%)
Total: 5,039,191

Rhode Island

Clinton: 254,925 (59.2%)
Dole: 117,624 (27.3%)
Perot: 48,221 (11.2%)
Other: 9,773 (2.3%)
Total: 430,543

South Carolina

Dole: 508,521 (50.9%)
Clinton: 428,180 (42.8%)
Perot: 55,958 (5.6%)
Other: 6,595 (0.7%)
Total: 999,254

South Dakota

Dole: 159,204 (47.5%)
Clinton: 140,901 (42%)
Perot: 32,350 (9.6%)
Other: 2,783 (0.8%)
Total: 335,238

Tennessee

Clinton: 792,689 (47.5%)
Dole: 769,159 (46.1%)
Perot: 93,287 (5.6%)
Other: 13,684 (0.8%)
Total: 1,668,819

Texas

Dole: 2,625,654 (49.8%)
Clinton: 2,259,982 (42.8%)
Perot: 356,173 (6.8%)
Other: 34,826 (0.7%)
Total: 5,276,635

Utah

Dole: 344,135 (55.4%)
Clinton: 200,751 (32.3%)
Perot: 62,028 (10%)
Other: 14,605 (2.3%)
Total: 621,519

Vermont

Clinton: 114,313 (52.3%)
Dole: 70,073 (32.1%)
Perot: 26,204 (12%)
Other: 7,774 (3.6%)
Total: 218,364

Virginia

Dole: 944,720 (48.1%)
Clinton: 867,138 (44.1%)
Perot: 130,022 (6.6%)
Other: 22,194 (1.1%)
Total: 1,964,074

Washington

Clinton: 820,155 (48.8%)
Dole: 643,159 (38.3%)
Perot: 149,791 (8.9%)
Other: 66,162 (3.9%)
Total: 1,679,267

West Virginia

Clinton: 415,072 (49.5%)
Dole: 324,948 (38.8%)
Perot: 94,399 (11.3%)
Other: 3,940 (0.5%)
Total: 838,359

Wisconsin

Clinton: 1,048,837 (47.8%)
Dole: 866,096 (39.5%)
Perot: 227,054 (10.3%)
Other: 51,773 (2.4%)
Total: 2,193,760

Wyoming

Dole: 100,843 (56.8%)
Clinton: 52,968 (29.8%)
Perot: 21,745 (12.3%)
Other: 1,952 (1.1%)
Total: 177,508

United States (total)

Clinton: 44,927,488 (48.7%)
Dole: 38,073,772 (41.3%)
Perot: 7,774,582 (8.4%)
Other: 1,499,798 (1.6%)
Total: 92,275,640

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