United States presidential election in Utah, 1976

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United States presidential election in Utah, 1976
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Nominee Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Michigan Georgia
Running mate Bob Dole Walter Mondale
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 337,908 182,110
Percentage 62.4% 33.7%

President before election

Gerald Ford

Elected President

Jimmy Carter

The 1976 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 2, 1976. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1976 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose 4 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the President and Vice President of the United States.

Utah was won by incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford over the Democratic nominee, Jimmy Carter. Carter won the election nationally, and despite the election solidifying the state’s place within the core of the Republican heartland (which it retains to this day) 1976 stands as the last occasion a Democrat has carried Emery County,[1] where Carter obtained a fifty-four vote plurality. After Nixon’s clean sweep of all twenty-nine counties in 1972, Carter would also win Carbon County with 59.4 percent of the vote, but Ford won absolute majorities in all twenty-seven remaining counties, with his total vote ranging from 50.3 percent in Tooele County to 72.5 percent in Kane County.[2] Reagan was to repeat Nixon’s 1972 clean sweep in both his elections, and no county in Utah except Carbon and Tooele would ever vote against a Republican until 2008.


United States presidential election in Utah, 1976
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Gerald Ford 337,908 62.44% 4
Democratic Jimmy Carter 182,110 33.65 0
American Party Thomas Anderson 13,284 2.45% 0
Independent Eugene McCarthy 3,907 0.72% 0
Libertarian Roger MacBride 2,438 0.45% 0
Citizen's Party Lester Maddox 1,162 0.21% 0
Socialist Workers Party Peter Camejo 268 0.05% 0
Communist Party Gus Hall 121 0.02% 0
Totals 541,198 100.0% 4


  1. ^ 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. ^ 1976 Presidential General Election Data Graphs – Utah by County
  3. ^ "1976 Presidential General Election Results – Utah". Retrieved 2016-12-05.