United States presidential election in Utah, 1996

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United States presidential election in Utah, 1996
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Nominee Bob Dole Bill Clinton Ross Perot
Party Republican Democratic Reform
Home state Kansas Arkansas Texas
Running mate Jack Kemp Al Gore Pat Choate
Electoral vote 5 0 0
Popular vote 361,911 221,633 66,461
Percentage 54.4% 33.3% 10.0%

County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Bill Clinton

The 1996 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 7, 1996 as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose 5 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Utah was won by Republican nominee Bob Dole by a 21.1% margin of victory. This was Dole's highest margin of victory for any state in the country. Dole also obtained 54.4% of the vote in Utah, higher than any other state. [1] As of 2017, this is the last election in which Tooele County and Carbon County voted for the Democratic candidate.


United States presidential election in Utah, 1996
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Robert Dole Jack Kemp 361,911 54.4% 5
Democratic Bill Clinton (incumbent) Al Gore 221,633 33.3% 0
Reform Ross Perot Patrick Choate 66,461 10.0% 0
Green Party Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 4,615 0.7% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Jo Jorgensen 4,129 0.6% 0
U.S. Taxpayers' Party Howard Phillips Herbert Titus 2,601 0.4% 0
Independent American Party Diane Templin Gary Van Horn 1,290 0.2% 0
Independent Party of Utah Peter Crane Connie Chandler 1,101 0.2% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin Dr. V. Tompkins 1,085 0.2% 0
Workers World Party Monica Moorehead Gloria La Riva 298 0.0% 0
Socialist Workers Party James Harris Laura Garza 235 0.0% 0
Prohibition Earl Dodge Rachel Kelly 111 0.0% 0
Other write-ins 98 0.00% 0
Write-in Mary Cal Hollis Eric Chester 53 0.00% 0
Write-in Charles Collins Rosemary Giumarra 8 0.00% 0
Totals 665,629 100.00% 5
Voter turnout (Voting age population)


Technically the voters of Utah cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Utah is allocated 5 electors because it has 3 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 5 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 5 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for President and Vice President. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met in December 1996 to cast their votes for President and Vice President. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

All electors from Utah were pledged to and voted for Bob Dole and Jack Kemp.


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