1992 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

The 1992 United States presidential election in New Hampshire took place on November 3, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1992 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

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Nominee Bill Clinton George H. W. Bush Ross Perot
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Home state Arkansas Texas Texas
Running mate Al Gore Dan Quayle James Stockdale
Electoral vote 4 0 0
Popular vote 209,040 202,484 121,337
Percentage 38.91% 37.69% 22.59%

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County Results

President before election

George H. W. Bush

Elected President

Bill Clinton

New Hampshire was won by Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) with 38.91% of the popular vote over incumbent President George H.W. Bush (R-Texas) with 37.69%. Businessman Ross Perot (I-Texas) finished in third, with 22.59% of the popular vote.[1] Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush.[2]

Clinton's win marked the beginning of a dramatic shift in New Hampshire politics toward the Democratic Party. The state had previously been regarded as a conservative Republican bastion; just four years earlier Bush had carried the state with over 60% of the vote. The last time a Democrat had won the state was Lyndon Johnson in 1964 United States presidential election in New Hampshire. But like the rest of New England, New Hampshire began trending hard toward the left in the 1990s, and since 1992 the state has voted Democratic in every presidential election except 2000.

News networks projected the elections in New Hampshire, Georgia, and New Jersey for Bill Clinton before getting results for either of the said states, all of which voted for Bill Clinton by less than 2.5%, which means their projections were nearly inaccurate. In fact, news networks projected the elections in states with a total of 300 electoral votes for Bill Clinton as soon as their polls closed, which was enough to win the whole presidency.


Democratic primaryEdit

The 1992 New Hampshire Democratic primary was won by Paul Tsongas, but is known for the insurgent campaign of Bill Clinton, who managed a surprising second-place finish. It was held February 18, 1992.

The Iowa caucus, the first contest of the 1992 Democratic primaries, was not contested. Due to the presence of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin in the race, the other candidates did not campaign in Iowa, instead conceding the contest to Harkin, and making the New Hampshire primary even more important.[3]

On January 19, The Boston Globe published a poll showing Clinton ahead of the field with 29 percent, Paul Tsongas with 17 percent, and Bob Kerrey 16.[3] Following this poll, reports of an extramarital affair between Clinton and Gennifer Flowers surfaced. As Clinton fell far behind former Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas in the New Hampshire polls,[4] Clinton and his wife Hillary went on 60 Minutes following the Super Bowl to deny the charges. The Clinton campaign also weathered attacks concerning alleged draft dodging during the Vietnam War and the case of Ricky Ray Rector.[3]

Tsongas won the New Hampshire primary with Clinton finishing within single digits of Tsongas, despite trailing badly in the polls. Since many expected Tsongas to win anyway, as New Hampshire borders his home state of Massachusetts, the media viewed the results as a victory for Clinton.[3] On election night, Clinton labeled himself "The Comeback Kid"[4] and left New Hampshire with an increase in momentum in the remaining primaries,[5] which helped him win the nomination. Clinton became the first president elected despite not winning the New Hampshire primary, a feat since duplicated by George W. Bush in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2008.


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1992 United States presidential election in New Hampshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton 209,040 38.91% 4
Republican George H.W. Bush 202,484 37.69% 0
Independent Ross Perot 121,337 22.59% 0
Libertarian Andre Marrou 3,548 0.66% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 512 0.10% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin 294 0.05% 0
Totals 537,215 100.0% 4


  1. ^ a b "1992 Presidential General Election Results - New Hampshire". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  2. ^ "1992 Presidential General Election Results". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Carville, James (December 16, 2007). "The Comeback Kid". The Boston Globe.
  4. ^ a b Maraniss, David (1996). First In His Class: A Biography Of Bill Clinton. Touchstone. ISBN 0-684-81890-6.
  5. ^ Toner, Robin (February 20, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: New Hampshire; Democratic Candidates' Next Three Weeks: a Scramble Around America". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2010.