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1996 United States presidential election in Montana

The 1996 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 5, 1996. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

United States presidential election in Montana, 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 Patrick Choate
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 179,652 167,922 55,229
Percentage 44.11% 41.23% 13.56%

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County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Bill Clinton

Montana voted for Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole over President Bill Clinton by a slim margin of 2.88%.[1] Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform Party of the United States of America-TX) finished in third, with 13.56% of the popular vote in Montana.[1] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Sheridan County, Dawson County, and Mineral County voted for the Democratic candidate.

With 13.56% of the popular vote, Montana would prove to be Ross Perot's second strongest state in the 1996 election after Maine.[2]


United States presidential election in Montana, 1996[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Bob Dole Jack Kemp 179,652 44.11% 3
Democratic Bill Clinton Al Gore 167,922 41.23% 0
Reform Ross Perot Patrick Choate 55,229 13.56% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Jo Jorgensen 2,526 0.62% 0
Natural Law (write in) John Hagelin Mike Tompkins 1,754 0.43% 0
Constitutional (write in) Howard Phillips Herbert Titus 152 0.04% 0
(write in) Charles E. Collins Rosemary Giumarra 20 0.00% 0
Independent (write in) Write-ins 5 0.00 0
Socialist (write in) Mary Cal Hollis Eric Chester 1 0.00 0


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  2. ^ "1996 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.