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1996 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1996 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 5, 1996. All fifty states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1996 United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

1996 United States presidential election in New Mexico

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Nominee Bill Clinton Bob Dole Ross Perot
Party Democratic Republican Reform
Home state Arkansas Kansas Texas
Running mate Al Gore Jack Kemp Pat Choate
Electoral vote 5 0 0
Popular vote 273,495 232,751 32,257
Percentage 49.18% 41.86% 5.80%

1996 United States Presidential election in New Mexico.svg
County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

New Mexico was won by incumbent United States President Bill Clinton of Arkansas, who was running against Kansas Senator Bob Dole. Clinton ran a second time with former Tennessee Senator Al Gore as Vice President, and Dole ran with former New York Congressman Jack Kemp.[1]

New Mexico weighed in for this election as 1% more Republican than the national average.

Partisan backgroundEdit

The presidential election of 1996 was a very multi-partisan election for New Mexico, with nearly ten percent of the electorate voting for third-party candidates, and two third-party candidates receiving more than 1% of the vote. The majority of counties in New Mexico turned out for Clinton, including the highly populated areas of Doña Ana County, Santa Fe County and Albuquerque’s Bernalillo County.

In his second bid for the presidency, Ross Perot led the newly reformed Reform Party to gain over five percent of the votes in New Mexico, and to pull in support nationally as the most popular third-party candidate to run for United States Presidency in recent times.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which the following counties voted for a Democratic presidential candidate: Sierra, Eddy, and De Baca.[2]

ResultsEdit

1996 United States presidential election in New Mexico
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton 273,495 49.18% 5
Republican Bob Dole 232,751 41.86% 0
Reform Ross Perot 32,257 5.80% 0
Green Party Ralph Nader 13,218 2.38% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 2,996 0.54% 0
Taxpayers’ Howard Phillips 713 0.13% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin 644 0.12% 0
Totals 556,074 100.00% 5
Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered) 45%/65%

Results by countyEdit

County William Jefferson Clinton
Democratic
Robert Joseph Dole
Republican
Henry Ross Perot[3]
Reform
Ralph Nader[3]
Green
Various candidates[3]
Other parties
Margin
% # % # % # % # % # % #
San Miguel 72.51% 6,995 20.09% 1,938 4.20% 405 2.59% 250 0.61% 59 52.42% 5,057
Rio Arriba 70.46% 7,965 22.57% 2,551 4.15% 469 2.37% 268 0.46% 52 47.89% 5,414
Mora 68.76% 1,646 23.43% 561 5.47% 131 1.63% 39 0.71% 17 45.32% 1,085
Taos 66.00% 6,635 21.15% 2,126 5.42% 545 6.57% 660 0.87% 87 44.85% 4,509
Guadalupe 69.59% 1,208 25.12% 436 4.55% 79 0.52% 9 0.23% 4 44.47% 772
Santa Fe 62.08% 26,349 25.58% 10,857 4.35% 1,846 7.11% 3,018 0.89% 376 36.50% 15,492
McKinley 65.21% 10,124 28.79% 4,470 4.19% 650 1.26% 196 0.55% 86 36.42% 5,654
Cibola 58.58% 4,030 32.63% 2,245 7.09% 488 1.24% 85 0.47% 32 25.94% 1,785
Grant 53.62% 5,860 36.54% 3,993 7.12% 778 1.88% 205 0.84% 92 17.08% 1,867
Socorro 53.02% 3,374 36.38% 2,315 7.15% 455 2.12% 135 1.34% 85 16.64% 1,059
Colfax 51.47% 2,659 38.23% 1,975 7.96% 411 1.74% 90 0.60% 31 13.24% 684
Doña Ana 52.26% 22,766 40.26% 17,541 5.21% 2,269 1.46% 635 0.81% 353 11.99% 5,225
Hidalgo 48.31% 943 40.42% 789 10.71% 209 0.26% 5 0.31% 6 7.89% 154
Sandoval 49.46% 13,081 41.65% 11,015 5.60% 1,482 2.34% 618 0.95% 252 7.81% 2,066
Valencia 49.44% 9,169 41.95% 7,779 6.59% 1,222 1.52% 282 0.50% 93 7.50% 1,390
Luna 47.44% 3,001 41.35% 2,616 9.45% 598 1.00% 63 0.76% 48 6.09% 385
Bernalillo 48.28% 88,140 43.19% 78,832 4.77% 8,708 2.89% 5,269 0.87% 1,594 5.10% 9,308
Eddy 47.16% 8,959 44.92% 8,534 6.83% 1,297 0.53% 101 0.56% 107 2.24% 425
De Baca 46.57% 509 44.74% 489 7.87% 86 0.37% 4 0.46% 5 1.83% 20
Sierra 44.83% 2,154 44.54% 2,140 8.97% 431 1.04% 50 0.62% 30 0.29% 14
Torrance 44.51% 2,072 46.27% 2,154 7.13% 332 1.37% 64 0.71% 33 -1.76% -82
Quay 43.82% 1,830 46.53% 1,943 9.03% 377 0.34% 14 0.29% 12 -2.71% -113
Harding 42.86% 264 52.11% 321 4.55% 28 0.49% 3 0.00% 0 -9.25% -57
Los Alamos 40.10% 3,983 50.33% 4,999 5.64% 560 2.49% 247 1.44% 143 -10.23% -1,016
Lea 36.77% 5,393 52.24% 7,661 9.99% 1,465 0.37% 54 0.63% 93 -15.46% -2,268
Chaves 37.87% 7,014 53.95% 9,991 6.86% 1,271 0.66% 123 0.65% 120 -16.08% -2,977
San Juan 37.08% 12,070 53.69% 17,478 7.23% 2,355 1.23% 399 0.77% 251 -16.61% -5,408
Lincoln 34.46% 2,209 52.97% 3,396 10.39% 666 1.22% 78 0.97% 62 -18.52% -1,187
Otero 36.35% 5,938 55.49% 9,065 6.71% 1,096 0.80% 131 0.65% 107 -19.14% -3,127
Roosevelt 35.73% 2,097 55.29% 3,245 7.96% 467 0.48% 28 0.55% 32 -19.56% -1,148
Curry 33.07% 4,116 59.28% 7,378 6.76% 842 0.49% 61 0.40% 50 -26.21% -3,262
Union 31.45% 519 60.30% 995 7.58% 125 0.30% 5 0.36% 6 -28.85% -476
Catron 27.76% 423 60.56% 923 7.48% 114 1.90% 29 2.30% 35 -32.81% -500

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1996 Presidential General Election Results – New Mexico". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  3. ^ a b c Our Campaigns; NM US President 1996