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1996 United States presidential election in West Virginia

The 1996 United States presidential election in West Virginia took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1996 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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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 Patrick Choate
Electoral vote 5 0 0
Popular vote 327,812 233,946 71,639
Percentage 51.51% 36.76% 11.26%

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County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Bill Clinton

West Virginia was won by President Bill Clinton (D-AR) over Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), with Clinton winning 51.51% to 36.76% by a margin of 14.75%. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform-TX) finished in third, with 11.26% of the popular vote.[1] As of the 2016 presidential election, this was the last time that West Virginia voted Democratic, as Republican George W. Bush would narrowly win the state four years later, and 20 years later, Hillary Clinton lost the state by more than 40 points without carrying a single county. This marked the last election in which West Virginia was carried by the Democratic presidential candidate whilst neighbouring Virginia was carried by the Republican presidential candidate. This was also the last election in which Mason County, Cabell County, Roane County, Ohio County, Jackson County, Pendleton County, Mercer County, Pleasants County, Monroe County, Lewis County, Hardy County, Raleigh County, Wayne County, Greenbrier County, Marshall County, Hancock County, Randolph County, Nicholas County, Taylor County, Barbour County, Wetzel County, Summers County, Calhoun County, Clay County, Gilmer County, Pocahontas County, Tucker County, and Tyler County voted for the Democratic candidate. This is also the last election in which the 1st and 2nd congressional districts voted for a Democrat and which any district voted Democratic by double digits.


1996 United States presidential election in West Virginia
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton (incumbent) Al Gore 327,812 51.51% 5
Republican Bob Dole Jack Kemp 233,946 36.76% 0
Reform Ross Perot Patrick Choate 71,639 11.26% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Jo Jorgensen 3,062 0.48% 0

By congressional districtEdit

Clinton won all three congressional districts.[2]

District Dole Clinton Other Representative
1st 38% 49% 13% Alan Mollohan
2nd 40% 49% 11% Bob Wise
3rd 32% 58% 10% Nick Rahall


See alsoEdit