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1996 Democratic Party presidential primaries

The 1996 Democratic presidential primaries were the selection process by which voters of the Democratic Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 1996 U.S. presidential election. Incumbent President Bill Clinton was again selected as the nominee through a series of primary elections and caucuses culminating in the 1996 Democratic National Convention held from August 26 to August 29, 1996, in Chicago, Illinois.

Democratic Party presidential primaries, 1996

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  Bill Clinton.jpg No image.svg Lyndon LaRouche (cropped).jpg
Candidate Bill Clinton Roland Riemers Lyndon LaRouche
Home state Arkansas North Dakota Virginia
Contests won 55 1 0
Popular vote 9,706,802 651 596,422
Percentage 89.0% 0.006% 5.5%

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Previous Democratic nominee

Bill Clinton

Democratic nominee

Bill Clinton

Primary race overviewEdit

With the advantage of incumbency, Bill Clinton's path to renomination by the Democratic Party was uneventful. At the 1996 Democratic National Convention, Clinton - along with incumbent Vice President Al Gore - was renominated following a primary race in which he faced only token opposition. Perennial candidate Lyndon LaRouche qualified for one delegate from Virginia and one delegate from Louisiana, but the state parties refused to award him delegates and the First District Court of Appeals upheld their decision.[1] Former Pennsylvania governor Bob Casey contemplated a challenge to Clinton, but health problems forced Casey to abandon a bid.[2][3] That left Jimmy Griffin, the former mayor of Buffalo, New York, as the highest-ranking challenger still in the race. After finishing in eighth place, behind even the perennial candidates, in the New Hampshire primaries, Griffin dropped out of the race. Clinton easily won primaries nationwide, with margins consistently higher than 80%.[4]

Libertarian activist Roland Riemers scored a victory in North Dakota, but this was due to the fact that Clinton was not on the ballot in the state.[5]



Withdrew during primariesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ LaRouche v. Fowler. United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. 2008-08-28
  2. ^ "Anyone left? The search for a Clinton challenger in 1996". The Progressive. May 1, 1995. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  3. ^ Newton-Small, Jay (November 24, 2009). "Can a Pro-Life Dem Bridge the Health-Care Divide?". Time. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  4. ^ US President - D Primaries. OurCampaigns.
  5. ^ FEC: 1996 Presidential Primary Results