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1976 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1976 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 2, 1976, and was part of the 1976 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

United States presidential election in North Carolina, 1976

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Nominee Jimmy Carter Gerald Ford
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Georgia Michigan
Running mate Walter Mondale Bob Dole
Electoral vote 13 0
Popular vote 927,365 875,635
Percentage 55.27% 44.22%

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County Results

President before election

Gerald R. Ford

Elected President

Jimmy Carter

North Carolina voted decisively for the Democratic nominee, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, over the Republican nominee, incumbent President Gerald R. Ford of Michigan. Carter carried the state with 55.27% to Ford's 44.22%, a victory margin of 11.05%. Carter's victory was the last time a Democratic presidential candidate would win North Carolina until 2008. He is the last Democrat to have won over 50% of the vote in North Carolina, the last Democrat to carry Gaston County, New Hanover County, Onslow County, Johnston County, Iredell County, Alamance County, Rowan County, Craven County, Burke County, Caldwell County, Lincoln County, Surry County, Rutherford County, Carteret County, Stanly County, Beaufort County, Stokes County, McDowell County, Alexander County, Dare County, Macon County, Transylvania County, Cherokee County, Ashe County, Clay County, and Graham County, and this is the last time a Democrat swept every congressional district in the state, while also winning it by a double digit margin.


United States presidential election in North Carolina, 1976[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Jimmy Carter 927,365 55.27% 13
Republican Gerald Ford (incumbent) 741,960 44.22% 0
American Thomas Anderson 5,607 0.33% 0
Libertarian Roger MacBride 2,219 0.13% 0
US Labor Lyndon LaRouche 755 0.04% 0
Totals 1,677,906 100.0% 13
Voter turnout 54.52%

Primary ElectionsEdit

Democratic primaryEdit

Former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter scored a decisive victory over Alabama Gov. George Wallace in the North Carolina Democratic presidential primary on March 23, 1976, with approximately 53 percent of the vote to Wallace's 35 percent. Sen. Scoop Jackson trailed far behind, with approximately 4 percent.[2] The North Carolina primary was the first in which Carter won an absolute majority and helped seal his ultimate nomination.[3] Wallace, who had won the North Carolina primary in 1972, was all but eliminated from the race by his defeat.[4]

Republican primaryEdit

Former California Gov. Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent President Ford in the North Carolina Republican presidential primary on March 23, 1976, with approximately 52 percent of the vote. It was Reagan's first primary victory of 1976, and came about with key support from North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms. Reagan's win prolonged the contest for the Republican nomination and paved the way for him to be elected president in 1980. Reagan would go on to narrowly win the state in 1980.[5]