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1996 United States presidential election in Tennessee

The 1996 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 5, 1996. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Tennessee voters chose 11 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

United States presidential election in Tennessee, 1996

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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 11 0 0
Popular vote 909,146 863,530 105,918
Percentage 48.00% 45.59% 5.59%

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County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Bill Clinton

Tennessee 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]

Tennessee weighed in for this election as 5% more Republican than the national average. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time that the Democratic nominee carried Tennessee, as well as Montgomery County, Maury County, Carroll County, Weakley County, Obion County, McNairy County, Anderson County, Coffee County, Polk County, Putnam County, Sequatchie County, Bledsoe County, Morgan County, Fayette County, Cheatham County, Roane County, Lawrence County, Dyer County, Union County, Fentress County, Meigs County, and Moore County.

Partisan backgroundEdit

The presidential election of 1996 was a very multi-partisan election for Tennessee, with nearly 7% of the electorate voting for third-party candidates. Most counties in Tennessee turned out for Clinton, including the highly populated Shelby County and Davidson County, by narrow margins. Both Shelby and Davidson counties have been consistently Democratic since the election of 1992.

In his second bid for the presidency, Ross Perot led the newly reformed Reform Party to gain over 5% of the votes in Tennessee, and to pull in support nationally as the most popular third-party candidate to run for United States Presidency in recent times. Tennessee showed Perot his worst performance out of any other state.


United States presidential election in Tennessee, 1996
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton 909,146 48.00% 11
Republican Bob Dole 863,530 45.59% 0
Reform Ross Perot 105,918 5.59% 0
Green Ralph Nader 6,427 0.34% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 5,020 0.27% 0
Taxpayers’ Howard Phillips 1,818 0.10% 0
Independent Charles E. Collins 688 0.04% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin 636 0.03% 0
Independent Stephen Michael 408 0.02% 0
Prohibition Earl Dodge 324 0.02% 0
Write-ins 190 0.01% 0
Totals 1,894,105 100.00% 11
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2013-07-21.