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United States presidential election in Virginia, 1976

The 1976 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 2, 1976. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1976 United States presidential election. Virginia voters chose twelve electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

United States presidential election in Virginia, 1976

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  Gerald Ford, official Presidential photo.jpg Carter cropped.jpg
Nominee Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Michigan Georgia
Running mate Bob Dole Walter Mondale
Electoral vote 12 0
Popular vote 836,554 813,896
Percentage 49.29% 47.96%

President before election

Gerald Ford
Republican

Elected President

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

Virginia was narrowly won by incumbent United States President Gerald Ford of Michigan with 49.29 percent of the vote, who was running against Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia. The national election was ultimately won by Carter with 50.08 percent of the vote. Virginia was unusual in this election because it was the only state that Ford won in the South besides Oklahoma. Key to Ford’s win were the Richmond and Washington D.C. suburban counties of Henrico and Fairfax, which he won by over forty-two thousand votes. Minus Henrico County, Carter would have won a razor-thin victory by 0.06 percent.

Carter did do relatively well in many rural sections of Virginia – for instance he is the solitary Democratic presidential nominee to top forty percent in traditionally arch-Republican Floyd County since Grover Cleveland in 1892. As of the 2016 presidential election this is the last occasion a Democratic presidential nominee has carried Amelia County, Bedford County, Botetourt County, Charlotte County, Cumberland County, Fluvanna County, Gloucester County, Goochland County, Grayson County, Halifax County, King George County, New Kent County, Nottoway County, Patrick County, Prince George County, Rappahannock County, Rockbridge County, Scott County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Warren County, Bristol City and Salem City.[1]

ResultsEdit

United States presidential election in Virginia, 1976[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Gerald Ford (inc.) 836,554 49.29% 12
Democratic Jimmy Carter 813,896 47.96% 0
Socialist Workers Peter Camejo 17,802 1.05% 0
American Thomas J. Anderson 16,686 0.98% 0
U.S. Labor Lyndon LaRouche 7,508 0.44% 0
Libertarian Roger MacBride 4,648 0.27% 0
Totals 1,697,094 100.00% 12

Results by countyEdit

Gerald Rudolph Ford
Republican
James Earl Carter
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County or Independent City # % # % # % # % #
Accomack County 4,494 47.13% 4,807 50.41% 235 2.46% -313 -3.28% 9,536
Albemarle County 9,084 54.62% 7,310 43.95% 238 1.43% 1,774 10.67% 16,632
Alleghany County 1,756 41.17% 2,462 57.73% 47 1.10% -706 -16.55% 4,265
Amelia County 1,634 47.25% 1,715 49.60% 109 3.15% -81 -2.34% 3,458
Amherst County 3,956 50.87% 3,675 47.26% 145 1.86% 281 3.61% 7,776
Appomattox County 1,964 50.84% 1,702 44.06% 197 5.10% 262 6.78% 3,863
Arlington County 30,972 47.95% 32,536 50.37% 1,091 1.69% -1,564 -2.42% 64,599
Augusta County 8,452 57.53% 5,626 38.29% 614 4.18% 2,826 19.23% 14,692
Bath County 888 45.96% 1,029 53.26% 15 0.78% -141 -7.30% 1,932
Bedford County 4,189 45.31% 4,766 51.55% 291 3.15% -577 -6.24% 9,246
Bland County 1,047 51.91% 961 47.65% 9 0.45% 86 4.26% 2,017
Botetourt County 3,343 44.14% 4,021 53.10% 209 2.76% -678 -8.95% 7,573
Brunswick County 2,387 42.11% 3,071 54.18% 210 3.71% -684 -12.07% 5,668
Buchanan County 3,850 35.89% 5,791 53.98% 1,087 10.13% -1,941 -18.09% 10,728
Buckingham County 1,487 39.57% 2,179 57.98% 92 2.45% -692 -18.41% 3,758
Campbell County 7,442 60.78% 4,354 35.56% 449 3.67% 3,088 25.22% 12,245
Caroline County 1,648 34.36% 3,064 63.89% 84 1.75% -1,416 -29.52% 4,796
Carroll County 4,820 53.75% 4,010 44.71% 138 1.54% 810 9.03% 8,968
Charles City County 439 22.50% 1,455 74.58% 57 2.92% -1,016 -52.08% 1,951
Charlotte County 2,023 46.04% 2,312 52.62% 59 1.34% -289 -6.58% 4,394
Chesterfield County 27,812 65.54% 14,126 33.29% 498 1.17% 13,686 32.25% 42,436
Clarke County 1,440 51.54% 1,276 45.67% 78 2.79% 164 5.87% 2,794
Craig County 546 32.75% 1,103 66.17% 18 1.08% -557 -33.41% 1,667
Culpeper County 3,659 54.64% 2,892 43.19% 145 2.17% 767 11.45% 6,696
Cumberland County 1,284 46.57% 1,302 47.23% 171 6.20% -18 -0.65% 2,757
Dickenson County 3,471 42.28% 4,583 55.83% 155 1.89% -1,112 -13.55% 8,209
Dinwiddie County 2,413 37.28% 3,873 59.83% 187 2.89% -1,460 -22.56% 6,473
Essex County 1,380 50.55% 1,306 47.84% 44 1.61% 74 2.71% 2,730
Fairfax County 110,424 53.62% 92,037 44.69% 3,496 1.70% 18,387 8.93% 205,957
Fauquier County 4,715 51.75% 4,002 43.92% 394 4.32% 713 7.83% 9,111
Floyd County 2,071 52.76% 1,728 44.03% 126 3.21% 343 8.74% 3,925
Fluvanna County 1,296 46.79% 1,415 51.08% 59 2.13% -119 -4.30% 2,770
Franklin County 3,532 34.63% 6,439 63.13% 228 2.24% -2,907 -28.50% 10,199
Frederick County 5,162 59.52% 3,389 39.08% 121 1.40% 1,773 20.45% 8,672
Giles County 2,731 40.53% 3,779 56.08% 229 3.40% -1,048 -15.55% 6,739
Gloucester County 3,025 47.24% 3,156 49.28% 223 3.48% -131 -2.05% 6,404
Goochland County 2,104 47.23% 2,259 50.71% 92 2.07% -155 -3.48% 4,455
Grayson County 3,021 48.33% 3,146 50.33% 84 1.34% -125 -2.00% 6,251
Greene County 1,095 51.41% 895 42.02% 140 6.57% 200 9.39% 2,130
Greensville County 1,137 31.18% 2,413 66.18% 96 2.63% -1,276 -35.00% 3,646
Halifax County 4,045 46.51% 4,352 50.04% 300 3.45% -307 -3.53% 8,697
Hanover County 11,559 64.72% 6,069 33.98% 231 1.29% 5,490 30.74% 17,859
Henrico County 45,405 65.82% 21,729 31.50% 1,847 2.68% 23,676 34.32% 68,981
Henry County 5,612 35.02% 9,680 60.41% 732 4.57% -4,068 -25.39% 16,024
Highland County 629 55.57% 493 43.55% 10 0.88% 136 12.01% 1,132
Isle of Wight County 2,718 38.78% 4,145 59.14% 146 2.08% -1,427 -20.36% 7,009
James City County 3,186 49.36% 3,000 46.48% 268 4.15% 186 2.88% 6,454
King and Queen County 778 39.06% 1,111 55.77% 103 5.17% -333 -16.72% 1,992
King George County 1,383 46.75% 1,513 51.15% 62 2.10% -130 -4.39% 2,958
King William County 1,597 50.60% 1,501 47.56% 58 1.84% 96 3.04% 3,156
Lancaster County 2,381 58.44% 1,581 38.81% 112 2.75% 800 19.64% 4,074
Lee County 4,679 45.50% 5,415 52.65% 190 1.85% -736 -7.16% 10,284
Loudoun County 9,192 51.79% 7,995 45.05% 561 3.16% 1,197 6.74% 17,748
Louisa County 2,151 41.89% 2,857 55.64% 127 2.47% -706 -13.75% 5,135
Lunenburg County 1,816 49.73% 1,739 47.62% 97 2.66% 77 2.11% 3,652
Madison County 1,710 52.97% 1,466 45.42% 52 1.61% 244 7.56% 3,228
Mathews County 1,908 57.77% 1,309 39.63% 86 2.60% 599 18.14% 3,303
Mecklenburg County 4,423 50.44% 4,076 46.48% 270 3.08% 347 3.96% 8,769
Middlesex County 1,608 52.91% 1,312 43.17% 119 3.92% 296 9.74% 3,039
Montgomery County 7,971 50.64% 7,539 47.89% 232 1.47% 432 2.74% 15,742
Nelson County 1,516 37.65% 2,426 60.24% 85 2.11% -910 -22.60% 4,027
New Kent County 1,259 47.62% 1,338 50.61% 47 1.78% -79 -2.99% 2,644
Northampton County 2,043 43.15% 2,459 51.93% 233 4.92% -416 -8.79% 4,735
Northumberland County 2,167 52.52% 1,814 43.97% 145 3.51% 353 8.56% 4,126
Nottoway County 2,486 47.61% 2,558 48.99% 178 3.41% -72 -1.38% 5,222
Orange County 2,549 49.39% 2,309 44.74% 303 5.87% 240 4.65% 5,161
Page County 3,780 51.52% 3,401 46.35% 156 2.13% 379 5.17% 7,337
Patrick County 2,349 43.69% 2,740 50.96% 288 5.36% -391 -7.27% 5,377
Pittsylvania County 9,173 51.21% 7,929 44.26% 811 4.53% 1,244 6.94% 17,913
Powhatan County 2,010 55.28% 1,528 42.02% 98 2.70% 482 13.26% 3,636
Prince Edward County 2,734 50.36% 2,448 45.09% 247 4.55% 286 5.27% 5,429
Prince George County 2,254 45.44% 2,630 53.02% 76 1.53% -376 -7.58% 4,960
Prince William County 15,446 49.00% 15,215 48.26% 863 2.74% 231 0.73% 31,524
Pulaski County 4,764 44.84% 5,546 52.20% 314 2.96% -782 -7.36% 10,624
Rappahannock County 881 44.47% 1,071 54.06% 29 1.46% -190 -9.59% 1,981
Richmond County 1,391 60.80% 864 37.76% 33 1.44% 527 23.03% 2,288
Roanoke County 13,587 50.42% 13,120 48.69% 241 0.89% 467 1.73% 26,948
Rockbridge County 2,157 43.66% 2,525 51.11% 258 5.22% -368 -7.45% 4,940
Rockingham County 9,768 61.87% 5,349 33.88% 672 4.26% 4,419 27.99% 15,789
Russell County 4,287 40.19% 6,014 56.38% 366 3.43% -1,727 -16.19% 10,667
Scott County 4,313 45.43% 4,496 47.36% 685 7.22% -183 -1.93% 9,494
Shenandoah County 6,296 64.05% 3,364 34.22% 170 1.73% 2,932 29.83% 9,830
Smyth County 5,032 47.29% 5,246 49.30% 363 3.41% -214 -2.01% 10,641
Southampton County 2,366 40.18% 3,399 57.72% 124 2.11% -1,033 -17.54% 5,889
Spotsylvania County 3,210 42.46% 4,210 55.69% 140 1.85% -1,000 -13.23% 7,560
Stafford County 4,451 46.84% 4,900 51.57% 151 1.59% -449 -4.73% 9,502
Surry County 929 32.79% 1,829 64.56% 75 2.65% -900 -31.77% 2,833
Sussex County 1,360 33.22% 2,497 60.99% 237 5.79% -1,137 -27.77% 4,094
Tazewell County 5,565 41.41% 7,565 56.29% 309 2.30% -2,000 -14.88% 13,439
Warren County 2,985 45.80% 3,221 49.42% 311 4.77% -236 -3.62% 6,517
Washington County 6,865 48.98% 6,547 46.71% 603 4.30% 318 2.27% 14,015
Westmoreland County 1,909 41.79% 2,355 51.55% 304 6.65% -446 -9.76% 4,568
Wise County 5,691 42.63% 7,134 53.43% 526 3.94% -1,443 -10.81% 13,351
Wythe County 4,231 51.34% 3,578 43.42% 432 5.24% 653 7.92% 8,241
York County 5,603 53.61% 4,736 45.32% 112 1.07% 867 8.30% 10,451
Alexandria City 16,880 44.53% 19,858 52.38% 1,172 3.09% -2,978 -7.86% 37,910
Bedford City 1,043 45.47% 1,122 48.91% 129 5.62% -79 -3.44% 2,294
Bristol City 2,943 46.27% 3,343 52.55% 75 1.18% -400 -6.29% 6,361
Buena Vista City 771 41.61% 993 53.59% 89 4.80% -222 -11.98% 1,853
Charlottesville City 6,673 48.11% 6,846 49.36% 350 2.52% -173 -1.25% 13,869
Chesapeake City 12,851 39.96% 17,651 54.89% 1,655 5.15% -4,800 -14.93% 32,157
Clifton Forge City 770 40.68% 993 52.46% 130 6.87% -223 -11.78% 1,893
Colonial Heights City 4,291 61.88% 2,409 34.74% 234 3.37% 1,882 27.14% 6,934
Covington City 1,173 37.06% 1,820 57.50% 172 5.43% -647 -20.44% 3,165
Danville City 10,235 59.46% 6,425 37.33% 552 3.21% 3,810 22.14% 17,212
Emporia City 1,055 52.23% 899 44.50% 66 3.27% 156 7.72% 2,020
Fairfax City 4,174 53.36% 3,464 44.28% 185 2.36% 710 9.08% 7,823
Falls Church City 2,323 50.63% 2,202 47.99% 63 1.37% 121 2.64% 4,588
Franklin City 1,127 49.21% 1,116 48.73% 47 2.05% 11 0.48% 2,290
Fredericksburg City 2,527 49.07% 2,550 49.51% 73 1.42% -23 -0.45% 5,150
Galax City 1,128 47.59% 1,218 51.39% 24 1.01% -90 -3.80% 2,370
Hampton City 15,021 41.67% 19,202 53.27% 1,825 5.06% -4,181 -11.60% 36,048
Harrisonburg City 3,376 63.01% 1,803 33.65% 179 3.34% 1,573 29.36% 5,358
Hopewell City 3,764 48.21% 3,691 47.28% 352 4.51% 73 0.94% 7,807
Lexington City 1,027 50.47% 945 46.44% 63 3.10% 82 4.03% 2,035
Lynchburg City 14,564 61.18% 8,227 34.56% 1,013 4.26% 6,337 26.62% 23,804
Manassas City 1,992 53.30% 1,646 44.05% 99 2.65% 346 9.26% 3,737
Manassas Park City 444 37.34% 709 59.63% 36 3.03% -265 -22.29% 1,189
Martinsville City 3,147 45.38% 3,491 50.34% 297 4.28% -344 -4.96% 6,935
Newport News City 20,914 47.01% 23,058 51.83% 520 1.17% -2,144 -4.82% 44,492
Norfolk City 28,099 39.91% 39,295 55.82% 3,008 4.27% -11,196 -15.90% 70,402
Norton City 577 40.35% 811 56.71% 42 2.94% -234 -16.36% 1,430
Petersburg City 5,041 38.53% 7,852 60.02% 189 1.44% -2,811 -21.49% 13,082
Poquoson City 1,461 55.34% 1,140 43.18% 39 1.48% 321 12.16% 2,640
Portsmouth City 12,872 35.51% 22,837 63.01% 537 1.48% -9,965 -27.49% 36,246
Radford City 1,844 44.74% 2,240 54.34% 38 0.92% -396 -9.61% 4,122
Richmond City 37,176 44.73% 44,687 53.77% 1,247 1.50% -7,511 -9.04% 83,110
Roanoke City 14,738 41.00% 20,696 57.57% 515 1.43% -5,958 -16.57% 35,949
Salem City 4,196 48.29% 4,404 50.68% 90 1.04% -208 -2.39% 8,690
South Boston City 1,389 56.97% 1,001 41.06% 48 1.97% 388 15.91% 2,438
Staunton City 4,681 59.53% 2,951 37.53% 231 2.94% 1,730 22.00% 7,863
Suffolk City 6,066 38.86% 9,246 59.24% 297 1.90% -3,180 -20.37% 15,609
Virginia Beach City 34,593 54.46% 25,824 40.66% 3,101 4.88% 8,769 13.81% 63,518
Waynesboro City 3,528 59.64% 2,209 37.35% 178 3.01% 1,319 22.30% 5,915
Williamsburg City 1,654 51.77% 1,468 45.95% 73 2.28% 186 5.82% 3,195
Winchester City 4,075 62.85% 2,346 36.18% 63 0.97% 1,729 26.67% 6,484
Totals 836,554 49.29% 813,896 47.96% 46,644 2.75% 22,658 1.34% 1,697,094

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1976election.pdf