Utah was won by incumbent
Republican President Gerald Ford over the
Jimmy Carter. Carter won the election nationally, and despite the election solidifying the state's place within the core of the Republican heartland (which it retains to this day) 1976 stands as the last occasion a Democrat has carried
Emery County, where Carter obtained a fifty-four vote plurality. After Nixon’s clean sweep of all twenty-nine counties in 1972, Carter would also win
Carbon County with 59.4 percent of the vote, but Ford won absolute majorities in all twenty-seven remaining counties, with his total vote ranging from 50.3 percent in
Tooele County to 72.5 percent in
Kane County. Reagan was to repeat Nixon’s 1972 clean sweep in both his elections, and no county in Utah except Carbon and Tooele would ever vote against a Republican until
With 62.44% of the popular vote, Utah would prove to be Ford's strongest victory in the 1976 election.