United States presidential election in Vermont, 1976 Article

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1976

←  1972 November 2, 1976 1980 →
  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 3 0
Popular vote 102,085 81,044
Percentage 54.34% 43.14%

Vermont Election Results by County 1976.svg
County Results
  Ford—50-60%
  Ford—60-70%

President before election

Gerald Ford
Republican

Elected President

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

The 1976 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 2, 1976, as part of the 1976 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Vermont voted for incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford of Michigan and his running mate Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, defeating Democratic Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia and his running mate Senator Walter Mondale of Minnesota.

Ford took 54.34 percent of the vote to Carter’s 43.14 percent, a victory margin of 11.20%. Anti-war former Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota, running as an Independent presidential candidate, came in a distant third, with 2.13 percent.

Vermont historically was a bastion of liberal Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1976 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party, except in the Democratic landslide of 1964, when the GOP had nominated staunch conservative Barry Goldwater. Gerald Ford, a moderate Northern Republican from Michigan, was easily able to continue the Republican tradition in Vermont, carrying the state comfortably and sweeping every county in the state against Southerner Jimmy Carter. This was the first election since 1892 when Grand Isle County had backed a losing candidate. [1]

As the Republican Party would lurch to the right with Ronald Reagan four years later in 1980, Vermont would prove to be the only state in the nation where the moderate Ford would outperform the conservative Reagan. Ford won the state by a larger margin and won more counties than Reagan, reflecting the process of realignment going on at the time both within the party and within the state.

1976 was the last time that a losing Republican candidate would carry the state of Vermont, and the last time that the state would vote Republican in a close election. It was also the last election in which Vermont was more Republican than the nation as a whole, with Ford winning the state by over 11 points despite losing the national race by 2, making Vermont 13 percent more Republican than the national average in the 1976 election. Vermont would vote more Democratic than the nation in every election that has followed beginning in 1980.

Results

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1976 [2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Gerald Ford 102,085 54.34% 3
Democratic Jimmy Carter 81,044 43.14% 0
McCarthy '76 Eugene McCarthy 4,001 2.13% 0
Socialist Workers Peter Camejo 430 0.23% 0
U.S. Labor Lyndon LaRouche 196 0.10% 0
No party Write-ins 99 0.05% 0
Totals 187,855 100.00% 3
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 56%/66%

Results by county

County Ford# Ford% Carter# Carter% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Addison 5,726 56.52% 4,164 41.10% 241 2.38% 10,131
Bennington 6,712 54.19% 5,443 43.94% 232 1.87% 12,387
Caledonia 5,488 59.63% 3,511 38.15% 204 2.22% 9,203
Chittenden 22,013 53.23% 17,992 43.51% 1,351 3.27% 41,356
Essex 1,161 53.06% 1,002 45.80% 25 1.14% 2,188
Franklin 6,190 51.64% 5,610 46.80% 186 1.55% 11,986
Grand Isle 1,004 52.59% 866 45.36% 39 2.04% 1,909
Lamoille 3,535 61.56% 2,016 35.11% 191 3.33% 5,742
Orange 4,768 58.61% 3,171 38.98% 196 2.41% 8,135
Orleans 4,075 52.30% 3,561 45.71% 155 1.99% 7,791
Rutland 11,565 53.00% 9,868 45.23% 386 1.77% 21,819
Washington 10,919 53.90% 8,764 43.26% 576 2.84% 20,259
Windham 7,928 52.05% 6,794 44.60% 510 3.35% 15,232
Windsor 11,001 55.80% 8,282 42.01% 433 2.20% 19,716
Totals 102,085 54.34% 81,044 43.14% 4,725 2.52% 187,854

References

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard; Grand Isle County, Vermont
  2. ^ "1976 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-14.