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|Elections in Vermont|
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.  In addition, this was also the most recent presidential election when sparsely populated Essex County did not vote for/back the overall winning candidate.
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.
|United States presidential election in Vermont, 1976 |
|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|
|Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered)||56%/66%|
|County||Ford#||Ford%||Carter#||Carter%||Others#||Others%||Total votes cast|
- The Political Graveyard; Grand Isle County, Vermont
- "1976 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-14.