United States presidential election in Vermont, 1992 Article

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1992

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Nominee Bill Clinton George H.W. Bush Ross Perot
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Home state Arkansas Texas Texas
Running mate Al Gore Dan Quayle James Stockdale
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 133,592 88,122 65,991
Percentage 46.1% 30.4% 22.8%

Vermont Election Results by Shaded County 1992.svg
County Results
  Clinton—50-60%
  Clinton—40-50%
  Clinton—<40%

President before election

George H. W. Bush
Republican

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

The 1992 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 3, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Vermont was won by Democratic Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas, taking 46.11% of the popular vote over incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush of Texas, who took 30.42%, a victory margin of 15.69%. Independent Texas billionaire Ross Perot finished in third, with 22.78% of the popular vote. [1] Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush. [2]

This election would prove to be a re-aligning one for the state of Vermont. Clinton's decisive double-digit victory in the state, including a Democratic sweep of all fourteen counties, represented a dramatic turnaround for a state that up to that point had been reliably Republican for over 130 years. This was only the second time in history that a Democratic presidential nominee had won Vermont's electoral votes, the first and only prior time being when Lyndon Johnson had carried the state in the 1964 Democratic landslide. Except for 1964, Vermont had voted Republican in every presidential election from 1856 to 1988. Beginning in 1992, however, Vermont instantly became a reliably Democratic state in presidential elections, voting Democratic in every election that has followed.

Vermont's sudden shift away from the GOP was largely a product of dramatic changes within the party itself. By the 1990s, the Republican Party, which once had a vibrant progressive Northeastern wing, had been almost completely taken over by conservatives, Southerners, and Evangelical Christians. Consequently, Vermont, a liberal and secular New England state, moved increasingly toward the Democratic Party and today is regarded as one of the safest of blue states.

Results

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1992 [1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton 133,592 46.11% 3
Republican George H.W. Bush ( incumbent) 88,122 30.42% 0
Independent Ross Perot 65,991 22.78% 0
Libertarian Andre Marrou 501 0.17% 0
Write-ins 488 0.17% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 429 0.15% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin 315 0.11% 0
VT Taxpayers' Howard Phillips 124 0.04% 0
Socialist Workers James Warren 82 0.03% 0
Democrats for Economic Recovery Lyndon LaRouche 57 0.02% 0
Totals 289,701 100.0% 3

Results by County

County Clinton Votes Bush Votes Others Votes Total
Addison 47.5% 8,092 29.6% 5,034 22.9% 3,900 17,026
Bennington 44.9% 8,178 32.4% 5,895 22.7% 4,143 18,216
Caledonia 37.9% 4,948 35.0% 4,571 27.1% 3,543 13,062
Chittenden 50.4% 35,314 27.2% 19,093 22.4% 15,714 70,121
Essex 36.5% 1,092 34.7% 1,038 28.9% 866 2,996
Franklin 42.7% 8,004 29.3% 5,484 28.1% 5,263 18,751
Grand Isle 42.7% 1,444 30.0% 1,012 27.3% 923 3,379
Lamoille 44.0% 4,459 29.0% 2,936 27.1% 2,747 10,142
Orange 43.1% 5,774 31.7% 4,249 25.3% 3,387 13,410
Orleans 41.0% 4,721 31.0% 3,572 28.0% 3,220 11,513
Rutland 41.2% 12,829 35.2% 10,963 23.6% 7,352 31,144
Washington 45.9% 13,452 32.1% 9,424 22.0% 6,462 29,338
Windham 53.3% 11,114 27.2% 5,816 19.5% 4,181 21,411
Windsor 47.5% 13,871 31.0% 9,035 21.5% 6,286 29,192

References

  1. ^ a b "1992 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  2. ^ "1992 Presidential General Election Results". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 10 June 2012.