Vermont, in 2000, gave its 3 electoral votes to
Vice PresidentAl Gore who won the state by about 10 points over
Texas GovernorGeorge W. Bush, while third-party candidate
Ralph Nader took nearly 7% of the vote, his second-best showing in the country in terms of percentage of the vote after
Alaska. Gore's win in Vermont marked the third consecutive victory for Democrats in the Green Mountain State, and the last Republican candidate to win Vermont’s three electoral votes was Bush's father,
George H.W. Bush, in
1988. This election marked the first time in the Republican Party’s history that a Republican nominee was elected without winning Vermont, and the first in the history of the Democratic Party that the Democrats carried the state with a majority of the popular vote twice in a row.
As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time a Republican presidential candidate received more than 40% of the vote in Vermont and where the margin of victory was in single digits. It has also been the only time since 1988 the Republicans have carried any county other than
Essex – which has become a
bellwether county analogous to the longtime status of neighboring
Coos County, New Hampshire.