Kerry received 58.94% of the vote to Bush's 38.80%, a Democratic victory margin of 20.14%.
Kerry also swept 13 of the state's 14 counties, breaking 60% in 6 of them. Kerry's strongest county was
Windham County, which he won with 66.43% of the vote to Bush's 31.22%. Only one county voted for Bush, sparsely populated
Essex County in the far northeast of the state, which Bush won with 54.17% of the vote.
A state with strong
liberal and anti-war tendencies, Vermont registered as the third most Democratic state in the nation in the 2004 election, its results making the state about 23% more Democratic than the nation. It also had the strongest Democratic swing of any state in the nation against Bush compared to the
2000 result. Even as Bush increased his nationwide popular vote support from a 0.52% loss to
Al Gore in 2000 to a 2.46% nationwide victory in 2004, Vermont swung 10.20% against Bush, making the state trend 13.18% Democratic relative to the nation. This portended the future trend of the state toward dominance by the Democratic Party, as Democrat
Barack Obama would carry the state in a 67-30 landslide four years later in
2008 and again in