The 1996 United States presidential election in West Virginia took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the
1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the
Electoral College, who voted for
West Virginia was won by
Bill Clinton (
D-AR) over Senator
Bob Dole (
KS), with Clinton winning 51.51% to 36.76% by a margin of 14.75%. Billionaire businessman
Ross Perot (
TX) finished in third, with 11.26% of the popular vote.
As of the
2016 presidential election, this was the last time that West Virginia voted Democratic, as Republican
George W. Bush would narrowly win the state four years later, and 20 years later,
Hillary Clinton lost the state by more than 40 points without carrying a single county. This marked the last election in which West Virginia was carried by the Democratic presidential candidate whilst neighbouring Virginia was carried by the Republican presidential candidate. This was also the last election in which
Tucker County, and
Tyler County voted for the Democratic candidate. This is also the last election in which the 1st and 2nd congressional districts voted for a Democrat and which any district voted Democratic by double digits.
By congressional district
Clinton won all three congressional districts.