1976 United States presidential election in New Hampshire
|Elections in New Hampshire|
The 1976 United States presidential election in New Hampshire took place on November 2, 1976, as part of the 1976 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.
New Hampshire was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Gerald Ford of Michigan and his running mate Senator Bob Dole of Kansas. Ford and Dole defeated the Democratic nominees, Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia and his running mate Senator Walter Mondale of Minnesota.
Ford took 54.75% of the vote to Carter's 43.47%, a margin of 11.28%.
New Hampshire in this era normally leaned Republican, having not gone Democratic since the nationwide Democratic landslide of 1964.
On the county map, Ford won 9 of New Hampshire's 10 counties, with only rural Coos County in the far north of the state giving a 51-49 majority to Carter. In a sign of the state's Republican trend that would occur in the 1970s and 1980s, even while narrowly losing the national race, Ford won 2 of the state's traditional New Deal Democratic counties, with a majority win in Hillsborough County and a plurality win Strafford County. Since 1932, both of these counties, along with Coos County, had gone Democratic in every close presidential election or Democratic victory, voting every time for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Hubert H. Humphrey.
Ford's decisive victory in New Hampshire, while narrowly losing the national race, would make the state over 13% more Republican than the national average in the 1976 election. This is also the most recent presidential election when New Hampshire would back the losing Republican candidate, and the last presidential election until 2016 when the winner of Coos County did not also carry the state as well.
|1976 United States presidential election in New Hampshire|
|McCarthy '76||Eugene McCarthy||4,095||1.21%||0|
|U.S. Labor||Lyndon LaRouche||186||0.05%||0|
|Socialist Workers||Peter Camejo||161||0.05%||0|
|Socialist Labor||Julius Levin||66||0.02%||0|
|Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered)||57%/71%|
- "1976 Presidential General Election Results - New Hampshire". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-11-16.