1992 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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1992 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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  George H. W. Bush presidential portrait (cropped 2).jpg Bill Clinton.jpg RossPerotColor.jpg
Nominee George H. W. Bush Bill Clinton Ross Perot
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Home state Texas Arkansas Texas
Running mate Dan Quayle Al Gore James Stockdale
Electoral vote 14 0 0
Popular vote 1,134,661 1,114,042 357,864
Percentage 43.44% 42.65% 13.70%

North Carolina Presidential Election Results 1992.svg
County Results

President before election

George H. W. Bush
Republican

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

The 1992 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 3, 1992, and was part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose 14 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina was very narrowly won by incumbent Republican President George H. W. Bush of Texas over his Democratic challenger, Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas. Bush took 43.44% of the vote to Clinton’s 42.65%, a margin of 0.79%. North Carolina was the second-closest state in this election behind neighboring Georgia.[1] This was also the first time since 1956 when North Carolina did not support the winning candidate. It has since gone on to back losing Republicans Bob Dole in 1996, Mitt Romney in 2012, and Donald Trump in 2020.

Billionaire businessman Ross Perot, running as an Independent, finished in third, with 13.70% of the vote, a relatively strong showing for a third party candidate, and his second highest showing in the Southeast, behind only Florida.

Despite being from the South, Bill Clinton became the first Democrat to win the White House without carrying the state of North Carolina since 1844. As of the 2020 presidential election, the 1992 election constitutes the last occasion the following counties have supported a Democratic presidential nominee: Alleghany, Brunswick, Greene, Pamlico, Pender, Rockingham, Sampson and Yancey.[2] This would also be the last election in which North Carolina would vote to the left of neighboring Virginia.

Results[edit]

1992 United States presidential election in North Carolina[3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush (incumbent) 1,134,661 43.44% 14
Democratic Bill Clinton 1,114,042 42.65% 0
Independent Ross Perot 357,864 13.70% 0
Libertarian Andre Marrou 5,171 0.20% 0
New Alliance Party Lenora Fulani (write-in) 59 0.00% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin (write-in) 41 0.00% 0
Socialist Workers Party James Warren (write-in) 12 0.00% 0
Totals 2,611,850 100.0% 14
Voter turnout 54.52%

Results by county[edit]

County George Herbert Walker Bush[4]
Republican
William Jefferson Clinton[4]
Democratic
Henry Ross Perot[4]
Independent
Various candidates[4]
Other parties
Margin
% # % # % # % # % #
Mitchell 62.79% 4,405 24.62% 1,727 12.50% 877 0.09% 6 38.18% 2,678
Avery 57.39% 3,895 25.86% 1,755 16.55% 1,123 0.21% 14 31.53% 2,140
Yadkin 56.34% 7,311 30.15% 3,913 13.29% 1,725 0.22% 28 26.18% 3,398
Gaston 56.51% 34,714 31.12% 19,121 12.19% 7,490 0.18% 110 25.38% 15,593
Davie 54.86% 6,796 29.67% 3,675 15.36% 1,903 0.10% 13 25.20% 3,121
Randolph 53.20% 20,697 28.98% 11,274 17.66% 6,870 0.16% 61 24.22% 9,423
Wilkes 52.57% 12,547 33.48% 7,991 13.86% 3,307 0.10% 23 19.09% 4,556
Henderson 51.43% 17,010 32.50% 10,747 15.90% 5,260 0.17% 55 18.94% 6,263
Cabarrus 51.75% 21,281 32.86% 13,513 15.20% 6,251 0.19% 78 18.89% 7,768
Catawba 51.54% 25,466 33.06% 16,334 15.23% 7,523 0.17% 86 18.48% 9,132
Union 51.71% 16,542 33.72% 10,789 14.38% 4,601 0.19% 60 17.98% 5,753
Davidson 50.01% 24,869 33.11% 16,462 16.74% 8,324 0.14% 70 16.91% 8,407
Rowan 49.84% 21,297 33.48% 14,308 16.51% 7,053 0.17% 74 16.36% 6,989
Iredell 49.80% 19,411 34.03% 13,263 15.92% 6,204 0.26% 102 15.77% 6,148
Onslow 48.70% 11,842 33.08% 8,045 18.04% 4,387 0.18% 44 15.61% 3,797
Stanly 50.91% 11,030 35.70% 7,735 13.18% 2,855 0.20% 44 15.21% 3,295
Wayne 52.29% 14,397 37.44% 10,307 10.16% 2,798 0.11% 30 14.86% 4,090
Alexander 49.64% 6,764 35.59% 4,849 14.69% 2,002 0.08% 11 14.05% 1,915
Caldwell 49.04% 12,543 35.32% 9,033 15.50% 3,965 0.14% 35 13.72% 3,510
Johnston 48.67% 15,418 35.62% 11,284 15.59% 4,939 0.12% 38 13.05% 4,134
Lincoln 49.29% 11,018 36.46% 8,150 14.06% 3,142 0.20% 45 12.83% 2,868
Nash 48.34% 14,446 36.17% 10,809 15.20% 4,544 0.29% 87 12.17% 3,637
Alamance 48.33% 20,637 36.35% 15,521 15.09% 6,444 0.23% 99 11.98% 5,116
Carteret 47.36% 10,334 36.79% 8,028 15.59% 3,401 0.26% 56 10.57% 2,306
Moore 46.81% 12,448 36.29% 9,649 16.73% 4,448 0.17% 46 10.53% 2,799
Graham 49.51% 1,919 40.02% 1,551 10.40% 403 0.08% 3 9.49% 368
Rutherford 47.95% 9,748 38.64% 7,855 13.26% 2,695 0.15% 31 9.31% 1,893
Stokes 47.90% 7,979 38.80% 6,463 13.11% 2,183 0.19% 32 9.10% 1,516
New Hanover 46.67% 24,338 38.91% 20,291 14.19% 7,401 0.24% 124 7.76% 4,047
Clay 47.73% 1,890 40.40% 1,600 11.74% 465 0.13% 5 7.32% 290
Polk 45.77% 3,448 39.02% 2,939 15.05% 1,134 0.16% 12 6.76% 509
Transylvania 45.55% 5,984 38.97% 5,120 15.27% 2,006 0.21% 27 6.58% 864
Surry 46.33% 10,866 40.05% 9,392 13.49% 3,164 0.13% 31 6.28% 1,474
Craven 45.77% 11,575 39.54% 9,998 14.55% 3,679 0.14% 35 6.24% 1,577
Harnett 46.58% 9,751 40.48% 8,473 12.82% 2,684 0.11% 24 6.11% 1,278
McDowell 45.81% 6,090 39.93% 5,309 14.15% 1,881 0.11% 15 5.87% 781
Beaufort 45.91% 7,337 40.33% 6,445 13.60% 2,174 0.15% 24 5.58% 892
Lee 45.42% 6,658 39.92% 5,852 14.50% 2,125 0.16% 24 5.50% 806
Ashe 46.97% 5,200 41.77% 4,624 11.02% 1,220 0.23% 26 5.20% 576
Currituck 41.31% 2,188 36.53% 1,935 21.96% 1,163 0.21% 11 4.78% 253
Dare 40.73% 4,357 36.70% 3,925 22.33% 2,388 0.24% 26 4.04% 432
Cherokee 45.91% 4,021 42.09% 3,686 11.87% 1,040 0.13% 11 3.83% 335
Forsyth 45.40% 52,787 42.15% 49,006 12.27% 14,262 0.19% 219 3.25% 3,781
Burke 44.48% 13,397 41.71% 12,565 13.69% 4,124 0.12% 36 2.76% 832
Cleveland 44.72% 13,650 42.71% 13,037 12.40% 3,784 0.17% 51 2.01% 613
Macon 42.53% 4,797 41.00% 4,624 16.22% 1,829 0.26% 29 1.53% 173
Person 43.60% 4,460 42.26% 4,323 13.99% 1,431 0.16% 16 1.34% 137
Mecklenburg 43.57% 99,496 42.50% 97,065 13.70% 31,283 0.23% 531 1.06% 2,431
Lenoir 45.02% 8,932 44.32% 8,793 10.62% 2,107 0.05% 10 0.70% 139
Wilson 44.36% 10,176 44.06% 10,105 11.47% 2,630 0.11% 26 0.31% 71
Wake 41.84% 86,798 42.89% 88,979 15.01% 31,140 0.27% 550 -1.05% -2,181
Watauga 41.09% 7,899 42.98% 8,262 15.64% 3,007 0.30% 57 -1.89% -363
Buncombe 40.92% 30,892 43.65% 32,955 15.21% 11,481 0.22% 164 -2.73% -2,063
Yancey 43.38% 3,994 46.54% 4,285 9.96% 917 0.13% 12 -3.16% -291
Pitt 41.63% 16,609 45.02% 17,959 13.19% 5,262 0.16% 65 -3.38% -1,350
Sampson 43.12% 8,007 46.84% 8,698 9.97% 1,852 0.06% 11 -3.72% -691
Rockingham 40.54% 12,678 44.39% 13,880 14.94% 4,671 0.13% 40 -3.84% -1,202
Guilford 41.08% 60,140 45.30% 66,319 13.39% 19,601 0.23% 339 -4.22% -6,179
Camden 38.84% 1,039 43.10% 1,153 17.91% 479 0.15% 4 -4.26% -114
Cumberland 42.10% 27,139 46.98% 30,291 10.54% 6,792 0.38% 248 -4.89% -3,152
Pamlico 38.77% 1,929 44.80% 2,229 16.26% 809 0.16% 8 -6.03% -300
Pender 39.07% 4,857 46.86% 5,825 13.88% 1,725 0.19% 23 -7.79% -968
Brunswick 38.40% 8,833 46.86% 10,777 14.56% 3,349 0.18% 41 -8.45% -1,944
Alleghany 39.18% 1,853 48.01% 2,271 12.68% 600 0.13% 6 -8.84% -418
Montgomery 38.67% 3,543 48.27% 4,422 12.94% 1,185 0.12% 11 -9.60% -879
Perquimans 36.85% 1,429 46.88% 1,818 16.09% 624 0.18% 7 -10.03% -389
Greene 38.03% 2,180 48.29% 2,768 13.61% 780 0.07% 4 -10.26% -588
Chowan 36.86% 1,661 47.40% 2,136 15.53% 700 0.20% 9 -10.54% -475
Madison 39.07% 3,121 49.82% 3,980 10.73% 857 0.39% 31 -10.75% -859
Duplin 38.45% 5,286 49.58% 6,816 11.90% 1,636 0.07% 9 -11.13% -1,530
Swain 37.36% 1,640 49.59% 2,177 12.94% 568 0.11% 5 -12.23% -537
Jackson 36.99% 4,275 49.78% 5,753 13.12% 1,516 0.12% 14 -12.79% -1,478
Pasquotank 35.69% 3,419 49.15% 4,709 14.97% 1,434 0.20% 19 -13.46% -1,290
Granville 37.42% 4,538 50.94% 6,178 10.89% 1,321 0.75% 91 -13.52% -1,640
Jones 37.39% 1,438 51.01% 1,962 11.54% 444 0.05% 2 -13.62% -524
Martin 36.90% 2,958 50.76% 4,069 12.24% 981 0.10% 8 -13.86% -1,111
Franklin 35.20% 4,669 49.13% 6,517 15.54% 2,062 0.14% 18 -13.93% -1,848
Vance 37.09% 4,747 51.55% 6,598 11.28% 1,444 0.09% 11 -14.46% -1,851
Haywood 34.71% 7,292 49.43% 10,385 15.72% 3,303 0.14% 29 -14.72% -3,093
Chatham 35.36% 6,568 51.25% 9,520 13.05% 2,425 0.34% 64 -15.89% -2,952
Hyde 32.34% 740 52.71% 1,206 14.86% 340 0.09% 2 -20.37% -466
Washington 33.89% 1,780 55.24% 2,902 10.72% 563 0.15% 8 -21.36% -1,122
Tyrrell 33.03% 553 55.44% 928 11.29% 189 0.24% 4 -22.40% -375
Caswell 33.40% 2,793 56.50% 4,725 9.89% 827 0.22% 18 -23.10% -1,932
Scotland 31.84% 2,980 55.29% 5,175 12.78% 1,196 0.10% 9 -23.45% -2,195
Halifax 32.40% 5,769 55.94% 9,960 11.50% 2,047 0.16% 28 -23.54% -4,191
Durham 33.36% 27,581 57.24% 47,331 9.08% 7,504 0.32% 268 -23.89% -19,750
Bladen 31.58% 3,214 56.01% 5,700 12.26% 1,248 0.15% 15 -24.43% -2,486
Edgecombe 31.92% 6,275 56.84% 11,174 11.06% 2,175 0.17% 33 -24.92% -4,899
Gates 30.20% 1,158 57.54% 2,206 12.15% 466 0.10% 4 -27.33% -1,048
Richmond 28.01% 4,356 58.91% 9,163 12.96% 2,015 0.12% 19 -30.91% -4,807
Hertford 28.78% 2,208 60.08% 4,609 11.03% 846 0.12% 9 -31.30% -2,401
Columbus 28.88% 5,462 60.63% 11,469 10.38% 1,963 0.12% 22 -31.76% -6,007
Hoke 27.00% 1,711 58.86% 3,730 14.00% 887 0.14% 9 -31.86% -2,019
Orange 27.50% 13,009 60.45% 28,595 11.70% 5,535 0.34% 161 -32.95% -15,586
Anson 27.33% 2,334 61.71% 5,269 10.79% 921 0.18% 15 -34.37% -2,935
Robeson 25.52% 7,777 63.59% 19,378 10.75% 3,277 0.14% 42 -38.07% -11,601
Bertie 26.04% 1,756 64.99% 4,382 8.90% 600 0.07% 5 -38.94% -2,626
Warren 24.80% 1,767 65.35% 4,656 9.73% 693 0.13% 9 -40.55% -2,889
Northampton 23.16% 1,845 65.21% 5,195 11.50% 916 0.14% 11 -42.05% -3,350

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1992 Presidential Election Statistics
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  3. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1992 Presidential General Election Data Graphs - North Carolina by County
  4. ^ a b c d Our Campaigns; NC US President Race, November 03, 1992