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 9 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. This was also the first time since 1956 when North Carolina did not support the winning candidate. The same would also occur when it backed fellow losing Republican candidates Bob Dole four years later in 1996, along with Mitt Romney in 2012 as well.
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, before the Republican Party even started. As of the 2016 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.