1996 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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1996 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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  Bob Dole, PCCWW photo portrait.JPG Bill Clinton.jpg RossPerotColor.jpg
Nominee Bob Dole Bill Clinton Ross Perot
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Home state Kansas Arkansas Texas
Running mate Jack Kemp Al Gore Pat Choate
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 150,543 139,333 31,250
Percentage 46.49% 43.03% 9.65%

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County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

Bill Clinton
Democratic

The 1996 United States presidential election in South Dakota took place on November 5, 1996. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose three electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

South Dakota was won by Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who was running against incumbent United States President Bill Clinton of Arkansas. Clinton ran a second time with former Tennessee Senator Al Gore as Vice President, and Dole ran with former New York Congressman Jack Kemp.[1]

South Dakota weighed in for this election as 12 points more Republican than the national average.

Partisan background[edit]

The presidential election of 1996 was a very multi-partisan election for South Dakota, with more than ten percent of the electorate voting for third-party candidates. Most counties turned out in this election for Dole. The major exceptions were the overwhelmingly Democratic majority-Native American counties of Shannon, Todd, Buffalo and Dewey, and a number of East River counties near Minnesota including Brown County, and Sioux Falls's Minnehaha County, which gave mostly pluralities to Clinton.

In his second bid for the presidency, Ross Perot led the newly reformed Reform Party to gain over nine percent of the votes in South Dakota, and to pull in support nationally as the most popular third-party candidate to run for United States Presidency in recent times.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Beadle County, Bon Homme County, Brule County, Charles Mix County, Deuel County, Grant County, Jerauld County, Kingsbury County, Sanborn County, and Union County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.[2]

Results[edit]

1996 United States presidential election in South Dakota
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Bob Dole 150,543 46.49% 3
Democratic Bill Clinton 139,333 43.03% 0
Independent Ross Perot 31,250 9.65% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 1,472 0.45% 0
Independent Howard Phillips 912 0.28% 0
Independent Dr. John Hagelin 316 0.10% 0
Totals 323,826 100.00% 3
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered)

Results by county[edit]

County[3] Robert Joseph Dole
Republican
William Jefferson Clinton
Democratic
Henry Ross Perot
Independent
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # % # %
Aurora 709 47.05% 664 44.06% 119 7.90% 15 1.00% 45 2.99% 1,507
Beadle 3,670 42.77% 3,984 46.43% 842 9.81% 85 0.99% -314 -3.66% 8,581
Bennett 539 47.07% 507 44.28% 93 8.12% 6 0.52% 32 2.79% 1,145
Bon Homme 1,428 41.56% 1,569 45.66% 391 11.38% 48 1.40% -141 -4.10% 3,436
Brookings 5,112 45.35% 5,105 45.29% 979 8.69% 76 0.67% 7 0.06% 11,272
Brown 6,801 41.35% 7,913 48.11% 1,622 9.86% 111 0.67% -1,112 -6.76% 16,447
Brule 981 40.81% 1,091 45.38% 281 11.69% 51 2.12% -110 -4.58% 2,404
Buffalo 134 20.94% 465 72.66% 35 5.47% 6 0.94% -331 -51.72% 640
Butte 1,947 53.24% 1,132 30.95% 541 14.79% 37 1.01% 815 22.29% 3,657
Campbell 623 64.23% 202 20.82% 140 14.43% 5 0.52% 421 43.40% 970
Charles Mix 1,711 42.40% 1,913 47.41% 390 9.67% 21 0.52% -202 -5.01% 4,035
Clark 998 44.51% 956 42.64% 272 12.13% 16 0.71% 42 1.87% 2,242
Clay 2,008 36.04% 2,980 53.48% 505 9.06% 79 1.42% -972 -17.44% 5,572
Codington 4,995 45.18% 4,722 42.71% 1,239 11.21% 99 0.90% 273 2.47% 11,055
Corson 533 41.00% 539 41.46% 216 16.62% 12 0.92% -6 -0.46% 1,300
Custer 1,740 51.83% 1,122 33.42% 418 12.45% 77 2.29% 618 18.41% 3,357
Davison 3,371 44.78% 3,364 44.69% 737 9.79% 56 0.74% 7 0.09% 7,528
Day 1,282 36.29% 1,840 52.08% 395 11.18% 16 0.45% -558 -15.79% 3,533
Deuel 955 40.66% 1,090 46.40% 275 11.71% 29 1.23% -135 -5.75% 2,349
Dewey 657 33.20% 1,114 56.29% 195 9.85% 13 0.66% -457 -23.09% 1,979
Douglas 1,210 63.38% 524 27.45% 161 8.43% 14 0.73% 686 35.94% 1,909
Edmunds 1,055 45.67% 973 42.12% 263 11.39% 19 0.82% 82 3.55% 2,310
Fall River 1,636 47.31% 1,357 39.24% 417 12.06% 48 1.39% 279 8.07% 3,458
Faulk 726 52.27% 493 35.49% 165 11.88% 5 0.36% 233 16.77% 1,389
Grant 1,782 43.64% 1,805 44.21% 471 11.54% 25 0.61% -23 -0.56% 4,083
Gregory 1,208 49.65% 923 37.94% 286 11.76% 16 0.66% 285 11.71% 2,433
Haakon 887 68.81% 284 22.03% 110 8.53% 8 0.62% 603 46.78% 1,289
Hamlin 1,352 49.02% 1,101 39.92% 285 10.33% 20 0.73% 251 9.10% 2,758
Hand 1,187 52.34% 803 35.41% 250 11.02% 28 1.23% 384 16.93% 2,268
Hanson 801 52.22% 541 35.27% 170 11.08% 22 1.43% 260 16.95% 1,534
Harding 537 68.41% 151 19.24% 90 11.46% 7 0.89% 386 49.17% 785
Hughes 4,469 56.80% 2,788 35.43% 531 6.75% 80 1.02% 1,681 21.37% 7,868
Hutchinson 2,177 55.66% 1,285 32.86% 409 10.46% 40 1.02% 892 22.81% 3,911
Hyde 493 54.54% 309 34.18% 95 10.51% 7 0.77% 184 20.35% 904
Jackson 646 55.26% 423 36.18% 88 7.53% 12 1.03% 223 19.08% 1,169
Jerauld 530 38.86% 656 48.09% 151 11.07% 27 1.98% -126 -9.24% 1,364
Jones 463 63.51% 184 25.24% 75 10.29% 7 0.96% 279 38.27% 729
Kingsbury 1,297 43.22% 1,357 45.22% 320 10.66% 27 0.90% -60 -2.00% 3,001
Lake 1,966 38.48% 2,526 49.44% 593 11.61% 24 0.47% -560 -10.96% 5,109
Lawrence 4,430 46.92% 3,568 37.79% 1,308 13.85% 136 1.44% 862 9.13% 9,442
Lincoln 4,201 48.92% 3,643 42.42% 682 7.94% 61 0.71% 558 6.50% 8,587
Lyman 726 47.67% 646 42.42% 130 8.54% 21 1.38% 80 5.25% 1,523
Marshall 861 38.33% 1,185 52.76% 189 8.41% 11 0.49% -324 -14.43% 2,246
McCook 1,292 47.45% 1,166 42.82% 245 9.00% 20 0.73% 126 4.63% 2,723
McPherson 1,080 62.25% 463 26.69% 182 10.49% 10 0.58% 617 35.56% 1,735
Meade 4,984 54.32% 2,960 32.26% 1,133 12.35% 99 1.08% 2,024 22.06% 9,176
Mellette 417 52.26% 302 37.84% 67 8.40% 12 1.50% 115 14.41% 798
Miner 571 38.35% 739 49.63% 170 11.42% 9 0.60% -168 -11.28% 1,489
Minnehaha 27,432 44.24% 29,790 48.05% 4,425 7.14% 357 0.58% -2,358 -3.80% 62,004
Moody 1,024 37.01% 1,443 52.15% 284 10.26% 16 0.58% -419 -15.14% 2,767
Pennington 19,293 54.32% 12,784 36.00% 3,149 8.87% 290 0.82% 6,509 18.33% 35,516
Perkins 983 58.10% 460 27.19% 225 13.30% 24 1.42% 523 30.91% 1,692
Potter 979 57.52% 534 31.37% 181 10.63% 8 0.47% 445 26.15% 1,702
Roberts 1,646 37.99% 2,186 50.45% 474 10.94% 27 0.62% -540 -12.46% 4,333
Sanborn 630 43.81% 647 44.99% 151 10.50% 10 0.70% -17 -1.18% 1,438
Shannon 253 11.08% 1,926 84.33% 87 3.81% 18 0.79% -1,673 -73.25% 2,284
Spink 1,651 45.00% 1,636 44.59% 360 9.81% 22 0.60% 15 0.41% 3,669
Stanley 795 57.53% 454 32.85% 121 8.76% 12 0.87% 341 24.67% 1,382
Sully 592 57.76% 321 31.32% 106 10.34% 6 0.59% 271 26.44% 1,025
Todd 482 24.21% 1,380 69.31% 108 5.42% 21 1.05% -898 -45.10% 1,991
Tripp 1,680 53.64% 1,088 34.74% 337 10.76% 27 0.86% 592 18.90% 3,132
Turner 1,970 48.63% 1,682 41.52% 385 9.50% 14 0.35% 288 7.11% 4,051
Union 2,234 42.90% 2,378 45.67% 555 10.66% 40 0.77% -144 -2.77% 5,207
Walworth 1,461 52.38% 939 33.67% 366 13.12% 23 0.82% 522 18.72% 2,789
Yankton 3,885 44.02% 3,775 42.77% 1,073 12.16% 93 1.05% 110 1.25% 8,826
Ziebach 375 40.32% 483 51.94% 62 6.67% 10 1.08% -108 -11.61% 930
Totals 150,543 46.49% 139,333 43.03% 31,250 9.65% 2,700 0.83% 11,210 3.46% 323,826

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996 Presidential General Election Results – South Dakota". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  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. ^ Our Campaigns; SD US Presidential Election Race, November 05, 1996