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1976 Presidential Election


Jimmy Carter vs Gerald Ford (November 2nd, 1976)


Jimmy Carter of Georgia edged out his Republican challenger, Gerald Ford, to claim the top seat in the land for the Democrats.
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Jimmy Carter (GA)
Democrat

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: Walter Mondale
Carried Home State (Georgia): Yes
Incumbent Status: No
297
Electoral Votes (270 needed to win)
23 of 50 states carried (46%)


40,831,881
Popular Vote (51.1%)
240
Electoral Votes (270 needed to win)
27 of 50 states carried (54%)


39,148,634
Popular Vote (48.9%)
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Gerald Ford (MI)
Republican

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: Bob Dole
Carried Home State (Michigan): No
Incumbent Status: Yes


STATE EC VOTES (538 TOTAL):
* Maine and Nebraska are the only two states that do not follow the 'winner-take-all' rule regarding their Electoral Votes per candidate. This allows for a more proportional division of the claimed Electoral Votes. States with a historically high number of Electoral Votes are shown in YELLOW below. Any third party candidate wins (if applicable) are represented in ORANGE.
297
240
Alabama (9)
Alaska (3)
Arizona (6)
Arkansas (6)
California (45)
Colorado (7)
Connecticut (8)
Delaware (3)
Florida (17)
Georgia (12)
Hawaii (4)
Idaho (4)
Illinois (26)
Indiana (13)
Iowa (8)
Kansas (7)
Kentucky (9)
Louisiana (10)
Maine (0)*
Maine (4)*
Maryland (10)
Massachusetts (14)
Michigan (21)
Minnesota (10)
Mississippi (7)
Missouri (12)
Montana (4)
Nebraska (5)*
Nebraska (0)*
Nevada (3)
New Hampshire (4)
New Jersey (17)
New Mexico (4)
New York (41)
North Carolina (13)
North Dakota (3)
Ohio (25)
Oklahoma (8)
Oregon (6)
Pennsylvania (27)
Rhode Island (4)
South Carolina (8)
South Dakota (4)
Tennessee (10)
Texas (26)
Utah (4)
Vermont (3)
Virginia (12)
Washington (8)
West Virginia (6)
Wisconsin (11)
Wyoming (3)
Dictrict of Colombia (3)


NOTES:
Incumbent Gerald Ford did not even claim his home state of Michigan in the 1976 election, resulting in a victory for Jimmy Carter. Carter edged Ford in popular votes but this resulted in 297 Electoral College votes to Ford's 240.


TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES AVAILABLE by REGION:
NORTHEAST - 122 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)
MIDWEST - 145 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
WEST - 101 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
SOUTH - 166 (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia)
SPECIAL - 3 (District of Colombia)