1976 United States presidential election in Minnesota

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United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1976

← 1972 November 2, 1976 1980 →
Turnout73.01%[1] Increase
  Carter cropped.jpg Gerald Ford, official Presidential photo.jpg
Nominee Jimmy Carter Gerald Ford
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Georgia Michigan
Running mate Walter Mondale Bob Dole
Electoral vote 10 0
Popular vote 1,070,440 819,395
Percentage 54.9% 42.0%

County Results

President before election

Gerald Ford

Elected President

Jimmy Carter

The 1976 United States presidential election in Minnesota took place on November 2, 1976, in Minnesota as part of the 1976 United States presidential election.

The Democratic Party candidate, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, won the state over incumbent President Gerald Ford by a landslide margin of 251,045 votes, or approximately 12.88%. Carter went on to win the election nationally, as the country's confidence in the Republican Party had been deeply shaken following the Watergate scandal and the subsequent resignation of Richard Nixon.

Prior to the election, Minnesota was considered as leaning-Carter. The Republican Party of Minnesota had been terribly weakened by the Watergate scandal. That weakened position was further eroded when Jimmy Carter chose Minnesota senator Walter Mondale as his vice-presidential running mate, securing the state for Carter. Mondale later went on to become the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1984, in which he only won one state, Minnesota. [2]

The effect of Watergate on the political landscape in Minnesota can be clearly seen in the results of this election, as well as the landslide DFL victory in the 1974 gubernatorial election. Previously a state which, having cast its electoral votes for the Republican nominee in 20 of the 29 presidential elections from 1860 to 1972, favored Republicans.

As of the 2016 presidential election, Minnesota has not cast a single electoral vote in favor of a Republican since 1972, and no other state has come close to this Democratic-voting streak. [3] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Roseau County, Wilkin County, Douglas County, Wadena County, and Pipestone County voted for the Democratic candidate.


United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1976[4]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Jimmy Carter 1,070,440 54.90% 10
Republican Gerald Ford (incumbent) 819,395 42.02% 0
Independent Eugene McCarthy 35,490 1.82% 0
American Thomas J. Anderson 13,592 0.70% 0
Socialist Workers Peter Camejo 4,149 0.21% 0
Libertarian Roger MacBride 3,529 0.18% 0
Communist Gus Hall 1,092 0.06% 0
People's Margaret Wright 635 0.03% 0
U.S. Labor Lyndon LaRouche 543 0.03% 0
Socialist Labor Julius Levin 370 0.02% 0
Socialist Frank Zeidler 354 0.02% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 342 0.02% 0
Invalid or blank votes
Totals 1,978,590 100.00% 10
Voter turnout 77%


  1. ^ "Office of the State Of Minnesota Secretary of State". www.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  2. ^ https://www.270towin.com/1984_Election/
  3. ^ https://www.270towin.com/states/Minnesota
  4. ^ "1976 Presidential Election Results, 1976". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2014-01-23.