1976 United States presidential election in South Carolina

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United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1976

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  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 8 0
Popular vote 450,825 346,140
Percentage 56.17% 43.13%

1976 Election in South Carolina.jpg

President before election

Gerald Ford
Republican

Elected President

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

The 1976 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 2, 1976. All fifty states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1976 United States presidential election. South Carolina voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina voted for the Democratic nominee, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, and his running mate Walter Mondale over the Republican nominee, President Gerald Ford and his running mate Senator Bob Dole. Carter won South Carolina by a margin of 13.04 percent above Ford.[1]

Ford managed to carry just three of South Carolina’s counties, while Nixon managed to carry all forty-six counties four years earlier. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time that the Democratic nominee carried South Carolina, the last time a Democrat won Horry County, Spartanburg County, Berkeley County, Beaufort County, Dorchester County, Florence County, Pickens County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County,[2] and the last time a Democrat swept every congressional district in the state.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1976[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Jimmy Carter 450,825 56.17% 8
Republican Gerald Ford 346,140 43.13% 0
American Thomas Anderson 2,997 0.37% 0
American Independent Party Lester Maddox 1,951 0.24% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 681 0.08% 0
Totals 802,594 99.99% 8
Voter turnout -

Results by county[edit]

County Carter# Carter% Ford# Ford% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Abbeville 4,700 72.06% 1,791 27.46% 31 0.48% 6,522
Aiken 14,927 47.88% 16,011 51.36% 235 0.75% 31,173
Allendale 2,634 71.02% 1,064 28.69% 11 0.30% 3,709
Anderson 19,002 66.32% 9,496 33.14% 156 0.54% 28,654
Bamberg 3,330 63.84% 1,849 35.45% 37 0.71% 5,216
Barnwell 4,083 61.38% 2,569 38.62% 0 0.00% 6,652
Beaufort 6,049 50.29% 5,935 49.34% 45 0.37% 12,029
Berkeley 9,741 58.05% 6,981 41.60% 59 0.35% 16,781
Calhoun 2,055 59.29% 1,382 39.87% 29 0.84% 3,466
Charleston 34,328 49.64% 34,010 49.18% 817 1.18% 69,155
Cherokee 7,765 66.19% 3,931 33.51% 36 0.31% 11,732
Chester 5,200 63.32% 2,982 36.31% 30 0.37% 8,212
Chesterfield 7,687 75.04% 2,537 24.77% 20 0.20% 10,244
Clarendon 5,489 64.13% 3,040 35.52% 30 0.35% 8,559
Colleton 5,134 60.24% 3,324 39.00% 64 0.75% 8,522
Darlington 10,165 60.16% 6,678 39.52% 54 0.32% 16,897
Dillon 5,089 66.62% 2,527 33.08% 23 0.30% 7,639
Dorchester 8,046 54.44% 6,695 45.30% 38 0.26% 14,779
Edgefield 3,216 62.60% 1,879 36.58% 42 0.82% 5,137
Fairfield 4,153 69.36% 1,817 30.34% 18 0.30% 5,988
Florence 16,294 54.49% 13,539 45.27% 71 0.24% 29,904
Georgetown 7,169 63.54% 4,058 35.97% 56 0.50% 11,283
Greenville 35,943 47.31% 39,099 51.46% 939 1.24% 75,981
Greenwood 9,976 62.39% 5,974 37.36% 41 0.26% 15,991
Hampton 3,923 68.56% 1,773 30.99% 26 0.45% 5,722
Horry 15,720 62.59% 9,339 37.18% 58 0.23% 25,117
Jasper 2,903 70.12% 1,221 29.49% 16 0.39% 4,140
Kershaw 6,211 50.08% 6,126 49.40% 65 0.52% 12,402
Lancaster 8,324 62.19% 4,997 37.33% 64 0.48% 13,385
Laurens 7,440 57.98% 5,300 41.31% 91 0.71% 12,831
Lee 3,869 61.86% 2,357 37.69% 28 0.45% 6,254
Lexington 14,339 39.75% 21,442 59.43% 296 0.82% 36,077
McCormick 1,774 73.09% 640 26.37% 13 0.54% 2,427
Marion 5,927 65.74% 3,076 34.12% 13 0.14% 9,016
Marlboro 5,409 73.32% 1,961 26.58% 7 0.09% 7,377
Newberry 5,034 50.26% 4,931 49.23% 51 0.51% 10,016
Oconee 8,447 68.61% 3,805 30.90% 60 0.49% 12,312
Orangeburg 13,652 60.40% 8,794 38.90% 158 0.70% 22,604
Pickens 8,505 51.07% 8,029 48.21% 121 0.73% 16,655
Richland 36,855 52.68% 32,727 46.78% 380 0.54% 69,962
Saluda 2,715 56.11% 2,085 43.09% 39 0.81% 4,839
Spartanburg 27,925 57.32% 20,456 41.99% 336 0.69% 48,717
Sumter 10,471 52.59% 9,332 46.87% 109 0.55% 19,912
Union 6,363 64.51% 3,463 35.11% 37 0.38% 9,863
Williamsburg 8,745 62.22% 5,275 37.53% 35 0.25% 14,055
York 14,099 58.73% 9,843 41.00% 63 0.26% 24,005
Totals 450,825 56.22% 346,140 43.16% 4,948 0.62% 801,913

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1976 Presidential General Election Results - South Carolina". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  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