The 1996 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 5, 1996, as part of the 1996 United States presidential election. Voters chose eight representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. This is the only presidential election in Arizona's history in which Maricopa county, containing more than half of Arizona's population as of 2016, voted for a losing candidate.
Clinton had come fairly close to winning Arizona in the 1992 election. In his re-election bid, he was able to gain a larger share of the vote in Democratic-trending Pima County as well as most of northern Arizona. He also increased his support in Maricopa County, although it was again carried by the Republican candidate. His statewide margin of victory was slightly over 31,000 votes out of about 1.4 million cast. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot (Reform-TX) finished in third, with 7.98% of the popular vote. Exit polls suggest he did not change the outcome. As of the 2016 presidential election[update], this is the last time that a Democrat won Arizona in a presidential election. Had Dole won the state, Arizona would have the longest streak of consecutive Republican wins, last voting Democratic in 1948. This was also the last election in which the following counties have voted for a Democratic presidential candidate: Gila, Greenlee, Navajo, Pinal and La Paz.