1996 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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United States presidential election in South Dakota, 1996

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Nominee Bob Dole Bill Clinton Ross Perot
Party Republican Democratic Reform
Home state Kansas Arkansas South Dakota
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%

County Results

President before election

Bill Clinton

Elected President

Bill Clinton

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. South Dakota voters chose 3 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% 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 10% of the electorate voting for third-party candidates. Most counties turned out in this election for Dole, with the notable exception of the highly populated centers of Brown County, and Sioux Falls's Minnehaha County, voted in majority for Clinton.

In his second bid for the presidency, Ross Perot led the newly reformed Reform Party to gain over 9% 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 the Democratic candidate.


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2013-07-21.