United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 1976

United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 1976
New Hampshire
November 2, 1976

Nominee Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Michigan Georgia
Running mate Bob Dole Walter Mondale
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 185,935 147,635
Percentage 54.8% 43.5%

County Results

President before election

Gerald Ford

Elected President

Jimmy Carter

The 1976 United States presidential election in New Hampshire took place on November 2, 1976 as part of the 1976 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

New Hampshire was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Gerald Ford of Michigan and his running mate Senator Bob Dole of Kansas. Ford and Dole defeated the Democratic nominees, Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia and his running mate Senator Walter Mondale of Minnesota.

Ford took 54.75% of the vote to Carter's 43.47%, a margin of 11.28%.

Anti-war former Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota, running as an Independent presidential candidate, came in a distant third with 1.21%.

New Hampshire in this era normally leaned Republican, having not gone Democratic since the nationwide Democratic landslide of 1964.

The Northern moderate Republican Ford easily triumphed in New Hampshire over the Southern Democrat Jimmy Carter.

On the county map, Ford won 9 of New Hampshire's 10 counties, with only rural Coos County in the far north of the state giving a 51-49 majority to Carter. In a sign of the state's Republican trend that would occur in the 1970s and 1980s, even while narrowly losing the national race, Ford won 2 of the state's traditional New Deal Democratic counties, with a majority win in Hillsborough County and a plurality win Strafford County. Since 1932, both of these counties, along with Coos County, had gone Democratic in every close presidential election or Democratic victory, voting every time for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Hubert H. Humphrey.

Ford's decisive victory in New Hampshire, while narrowly losing the national race, would make the state over 13% more Republican than the national average in the 1976 election.


United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 1976[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Gerald Ford 185,935 54.75% 4
Democratic Jimmy Carter 147,635 43.47% 0
McCarthy '76 Eugene McCarthy 4,095 1.21% 0
Libertarian Roger MacBride 936 0.28% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 604 0.18% 0
U.S. Labor Lyndon LaRouche 186 0.05% 0
Socialist Workers Peter Camejo 161 0.05% 0
Socialist Labor Julius Levin 66 0.02% 0
Totals 339,618 100.00% 4
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 57%/71%


  1. "1976 Presidential General Election Results - New Hampshire". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-11-16.

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