|Presidential Candidate||Electoral Vote||Popular Vote||Pct||Party||Running Mate
|Bill Clinton (W)||379||47,402,357||49.24||Democratic||Albert Gore, Jr. (379)|
|Bob Dole||159||39,198,755||40.71||Republican||Jack Kemp (159)||Ross Perot||0||8,085,402||8.40||Reform||Pat Choate[?] (0)|
|Ralph Nader||0||685,128||0.71||Green Party||Winona LaDuke (0)|
|Harry Browne||0||485,798||0.50||Libertarian Party||Jo Jorgensen[?] (0)|
|Howard Phillips[?]||0||184,820||0.19||Taxpayers Party[?]||Albion Knight[?] (0)|
|John Hagelin||0||113,670||0.12||Natural Law Party||Mike Thompkins[?] (0)|
|Other elections: 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008[?]|
|Sources: U.S. Office of the Federal Register (electoral vote) (http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/electoral_college/scores#1996), Federal Election Commission (popular vote) (http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/summ.htm)|
In 1995, the United States Republican Party was riding high on the gains made in the 1994 congressional elections. In those elections, the Republicans, led by Newt Gingrich, captured the majority of seats in both the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years.
A number of Republican candidates entered the field to challenge the seemingly weak incumbant Bill Clinton. The list included:
The fragmented field of candidates debated issues such as a flat tax and other tax cut proposals, and a return to supply-side economic policies popularized by Ronald Reagan. More attention was drawn to the race by the budget stalemate in 1995 between the Congress and the President, which caused temporary shutdowns and slowdowns in many areas of federal government service.
Going into the 1996 primary contest, Bob Dole was seen as the most likely winner. However, in the primaries and caucuses, Pat Buchanan received early victories in Louisiana and New Hampshire which put Dole's leadership in doubt. However, Dole won a string of victories, starting in South Carolina, which cemented his lead over his rivals, and resulted in his eventual nomination. The G.O.P. nominated Bob Dole on August 15, 1996 as the Republican candidate for the fall election.
During the runup to the general election, Bill Clinton maintained comfortable margins over Bob Dole and Ross Perot. The televised debates featured only Dole and Clinton, locking out Perot and Nader from the discussion. Perot would eventually take his case to court, seeking damages from not being in the debate, as well as citing unfair coverage from the major media outlets.
In the 1996 election for the President of the United States, Bill Clinton was re-elected president; percent of popular vote - William Jefferson CLINTON (Democratic Party) 49.2%, Robert DOLE (Republican Party) 40.7%, Ross Perot (Reform Party) 8.4%, other 1.7%