1976 United States presidential election
The 1976 United States presidential election happened on November 2, 1976. Jimmy Carter, the Democratic candidate and former Governor of Georgia, won the election. He defeated the incumbent president, Gerald Ford, who was a Republican.
538 members of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
|Turnout||53.5% 1.7 pp|
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Jimmy Carter won the election by 297 electoral votes, compared to incumbent president Gerald Ford, who received 240 electoral votes. A faithless elector from Washington voted for Ronald Reagan, who would win the 1980 election.
This election followed the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974 due to the Watergate scandal. It is the last election to have a Democratic candidate to receive a preferable vote in American South. The American South is typically known to be Republican, however Florida is considered a swing state.
This is the last election where one of the two major candidates is still alive. Jimmy Carter is currently 97 years old, and has been the oldest living former president since George H.W. Bush's death in 2018.
- Jimmy Carter, former governor of Georgia
- Jerry Brown, governor of California
- George Wallace, governor of Alabama
- Morris Udall, U.S. representative from Arizona
- Henry M. Jackson, U.S. senator from Washington
- Frank Church, U.S. senator from Idaho
- Robert Byrd, U.S. senator from West Virginia
- Sargent Shriver, former U.S. ambassador to France, from Maryland
- Fred R. Harris, former U.S. senator from Oklahoma
- Birch Bayh, U.S. senator from Indiana
- Lloyd Bentsen, U.S. senator from Texas
- Terry Sanford, former governor of North Carolina
- Milton Shapp, governor of Pennsylvania
- Walter Fauntroy, U.S. representative from Washington, D.C.
- Ellen McCormack, housewife
- Gerald Ford, President of the United States from Michigan
- Ronald Reagan, former governor of California
- "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- A faithless Republican elector voted for Reagan for president. The same elector voted for Dole for vice president as pledged.