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1996 Democratic Party presidential primaries

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1996 Democratic Party presidential primaries

← 1992 January 29 to June 4, 1996 2000 →
 
Bill Clinton.jpg
Candidate Bill Clinton Uncommitted
Home state Arkansas
Contests won 34 1
Popular vote 9,706,802 411,270
Percentage 89.0% 3.77%

 
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Lyndon LaRouche (cropped).jpg
Candidate Roland Riemers Lyndon LaRouche
Home state North Dakota Virginia
Contests won 1 0
Popular vote 651 596,422
Percentage 0.006% 5.5%

United States Democratic presidential primary, 1996.svg


Previous Democratic nominee

Bill Clinton

Democratic nominee

Bill Clinton

The 1996 Democratic presidential primaries were the selection process by which voters of the Democratic Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 1996 U.S. presidential election. Incumbent President Bill Clinton was again selected as the nominee through a series of primary elections and caucuses culminating in the 1996 Democratic National Convention held from August 26 to August 29, 1996, in Chicago, Illinois.

Primary race overview

With the advantage of incumbency, Bill Clinton's path to renomination by the Democratic Party was uneventful. At the 1996 Democratic National Convention, Clinton - along with incumbent Vice President Al Gore - was renominated following a primary race in which he faced only token opposition. Perennial candidate Lyndon LaRouche qualified for one delegate from Virginia and one delegate from Louisiana, but the state parties refused to award him delegates and the First District Court of Appeals upheld their decision.[1] Former Pennsylvania governor Bob Casey contemplated a challenge to Clinton, but health problems forced Casey to abandon a bid.[2][3] That left Jimmy Griffin, the former mayor of Buffalo, New York, as the highest-ranking challenger still in the race. After finishing in eighth place, behind even the perennial candidates, in the New Hampshire primaries, Griffin dropped out of the race. Clinton easily won primaries nationwide, with margins consistently higher than 80%.[4]

Roland Riemers scored a victory in North Dakota, a state where Clinton did not file to appear on the ballot.[5][6]

Backed by a loyal following, LaRouche managed to get on the ballot in most states and amassed over half a million votes nationwide in the primary. His highest percentage was 13.4% in West Virginia and received over a hundred thousand votes in California.

Another notable campaign besides LaRouche's to challenge the President was Chicago housewife Elvena Lloyd-Duffie, who was reported to have outraised the President at one point[7] and got as high as 11% of the vote in Oklahoma.[8] and 7% in Louisiana.

Candidates

Nominee

Candidate Most recent position Home state Campaign Popular

vote

Contests won Running mate
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton.jpg
President of the United States

(1993–2001)

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Arkansas
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(Campaign)

9,706,802

(89.0%)

34
Al Gore

Withdrew during primaries

Results

With a number of non-notable people running against Clinton and LaRouche in several states, The nationwide totals went as follows:[9]

Candidate Popular vote Contests won
Bill Clinton 9,706,802 (88.94%) 34
Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. 596,422 (5.47%)
Uncommitted 411,270 (3.77%) 1
Elvena E. Lloyd-Duffie 92,324 (0.85%)
Fred Hudson 32,232 (0.30%)
Heather Anne Harder 29,147 (0.27%)
Ted Gunderson 15,712 (0.14%)
Sal Casamassima 9,693 (0.08%)
Ralph Nader 6,786 (0.06%)
Pat Buchanan 3,362 (0.03%)
Lamar Alexander 1,888 (0.02%)
Pat Paulsen 1,317 (0.01%)
Steve Forbes 1,297 (0.01%)
Robert J. Dole 1,257 (0.01%)
Al Gore 679 (0.006%)
Carmen C. Chimento 656 (0.006%)
Roland Riemers 651 (0.006%) 1
Richard Lugar 410 (0.004%)
Vernon Clemenson 384 (0.004%)
Bruce C. Daniels 312 (0.003%)
James D. Griffin 307 (0.003%)
Alan L. Keyes† 281 (0.003%)
Colin Powell 280 (0.003%)
Steve Michael 94 (0.0008%)
Willie Felix Carter 85 (0.0008%)
Robert D. Rucker 81 (0.0007%)
David S. Pauling 74 (0.0007%)
Vincent S. Hamm 72 (0.0007%)
Frank Legas 63 (0.0006%)
Ronald Spangler 62 (0.0006%)
Michael E. Dass 57 (0.0005%)
Ben J. Tomeo 47 (0.0004%)
John Safran 42 (0.0004%)
Total 10,914,146 36

† Indicates a write-in candidate

See also

References

  1. ^ LaRouche v. Fowler. United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. 2008-08-28
  2. ^ "Anyone left? The search for a Clinton challenger in 1996". The Progressive. TheFreeLibrary.com. May 1, 1995. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  3. ^ Newton-Small, Jay (November 24, 2009). "Can a Pro-Life Dem Bridge the Health-Care Divide?". Time. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  4. ^ US President - D Primaries. OurCampaigns.
  5. ^ Winger, Richard. "Ballot Access News -- March 6, 1996". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  6. ^ FEC: 1996 Presidential Primary Results
  7. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/18/lqeither-a-woman-youve-never-heard-of-outraised-bill-clinton-in-1996-or-campaign-finance-reports-are-murky/
  8. ^ https://transition.fec.gov/pubrec/fe1996/presprim.htm
  9. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=55214&ShowAllCand=Y
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