1976 United States presidential election in Georgia

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1976 United States presidential election in Georgia
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  1972 November 2, 1976 (1976-11-02) 1980  
  Jimmy Carter (cropped).jpg Gerald Ford, official Presidential photo.jpg
Nominee Jimmy Carter Gerald Ford
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Georgia Michigan
Running mate Walter Mondale Bob Dole
Electoral vote120
Popular vote979,409483,743
Percentage66.74%32.96%

Georgia Presidential Election Results 1976.svg
County Results
Carter
  50-60%
  60-70%
  70-80%
  80-90%

The 1976 United States presidential election in Georgia was held on November 2, 1976. The Democratic candidate, former Governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter, overwhelmingly won his home state with 66.74% of the vote ahead of the Republican Party candidate, incumbent President Gerald Ford, giving him the state’s 12 electoral votes. Carter carried all of Georgia’s 159 counties and 10 congressional districts by wide margins. [1]

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This is the only presidential election in Georgia history where the Democratic candidate carried all of Georgia’s counties, despite the state's long Democratic streak, as Republicans never carried the state until 1964, compared to this beginning of just a 2-election streak. [2] This represented a complete flip from four years earlier when President Richard Nixon also carried every county in Georgia. Carter’s percentage total in the popular vote, however, was less than that of previous Democratic victors in the state like Woodrow Wilson, James M. Cox, John W. Davis, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nevertheless, none of these candidates carried every county in the state, as Carter remains the solitary Democrat to carry historically pro-Union, East Tennessee-oriented [3] Fannin County since 1912, and indeed the only Democrat to obtain a majority of the vote there since William Jennings Bryan in 1900. [4] The following counties have also never voted for a Democrat since: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Fayette, Columbia, Lee and Lowndes. [5] The two suburban Atlanta counties of Cobb and Gwinnett would not vote for a Democrat again until Hillary Clinton won them in 2016.

Results

United States presidential election in Georgia, 1976
PartyCandidateVotesPercentageElectoral votes
Democrat James Carter 979,40966.74%12
Republican Gerald Ford (incumbent)483,74332.96%0
Write-in Thomas J. Anderson 1,1680.08%0
Write-in Lester Maddox 1,0710.07%0
Write-in Eugene McCarthy 9910.07%0
Write-inWrite-ins (scattered)8470.06%0
Write-in Roger MacBride 1750.01%0
Write-in Peter Camejo 430.00%0
Write-in Gus Hall 30.00%0
Write-in Ernest Miller 30.00%0
Write-in Julius Levin 20.00%0
Write-in Frank Zeidler 20.00%0
Write-in Lyndon LaRouche 10.00%0
Totals1,467,458100.00%12
Voter turnout42%

Results by county

County James Earl Carter
Democratic
Gerald Rudolph Ford
Republican
MarginTotal votes cast [lower-alpha 1]
# %# %# %
Appling 3,58578.86%96121.14%2,62457.72%4,546
Atkinson 1,56081.80%34718.20%1,21363.60%1,907
Bacon 2,39580.13%59419.87%1,80160.26%2,989
Baker 1,16279.21%30520.79%85758.42%1,467
Baldwin 4,67456.41%3,61243.59%1,06212.82%8,286
Banks 2,38787.85%33012.15%2,05773.70%2,717
Barrow 4,75677.71%1,36422.29%3,39255.42%6,120
Bartow 8,16681.32%1,87618.68%6,29062.64%10,042
Ben Hill 2,44975.05%81424.95%1,63550.10%3,263
Berrien 3,39485.95%55514.05%2,83971.90%3,949
Bibb 31,90271.34%12,81928.66%19,08342.68%44,721
Bleckley 2,60572.83%97227.17%1,63345.66%3,577
Brantley 2,29486.50%35813.50%1,93673.00%2,652
Brooks 2,65370.65%1,10229.35%1,55141.30%3,755
Bryan 2,04572.88%76127.12%1,28445.76%2,806
Bulloch 5,19962.23%3,15637.77%2,04324.46%8,355
Burke 3,01465.82%1,56534.18%1,44931.64%4,579
Butts 2,89877.97%81922.03%2,07955.94%3,717
Calhoun 1,39476.17%43623.83%95852.34%1,830
Camden 2,96274.85%99525.15%1,96749.70%3,957
Candler 1,38868.24%64631.76%74236.48%2,034
Carroll 10,05073.41%3,64026.59%6,41046.82%13,690
Catoosa 6,02061.31%3,79938.69%2,22122.62%9,819
Charlton 1,75079.47%45220.53%1,29858.94%2,202
Chatham 32,07557.04%24,16042.96%7,91514.08%56,235
Chattahoochee 50673.98%17826.02%32847.96%684
Chattooga 4,68681.17%1,08718.83%3,59962.34%5,773
Cherokee 6,53971.48%2,60928.52%3,93042.96%9,148
Clarke 11,34263.18%6,61036.82%4,73226.36%17,952
Clay 94776.25%29523.75%65252.50%1,242
Clayton 21,43262.42%12,90537.58%8,52724.84%34,337
Clinch 1,41478.69%38321.31%1,03157.38%1,797
Cobb 45,00256.73%34,32443.27%10,67812.46%79,326
Coffee 4,60176.45%1,41723.55%3,18452.90%6,018
Colquitt 6,92876.06%2,18123.94%4,74752.12%9,109
Columbia 4,67457.73%3,42342.27%1,25115.46%8,097
Cook 2,88281.14%67018.86%2,21262.28%3,552
Coweta 6,19567.05%3,04432.95%3,15134.10%9,239
Crawford 1,84282.97%37817.03%1,46465.94%2,220
Crisp 3,74773.83%1,32826.17%2,41947.66%5,075
Dade 2,26361.98%1,38838.02%87523.96%3,651
Dawson 1,38478.91%37021.09%1,01457.82%1,754
Decatur 3,73659.91%2,50040.09%1,23619.82%6,236
DeKalb 86,87256.40%67,16043.60%19,71212.80%154,032
Dodge 5,26786.13%84813.87%4,41972.26%6,115
Dooly 2,44178.84%65521.16%1,78657.68%3,096
Dougherty 11,46155.11%9,33744.89%2,12410.22%20,798
Douglas 7,80566.35%3,95933.65%3,84632.70%11,764
Early 2,40567.52%1,15732.48%1,24835.04%3,562
Echols 58584.05%11115.95%47468.10%696
Effingham 2,90663.73%1,65436.27%1,25227.46%4,560
Elbert 4,73083.11%96116.89%3,76966.22%5,691
Emanuel 4,60375.51%1,49324.49%3,11051.02%6,096
Evans 1,63168.62%74631.38%88537.24%2,377
Fannin 3,40256.25%2,64643.75%75612.50%6,048
Fayette 3,71856.72%2,83743.28%88113.44%6,555
Floyd 15,15166.27%7,71333.73%7,43832.54%22,864
Forsyth 4,69376.48%1,44323.52%3,25052.96%6,136
Franklin 4,19285.92%68714.08%3,50571.84%4,879
Fulton 129,84967.84%61,55232.16%68,29735.68%191,401
Gilmer 2,49966.46%1,26133.54%1,23832.92%3,760
Glascock 70465.49%37134.51%33330.98%1,075
Glynn 9,45963.65%5,40336.35%4,05627.30%14,862
Gordon 6,05278.09%1,69821.91%4,35456.18%7,750
Grady 3,75875.66%1,20924.34%2,54951.32%4,967
Greene 2,53479.54%65220.46%1,88259.08%3,186
Gwinnett 20,83859.97%13,91240.03%6,92619.94%34,750
Habersham 5,12079.56%1,31520.44%3,80559.12%6,435
Hall 12,80471.54%5,09328.46%7,71143.08%17,897
Hancock 2,11776.48%65123.52%1,46652.96%2,768
Haralson 4,55077.76%1,30122.24%3,24955.52%5,851
Harris 2,86164.95%1,54435.05%1,31729.90%4,405
Hart 4,60584.26%86015.74%3,74568.52%5,465
Heard 1,59378.63%43321.37%1,16057.26%2,026
Henry 5,71768.56%2,62231.44%3,09537.12%8,339
Houston 13,16470.90%5,40429.10%7,76041.80%18,568
Irwin 2,01278.20%56121.80%1,46156.40%2,573
Jackson 5,93182.72%1,23917.28%4,69265.44%7,170
Jasper 1,85272.88%68927.12%1,16345.76%2,541
Jeff Davis 2,40579.45%62220.55%1,78358.90%3,027
Jefferson 3,11570.41%1,30929.59%1,80640.82%4,424
Jenkins 1,82076.37%56323.63%1,25752.74%2,383
Johnson 2,21076.00%69824.00%1,51252.00%2,908
Jones 3,47172.49%1,31727.51%2,15444.98%4,788
Lamar 2,78576.68%84723.32%1,93853.36%3,632
Lanier 1,26985.98%20714.02%1,06271.96%1,476
Laurens 8,61772.42%3,28127.58%5,33644.84%11,898
Lee 1,72760.87%1,11039.13%61721.74%2,837
Liberty 3,32877.27%97922.73%2,34954.54%4,307
Lincoln 1,58373.32%57626.68%1,00746.64%2,159
Long 1,24384.85%22215.15%1,02169.70%1,465
Lowndes 8,83066.18%4,51233.82%4,31832.36%13,342
Lumpkin 2,30180.79%54719.21%1,75461.58%2,848
McDuffie 3,02464.09%1,69435.91%1,33028.18%4,718
McIntosh 1,97878.71%53521.29%1,44357.42%2,513
Macon 3,01382.53%63817.47%2,62565.06%3,651
Madison 3,36775.12%1,11524.88%2,25250.24%4,482
Marion 1,31481.87%29118.13%1,20363.74%1,605
Meriwether 4,83076.91%1,45023.09%3,38053.82%6,280
Miller 1,53676.34%47623.66%1,06052.68%2,012
Mitchell 4,49574.09%1,57225.91%2,92348.18%6,067
Monroe 2,96273.32%1,07826.68%1,88446.64%4,040
Montgomery 1,61072.00%62628.00%98442.00%2,236
Morgan 2,27471.55%90428.45%1,37042.90%3,178
Murray 3,51179.80%88920.20%2,62259.60%4,400
Muscogee 24,09264.09%13,49635.91%10,59628.18%37,588
Newton 6,29474.65%2,13725.35%4,15749.30%8,431
Oconee 2,22865.30%1,18434.70%1,04430.60%3,412
Oglethorpe 1,85469.57%81130.43%1,04039.14%2,665
Paulding 5,42079.10%1,43220.90%3,98858.20%6,852
Peach 3,98977.43%1,16322.57%2,82654.86%5,152
Pickens 2,57172.55%97327.45%1,59845.10%3,544
Pierce 2,62882.85%54417.15%2,08465.70%3,172
Pike 1,90371.03%77628.97%1,12742.06%2,679
Polk 6,11575.88%1,94424.12%4,17151.76%8,059
Pulaski 2,31882.70%48517.30%1,83365.40%2,803
Putnam 2,04070.96%83529.04%1,20541.92%2,875
Quitman 67768.38%31331.62%36436.76%990
Rabun 2,39880.23%59119.77%1,80760.46%2,989
Randolph 2,18674.53%74725.47%1,43949.06%2,933
Richmond 24,04257.33%17,89342.67%6,14914.66%41,935
Rockdale 4,64060.94%2,97439.06%1,66621.88%7,614
Schley 78374.50%26825.50%51549.00%1,051
Screven 2,16864.83%1,17635.17%99229.66%3,344
Seminole 2,07475.28%68124.72%1,39350.56%2,755
Spalding