The 53rd United States presidential election took place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996. The election was between Republican candidate Bob Dole, former Senator of Kansas, and Democratic candidate President Bill Clinton from Arkansas. Clinton ran for president with Vice President Al Gore from Tennessee as his running mate, while Bob Dole ran with former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp from New York.
Ross Perot ran for president in 1996 as the Reform Party candidate with Pat Choate as his running mate. However, limited media attention and a lack of participation in the presidential debates hurt his candidacy.
During this election, the recovering economy helped Clinton secure re-election by a considerable margin in both the Electoral College and the popular vote. In the popular vote, Clinton outpolled Dole by more than 8.2 million votes. In the Electoral College, the Republican ticket drew 159 votes, while the Democratic incumbent won with 379 votes. Clinton was the first Democrat since Harry Truman to win Arizona since 1948. This election witnessed the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win re-election. Clinton, at 50 years and 2 days, was the youngest president to win re-election in 1996. Despite Dole's loss to President Clinton, the election saw the Republican Party maintain its majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives.