1992 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

1992 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

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Nominee Bill Clinton George H.W. Bush Ross Perot
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Home state Arkansas Texas Texas
Running mate Al Gore Dan Quayle James Stockdale
Electoral vote 12 0 0
Popular vote 1,318,662 805,049 632,312
Percentage 47.54% 29.03% 22.80%

Massachusetts Election Results by County, 1992.svg
County Results



President before election

George H. W. Bush

Elected President

Bill Clinton

The 1992 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 3, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. Voters chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts was won by Democratic Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas with 47.54% of the popular vote over incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush of Texas with 29.03%. Independent businessman Ross Perot of Texas finished in third, with 22.80% of the popular vote.[1] Clinton thus defeated Bush in the state with a margin of 18.52%.[2]

Massachusetts weighed in as a solid 13% more Democratic than the national average in 1992.

Bush failed to carry a single county in the state, and his 29.03% of the vote was the smallest vote share a Republican presidential candidate had received in Massachusetts since 1964.

Clinton's decisive win in Massachusetts solidified the state's status in the modern era as a solid blue state. Massachusetts had been a Democratic-leaning state since 1928, and a Democratic stronghold since 1960. In 1972, Massachusetts was the only state in the nation to vote for Democrat George McGovern over Republican Richard Nixon in his 49-state landslide. However the state had trended Republican in the 1980s, with Ronald Reagan narrowly winning the state and George H.W. Bush taking a solid 45% and winning 3 counties in 1988. In 1992, Clinton not only carried the state by a double-digit margin, leaving Bush with less than 30% of the vote, but Clinton also swept every county in the state, as secular liberal New England rejected an increasingly Southern and conservative Republican Party dominated by Evangelical Christians. Since then, every Democratic presidential candidate that followed has carried the state by double-digit margins and won all 14 counties in Massachusetts.


1992 United States presidential election in Massachusetts[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Bill Clinton 1,318,662 47.54% 12
Republican George H.W. Bush (incumbent) 805,049 29.03% 0
Independent Ross Perot 632,312 22.80% 0
Libertarian Andre Marrou 7,458 0.27% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 3,172 0.11% 0
Independent Voters (a) Howard Phillips 2,217 0.08% 0
Independent Others (Write-In) 1,870 0.07% 0
Natural Law Dr. John Hagelin 1,812 0.07% 0
Democrats for
Economic Recovery
Lyndon LaRouche 1,007 0.04% 0
Socialist J. Quinn Brisben (Write-In) 13 <0.01% 0
Prohibition Earl Dodge (Write-In) 2 <0.01% 0
Totals 2,773,574 100.0% 12

(a) Howard Phillips was the candidate of the U.S. Taxpayers' Party nationally.

Results by Congressional district[edit]

Clinton won all 11 Congressional districts.

District Bush Clinton Perot Representative
1st 27% 48% 25% John Olver
2nd 29% 46% 25% Richard Neal
3rd 31% 45% 23% Joseph D. Early
Peter I. Blute
4th 26% 51% 22% Barney Frank
5th 32% 42% 26% Chester G. Atkins
Marty Meehan
6th 31% 44% 25% Nicholas Mavroules
Peter G. Torkildsen
7th 29% 50% 21% Ed Markey
8th 19% 67% 13% Joseph P. Kennedy II
9th 31% 48% 21% Joe Moakley
10th 32% 42% 25% Gerry Studds

Results by municipality[edit]

Results by town. Blue indicates towns carried by Bill Clinton, red indicates towns carried by George H.W. Bush, green indicates towns carried by Ross Perot.


  1. ^ a b "1992 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  2. ^ "1992 Presidential General Election Results". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 8 June 2012.