1992 Presidential Election
1992 Election Results
| ||Candidate|| ||Party|| ||Electoral Votes|| ||Popular Votes|
| || William J. Clinton|| ||Democratic|| ||370|| ||44,908,254|
| || George Bush (I)|| ||Republican|| ||168|| ||39,102,343|
The United States presidential election of 1992 had three major candidates: Incumbent Republican President George H. W. Bush; Democrat Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, and independent Texas businessman Ross Perot.
Bush had alienated much of his conservative base by breaking his 1988 campaign pledge against raising taxes, the economy was in a recession, and Bush's perceived greatest strength, foreign policy, was regarded as much less important following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the relatively peaceful climate in the Middle East after the defeat of Iraq in the Gulf War.
Clinton won a plurality in the popular vote, and a wide Electoral College margin.1
1992 Election Facts
- California electoral votes now >10% of total; greatest concentration since New York in 1868
- Independent candidate H. Ross Perot received 19,741,065 votes, most ever for a 3rd party candidate, but no Electoral Votes
- Issues of the Day: Persian Gulf War, Fall of Berlin Wall and Breakup of Soviet Union, Recession