The 1976 United States presidential election in Texas was held on November 2, 1976.Texas was won by Jimmy Carter of Georgia with 51.14% of the vote, giving him 26 electoral votes. He also beat the incumbent President Gerald Ford in the general election. This was the last time that a Democrat won Texas.Carter's southern roots as a former governor of Georgia struck a cord with many voters in Texas, along with strong anti-Republican sentiment following Watergate.

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  • The 1976 United States presidential election in Texas was held on November 2, 1976.Texas was won by Jimmy Carter of Georgia with 51.14% of the vote, giving him 26 electoral votes. He also beat the incumbent President Gerald Ford in the general election. This was the last time that a Democrat won Texas.Carter's southern roots as a former governor of Georgia struck a cord with many voters in Texas, along with strong anti-Republican sentiment following Watergate. Carter carried 191 of the state's 254 counties, though this was by far the weakest performance from a Democratic presidential candidate in election history. Two factors can be explained. One was Carter's underwhelming performance in the more rural counties, and the second being President Ford's strong performances in Dallas and Harris counties, and some of their surrounding suburbs. The rise of the Republican Party in some of these areas would cumulate in Ronald Reagan's win in the state four years later. (en)
  • The 1976 United States presidential election in Texas was held on November 2, 1976.Texas was won by Jimmy Carter of Georgia with 51.14% of the vote, giving him 26 electoral votes. He also beat the incumbent President Gerald Ford in the general election. This was the last time that a Democrat won Texas.Carter’s southern roots as a former governor of Georgia struck a cord with many voters in Texas, along with strong anti-Republican sentiment following Watergate. Carter carried 191 of the state‘s 254 counties, including seventy-four which have never voted Democrat since, though this was by far the weakest performance from a Democratic presidential candidate in election history. Two factors can be explained. One was Carter’s underwhelming performance in the more rural counties, and the second being President Ford’s strong performances in Dallas and Harris counties, and some of their surrounding suburbs. The rise of the Republican Party in some of these areas would cumulate in Ronald Reagan’s win in the state four years later. (en)
  • The 1976 United States presidential election in Texas was held on November 2, 1976.Texas was won by former governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia with 51.14 percent of the vote, giving him 26 electoral votes. He also beat the incumbent President Gerald Ford in the general election. As of the 2016 presidential election, this remains the last time that a Democratic candidate won Texas.Carter’s southern roots as a former governor of Georgia struck a chord with many voters in Texas, along with strong anti-Republican sentiment following Watergate. Still, this was a relatively weak performance for a victorious Democratic candidate in Texas, and two factors can be identified. One was Carter’s underwhelming performance in the more rural counties, and the second being President Ford’s strong performances in Dallas and Harris counties, and some of their surrounding suburbs. The rise of the Republican Party in these areas would result in Ronald Reagan’s win in the state four years later.Carter carried 191 of the state’s 254 counties, including seventy-four which have never voted Democratic since, namely Grayson County, Chambers County, Motley County, Gaines County, Live Oak County, Mason County, Sherman County, Colorado County, Stephens County, Lamb County, Oldham County, Floyd County, Real County, Fayette County, Terry County, Donley County, Parmer County, Dallam County, Moore County, Hale County, Wheeler County, Bailey County, Armstrong County, Hamilton County, Goliad County, Carson County, Childress County, Collingsworth County, Wilbarger County, Wilson County, Castro County, Eastland County, Gonzales County, Parker County, Hood County, Johnson County, Anderson County, Brazoria County, Matagorda County, Kinney County, Medina County, Wharton County, Lavaca County, Archer County, Bosque County, Aransas County, Bell County, Borden County, Brown County, Burnet County, Callahan County, Cochran County, Coryell County, Walker County, Shackelford County, King County, Jeff Davis County, Wichita County, McLennan County, Llano County, Williamson County, Hockley County, Garza County, Hunt County, Young County, Wood County, Jackson County, Lynn County, Howard County, Ellis County, and Lampasas County. (en)
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  • The 1976 United States presidential election in Texas was held on November 2, 1976.Texas was won by Jimmy Carter of Georgia with 51.14% of the vote, giving him 26 electoral votes. He also beat the incumbent President Gerald Ford in the general election. This was the last time that a Democrat won Texas.Carter's southern roots as a former governor of Georgia struck a cord with many voters in Texas, along with strong anti-Republican sentiment following Watergate. (en)
  • The 1976 United States presidential election in Texas was held on November 2, 1976.Texas was won by former governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia with 51.14 percent of the vote, giving him 26 electoral votes. He also beat the incumbent President Gerald Ford in the general election. (en)
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