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United States presidential election in Vermont, 2016
← 2012 November 8, 2016 2020 →
Turnout 67.95% Increase
Hillary Clinton by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Donald Trump official portrait (cropped).jpg
Bernie Sanders September 2015 cropped.jpg
Nominee Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Bernie Sanders (write-in)
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Home state New York New York Vermont
Running mate Tim Kaine Mike Pence none
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 178,573 95,369 18,218
Percentage 55.72% 30.27% 5.68%

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County Results

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Donald Trump

Treemap of the popular vote by county.

The 2016 United States presidential election in Vermont was held on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 general election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Vermont voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting the Republican Party's nominee, businessman Donald Trump, and running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

Regarded as one of the most progressive states in the country, Hillary Clinton easily won Vermont with 56.7% of the vote, although her margin was reduced by 8.34 percentage points from President Obama in 2012.[1] Donald Trump received 29.8% of the vote and won only Essex County–the most rural and sparsely populated county in the state. He was the first Republican presidential candidate to win a county in Vermont since George W. Bush in 2004.

Despite not running in the general election, incumbent United States Senator Bernie Sanders (a former candidate for the Democratic nomination) received 5.7% of the vote as a write-in candidate, more than Gary Johnson's 3.1% and Jill Stein's 2.1% combined.[2] Sanders received the highest write-in draft campaign percentage for a statewide presidential candidate in history.[3]

With 30.3% of the vote, Trump's performance is the worst showing for a Republican in Vermont, setting a record low for the party since George H. W. Bush lost the state in 1992 with 30.4% of the vote. Vermont was once a liberal Republican stronghold, having voted Republican in every election from 1856 to 1988 with the exception of 1964. Since 1992, the Democratic Party has carried the state in every election, most often by landslide margins. No Republican has received over 40% of the vote in Vermont since George W. Bush in 2000. It has, however, continued to elect liberal Republican governors, such as the election of Phil Scott on the same day.

Primary elections[edit]

On March 1, 2016, in the presidential primaries, Vermont voters expressed their preferences for the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian parties. Voters who were unaffiliated chose any one primary in which to vote.

Democratic primary[edit]

The 2016 Vermont Democratic primary took place on March 1 as one of the Democratic Party's primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

On the same day, dubbed "Super Tuesday," Democratic primaries were held in ten other states plus American Samoa, while the Republican Party held primaries in eleven states including their own Vermont primary.

As Sanders was an extremely popular favorite son, there was no campaign to speak of, and all pledged delegates were given to Sanders, due to Clinton getting less than 15% of the popular vote.


Democratic primary results by county.
  Bernie Sanders
Vermont Democratic primary, March 1, 2016
Candidate Popular vote Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Bernie Sanders 115,900 85.69% 16 6 22
Hillary Clinton 18,338 13.56% 0 4 4
Martin O'Malley (withdrawn) 282 0.21%
Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente 80 0.06%
Total Blank Votes 260 0.19%
Total Write-ins 238 0.18%
Total Spoiled Votes 158 0.12%
Uncommitted N/A 0 0 0
Total 135,256 100% 16 10 26
Source: The Green Papers, Vermont Secretary of State

Republican primary[edit]

Vermont Republican primary, 2016
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  Donald Trump August 19, 2015 (cropped).jpg Governor John Kasich.jpg
Candidate Donald Trump John Kasich
Home state New York Ohio
Delegate count 8 8
Popular vote 19,974 18,534
Percentage 32.34% 30.01%

  Marco Rubio, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Ted Cruz, official portrait, 113th Congress (cropped 2).jpg
Candidate Marco Rubio Ted Cruz
Home state Florida Texas
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 11,781 5,932
Percentage 19.08% 9.61%

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Vermont results by county
  Donald Trump
  John Kasich
Vermont Republican primary, March 1, 2016
Candidate Votes Percentage Actual delegate count
Bound Unbound Total
America Symbol.svg Donald Trump 19,974 32.34% 8 0 8
John Kasich 18,534 30.01% 8 0 8
Marco Rubio 11,781 19.08% 0 0 0
Ted Cruz 5,932 9.61% 0 0 0
Ben Carson 2,551 4.13% 0 0 0
Jeb Bush (withdrawn) 1,106 1.79% 0 0 0
Rand Paul (withdrawn) 423 0.68% 0 0 0
Chris Christie (withdrawn) 361 0.58% 0 0 0
Carly Fiorina (withdrawn) 212 0.34% 0 0 0
Rick Santorum (withdrawn) 164 0.27% 0 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 0 0 0
Total: 61,756 100.00% 16 0 16
Source: The Green Papers

General election[edit]

With the heavy Democratic and Progressive presence in the state, the state was bypassed by the candidates during the General.



General election results, November 8, 2016[4] [5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hillary Clinton 178,573 55.72%
Republican Donald Trump 95,369 30.27%
Independent Bernie Sanders (write-in) 18,218 5.68%
Libertarian Gary Johnson 10,078 3.14%
Green Jill Stein 6,758 2.11%
Reform Rocky De La Fuente 1,063 0.33%
Republican John Kasich (write-in) 831 0.26%
Independent Evan McMullin (write-in) 641 0.20%
Liberty Union Gloria La Riva 327 0.10%
Constitution Darrell Castle (write-in) 63 0.02%
Socialist Mimi Soltysik (write-in) 3 0.001%
n/a Total Other Write-in 3,143 1.00%
n/a No Name/None of the Above 257 0.09%
n/a Spoiled/blank 5,400 1.69%
Total votes 320,467 100.00%
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Other Write-ins Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Mike Pence (write-in) 305 0.09%
Republican Paul Ryan (write-in) 209 0.06%
Republican Mitt Romney (write-in) 122 0.04%
Republican Marco Rubio (write-in) 93 0.03%
Republican Jeb Bush (write-in) 79 0.025%
Republican John McCain (write-in) 76 0.025%
Republican Ted Cruz (write-in) 63 0.02%
Libertarian Ron Paul (write-in) 25 0.017%
Republican Colin Powell (write-in) 25 0.017%
Democratic Martin O'Malley (write-in) 6 0.002%
n/a Write-in (Other) 2,140 0.72%

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