Here's how Texas voted in every presidential election since 1976

Since 1976, the state has been a reliable Republican stronghold.
Since 1976, the state has been a reliable Republican stronghold. Star-Telegram

Texas last backed the Democratic candidate for president 40 years ago, when Jimmy Carter defeated Republican Gerald Ford by 3.2 percentage points.

In the nine elections since then, the state has been a reliable Republican stronghold.

Heading into Election Day, the race for Texas' 38 electoral votes between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton is unusually tight.

While the latest polls suggest the state will remain red, Democrats are hopeful that Trump will draw a smaller margin of victory than Republicans have seen from Texas in decades.

Since Carter's win, Democrat Bill Clinton came the closest to turning Texas blue in 1992.

Clinton lost the state to then-President George H.W. Bush by 3.5 percentage points, in an election in which independent Ross Perot, a Texan, drew 22 percent of the state's vote.


Winning candidate


Margin of victory


Jimmy Carter

Gerald Ford

3.2 pts.


Ronald Reagan

Jimmy Carter

13.9 pts.


Ronald Reagan

Walter Mondale

27.5 pts.


George H.W. Bush

Michael Dukakis

12.6 pts.


George H.W. Bush

Bill Clinton

3.5 pts.


Bob Dole

Bill Clinton

4.9 pts.


George W. Bush

Al Gore

21.3 pts.


George W. Bush

John F. Kerry

22.9 pts.


John McCain

Barack Obama

11.8 pts.


Mitt Romney

Barack Obama

15.8 pts.

Source: Texas Secretary of State Credit: Annie Daniel

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