|Presidential Candidate||Electoral Vote||Popular Vote||Pct||Party||Running Mate
|Jimmy Carter of Georgia (W)||297||40,825,839||50.0%||Democrat||Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota (297)|
|Gerald R. Ford of Michigan||240||39,147,770||48.0%||Republican||Bob Dole of Kansas (241)||Other||1||1,577,333||2.0%|
|Other elections: 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988|
|Source: U.S. Office of the Federal Register|
- Democratic Candidates
Ford and Carter in debate.
Jimmy Carter ran as an honest outsider reformer, which many voters found attractive in the wake of the Watergate scandal. President Ford, although personally unconnected with Watergate, was seen by many as too close to the discredited Richard Nixon administration, especially after Ford granted Nixon a presidential pardon.
Independent Eugene J. McCarthy received 756,691 popular votes.
Thomas J. Anderson of the American Party received 160,773 votes.