Ross Perot, a billionaire businessman who sought the presidency as an independent in 1992 and 1996, died today. He was 89.
Perot won 16% of the vote in New Jersey in 1992, when Bill Clinton carried the state by 79,341 votes against President George H.W. Bush. Perot received 521,829 votes in New Jersey.
Seven counties gave more than 20% of the vote to Perot: Salem (26%), Warren (24%), Hunterdon (24%), Gloucester (23%), Sussex (22%), Burlington (20%) and Cape May (20%). He won 19% in Ocean and Cumberland, 18% in Camden and Atlantic, 17% in Somerset and Monmouth, 16% in Middlesex and Morris, 15% in Mercer; 13% in Passaic and Bergen; 11% in Union, 10% in Essex and 8% in Hudson.
During the week before the election, two of the electors running with Perot in New Jersey said they would vote for Clinton when the Electoral College met, even if Perot were to carry New Jersey. Both Perot electors were from Camden County: Joanne Rothmaliar and Andrew Hartnett.
Clinton’s win began a winning streak of 7-0 for Democratic presidential candidates winning New Jersey’s electoral votes.
When Perot ran against Clinton and Republican Bob Dole in 1996, he received 8.5% of New Jersey’s votes. Clinton won the state by 549,251.