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This Day in Georgia History

October 10, 1976

Carter Led in Electoral Votes

A Time Magazine survey indicated Jimmy Carter had a better than 2-1 electoral vote advantage in states with strong leanings. Carter led in 21 states and the District of Columbia, with 273 electoral votes (three more than necessary to win), while President Ford led in 17 states with 113 electoral votes. Meanwhile, Carter was campaigning in Cleveland, where he received a warm welcome at an African-American church service, then later attended a Polish-American Congress dinner, where he again labeled as “disgusting” Ford’s comments about Eastern Europe not being under Soviet domination.

To view an image of Jimmy Carter on campaign material, see the Georgia Archives