1996 Bob Dole

Under a St. Patrick's Day banner, Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson cheers GOP presidential candidate Sen. Bob Dole at the Inn on the Park during a March 17, 1996 campaign stop in Madison. 

JOSEPH W. JACKSON III - Wisconsin State Journal archives

Kansas Sen. Bob Dole won Wisconsin's 1996 primary election by a wide margin, but wound up losing the state (and the race) to incumbent Bill Clinton in the general election.

Wisconsin Republican primary election results

  • Date: March 19, 1996
  • Winner: Bob Dole
  • Votes for: 301,628 (52%)
  • Runner up: Pat Buchanan (34%)

Wisconsin general election results

  • Date: Nov. 5, 1996
  • Winner: Bill Clinton
  • Votes for: 1,071,971 (49%)
  • National winner: Bill Clinton
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