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George W. Bush and john kerry

george w. bush and al gore

clinton and dole

clinton and george h.w. bush

george h.w.bush and carter

carter and Gerald Ford

nixon and mcgovern

nixon and hubert humphrey

lbj and barry goldwater

jfk and Richard Nixon

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Ronald Reagan beat Carter. George H. W. Bush beat Michael Dukakis.
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Listed below are all U.S. Presidential candidates who received more than 5% of the nationwide popular vote total in the 57 U.S. presidential elections from 1789 to 2012. The first name after each election year is the winner of the election. After each name is the candidate's political party, home state, and, after 1820, the percentage of nationwide popular votes received. A key to the political party abbreviations is at the end of the list.

1789 -- George Washington (I-VA) -- unopposed

1792 -- George Washington (I-VA) -- unopposed

1796 -- John Adams (F-MA) vs. Thomas Jefferson (DR-VA)

1800 -- Thomas Jefferson (DR-VA) vs. John Adams (F-MA)

1804 -- Thomas Jefferson (DR-VA) vs. Charles C. Pinckney (F-SC)

1808 -- James Madison (DR-VA) vs. Charles C. Pinckney (F-SC)

1812 -- James Madison (DR-VA) vs. DeWitt Clinton (F-NY)

1816 -- James Monroe (DR-VA) vs. Rufus King (F-NY)

1820 -- James Monroe (DR-VA) -- unopposed

1824 -- John Quincy Adams (DR-MA, 30.92%) vs. Andrew Jackson (DR-TN, 41.36%) vs. Henry Clay (DR-KY, 12.99%) vs. William H. Crawford (DR-GA, 11.21%)

1828 -- Andrew Jackson (D-TN, 55.93%) vs. John Quincy Adams (NR-MA, 43.68%)

1832 -- Andrew Jackson (D-TN, 54.74%) vs. Henry Clay (NR-KY, 36.93%) vs. William Wirt (AM-MD, 7.78%)

1836 -- Martin Van Buren (D-NY, 50.79%) vs. William Henry Harrison (W-OH, 36.59%) vs. Hugh L. White (W-TN, 9.72%)

1840 -- William Henry Harrison (W-OH, 52.87%) vs. Martin Van Buren (D-NY, 46.82%)

1844 -- James K. Polk (D-TN, 49.54%) vs. Henry Clay (W-KY, 48.09%)

1848 -- Zachary Taylor (W-LA, 47.28%) vs. Lewis Cass (D-MI, 42.49%) vs. Martin Van Buren (FS-NY, 10.13%)

1852 -- Franklin Pierce (D-NH, 50.83%) vs. Winfield Scott (W-NJ, 43.88%)

1856 -- James Buchanan (D-PA, 45.29%) vs. John C. Fremont (R-CA, 33.09%) vs. Millard Fillmore (W/A-NY, 21.54%)

1860 -- Abraham Lincoln (R-IL, 39.65%) vs. Stephen A. Douglas (ND-IL, 29.52%) vs. John C. Breckinridge (SD-KY, 18.20%) vs. John Bell (CU-TN, 12.62%)

1864 -- Abraham Lincoln (NU-IL, 55.03%) vs. George B. McClellan (D-NJ, 44.95%)

1868 -- Ulysses S. Grant (R-IL, 52.66%) vs. Horatio Seymour (D-NY, 47.34%)

1872 -- Ulysses S. Grant (R-IL, 55.58%) vs. Horace Greeley (LR/D-NY, 43.78%)

1876 -- Rutherford B. Hayes (R-OH, 47.92%) vs. Samuel J. Tilden (D-NY, 50.92%)

1880 -- James A. Garfield (R-OH, 48.31%) vs. Winfield Scott Hancock (D-PA, 48.22%)

1884 -- Grover Cleveland (D-NY, 48.85%) vs. James G. Blaine (R-ME, 48.28%)

1888 -- Benjamin Harrison (R-IN, 47.80%) vs. Grover Cleveland (D-NY, 48.63%)

1892 -- Grover Cleveland (D-NY, 46.02%) vs. Benjamin Harrison (R-IN, 43.01%) vs. James B. Weaver (Po-IA, 8.51%)

1896 -- William McKinley (R-OH, 51.02%) vs. William Jennings Bryan (D-NE, 46.71%)

1900 -- William McKinley (R-OH, 51.64%) vs. William Jennings Bryan (D-NE, 45.52%)

1904 -- Theodore Roosevelt (R-NY, 56.42%) vs. Alton B. Parker (D-NY, 37.59%)

1908 -- William Howard Taft (R-OH, 51.57%) vs. William Jennings Bryan (D-NE, 43.04%)

1912 -- Woodrow Wilson (D-NJ, 41.84%) vs. Theodore Roosevelt (Pg-NY, 27.40%) vs. William Howard Taft (R-OH, 23.17%) vs. Eugene V. Debs (S-IN, 5.99%)

1916 -- Woodrow Wilson (D-NJ, 49.24%) vs. Charles Evans Hughes (R-NY, 46.12%)

1920 -- Warren G. Harding (R-OH, 60.32%) vs. James M. Cox (D-OH, 34.15%)

1924 -- Calvin Coolidge (R-MA, 54.04%) vs. John W. Davis (D-WV, 28.82%) vs. Robert M. LaFollette (Pg-WI, 16.61%)

1928 -- Herbert Hoover (R-CA, 58.21%) vs. Al Smith (D-NY, 40.80%)

1932 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt (D-NY, 57.41%) vs. Herbert Hoover (R-CA, 39.65%)

1936 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt (D-NY, 60.80%) vs. Alf Landon (R-KS, 36.54%)

1940 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt (D-NY, 54.74%) vs. Wendell Willkie (R-NY, 44.78%)

1944 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt (D-NY, 53.39%) vs. Thomas E. Dewey (R-NY, 45.89%)

1948 -- Harry S. Truman (D-MO, 49.55%) vs. Thomas E. Dewey (R-NY, 45.07%)

1952 -- Dwight D. Eisenhower (R-NY, 55.18%) vs. Adlai E. Stevenson (D-IL, 44.33%)

1956 -- Dwight D. Eisenhower (R-NY, 57.37%) vs. Adlai E. Stevenson (D-IL, 41.97%)

1960 -- John F. Kennedy (D-MA, 49.72%) vs. Richard M. Nixon (R-CA, 49.55%)

1964 -- Lyndon B. Johnson (D-TX, 61.05%) vs. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ, 38.47%)

1968 -- Richard M. Nixon (R-NY, 43.42%) vs. Hubert H. Humphrey (D-MN, 42.72%) vs. George C. Wallace (AI-AL, 13.53%)

1972 -- Richard M. Nixon (R-NY, 60.67%) vs. George McGovern (D-SD, 37.52%)

1976 -- Jimmy Carter (D-GA, 50.08%) vs. Gerald R. Ford (R-MI, 48.02%)

1980 -- Ronald Reagan (R-CA, 50.75%) vs. Jimmy Carter (D-GA, 41.01%) vs. John B. Anderson (I-IL, 6.61%)

1984 -- Ronald Reagan (R-CA, 58.77%) vs. Walter Mondale (D-MN, 40.56%)

1988 -- George H. W. Bush (R-TX, 53.37%) vs. Michael Dukakis (D-MA, 45.65%)

1992 -- Bill Clinton (D-AR, 43.01%) vs. George H. W. Bush (R-TX, 37.45%) vs. H. Ross Perot (I-TX, 18.91%)

1996 -- Bill Clinton (D-AR, 49.23%) vs. Bob Dole (R-KS, 40.72%) vs. H. Ross Perot (Rf-TX, 8.40%)

2000 -- George W. Bush (R-TX, 47.87%) vs. Al Gore (D-TN, 48.38%)

2004 -- George W. Bush (R-TX, 50.73%) vs. John Kerry (D-MA, 48.27%)

2008 -- Barack Obama (D-IL, 52.87%) vs. John McCain (R-AZ, 45.60%)

2012 -- Barack Obama (D-IL, 51.01%) vs. Mitt Romney (R-MA, 47.16%)


  • A = American Party (a.k.a. Know Nothing Party)
  • AI = American Independent Party
  • AM = Anti-Masonic Party
  • CU = Constitutional Union Party
  • D = Democratic Party
  • DR = Democratic-Republican Party
  • F = Federalist Party
  • FS = Free Soil Party
  • I = independent
  • LR = Liberal Republican Party
  • ND = Northern Democratic Party
  • NR = National Republican Party (a.k.a. Anti-Jacksonian Party)
  • NU = National Union Party (name used by the Republican Party in 1864)
  • Pg = Progressive Party
  • Po = Populist Party
  • R = Republican Party
  • Rf = Reform Party
  • S = Socialist Party
  • SD = Southern Democratic Party
  • W = Whig Party

  • The 1824 election is the only one in which nobody received votes for president from more than half of the electors. Whenever that happens the U.S. House of Representatives picks the President from among the three candidates with the most electoral votes.
  • The 1836 election is the only one since separate vice-presidential elections started in 1804 in which nobody received votes for vice president from more than half of the electors. Whenever that happens the U.S. Senate picks the Vice President from between the two candidates with the most electoral votes.
  • Abraham Lincoln in 1860 is the only person to win a majority of electoral votes with less than 40% of the popular votes cast.
  • Samuel J. Tilden in 1876 is the only person to lose an election with more than 50% of the popular votes cast.
  • Grover Cleveland in 1888 and Al Gore in 2000 also received more popular votes than the winners of those elections.
  • Richard Nixon in 1960 and Gerald R. Ford in 1976 carried more states than the winners of those elections.
  • Six pairs of consecutive elections had the same two major opponents: 1796 & 1800, 1824 & 1828, 1836 & 1840, 1888 & 1892, 1896 & 1900, and 1952 & 1956.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only person elected U.S. President more than twice. After his death, the Constitution was amended to limit presidents to two terms.
  • Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama are the first three consecutive Presidents to win two elections each since Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
  • The 2008 election is the only one since 1952 in which neither the incumbent president nor the incumbent vice president was a candidate.
  • The oldest person to receive votes for president was Samuel Adams in 1796 at age 74 years and 2 months.
  • The youngest person to receive votes for president was William Jennings Bryan in 1897 at age 36 years and 9 months.
  • The oldest person to win a presidential election was Ronald Reagan in 1984 at age 73 years and 10 months.
  • The youngest person to win a presidential election was John F. Kennedy in 1960 at age 43 years and 6 months (but he was not the youngest president).

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