List of United States presidential elections by popular vote margin

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In United States presidential elections, the national popular vote is the sum of all votes cast in every state and the District of Columbia.

The Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides the procedure by which the President and Vice President are elected, which is through the Electoral College.

Since the United States does not hold national elections, the national popular vote does not determine the outcome of the United States presidential election.

Graph of voter turnout percentage from 1824 to 2008.

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The table below can be sorted to display elections by their presidential term / year of election, name, margin by percentage in popular vote, popular vote, margin in popular vote by number, and the runner up in the electoral college.

Term Year Electoral College
winner
Party Pct. of
pop. vote
Margin
(pct.)
Pop. vote Margin Electoral College
runner-up
Party Voter turnout
10 1824 Adams, John QuincyJohn Quincy Adams Democratic-Republican 30.92% 00.001−10.44% 113,142 00.004−38,221 Jackson, AndrewAndrew Jackson Democratic-Republican 26.90%
23 1876 Hayes, RutherfordRutherford Hayes Republican 47.92% 00.002−3.00% 4,034,142 00.002−252,666 Tilden, Samuel J.Samuel Tilden Democratic 81.80%
26 1888 Harrison, BenjaminBenjamin Harrison Republican 47.80% 00.003−0.83% 5,443,633 00.003−94,530 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland Democratic 79.30%
54 2000 Bush, George W.George W. Bush Republican 47.87% 00.004−0.51% 50,460,110 00.001−543,816 Gore, AlAl Gore Democratic 51.30%
24 1880 Garfield, JamesJames Garfield Republican 48.31% 00.09%0.09% 4,453,337 000090701,898 Hancock, Winfield ScottWinfield Scott Hancock Democratic 79.40%
44 1960 Kennedy, JohnJohn Kennedy Democratic 49.72% 00.17%0.17% 34,220,984 00112827112,827 Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon Republican 62.77%
25 1884 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland Democratic 48.85% 00.57%0.57% 4,914,482 0005757957,579 Blaine, James G.James Blaine Republican 77.50%
46 1968 Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon Republican 43.42% 00.70%0.70% 31,783,783 00511944511,944 Humphrey, HubertHubert Humphrey Democratic 60.84%
15 1844 Polk, JamesJames Polk Democratic 49.54% 01.45%1.45% 1,339,570 0003941339,413 Clay, HenryHenry Clay Whig 78.90%
48 1976 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter Democratic 50.08% 02.06%2.06% 40,831,881 016832471,683,247 Ford, GeraldGerald Ford Republican 53.55%
55 2004 Bush, George W.George W. Bush Republican 50.73% 02.46%2.46% 62,040,610 030121713,012,171 Kerry, JohnJohn Kerry Democratic 55.27%
27 1892 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland Democratic 46.02% 03.01%3.01% 5,553,898 00363099363,099 Harrison, BenjaminBenjamin Harrison Republican 74.70%
33 1916 Wilson, WoodrowWoodrow Wilson Democratic 49.24% 03.12%3.12% 9,126,868 00548728578,140 Hughes, Charles EvansCharles Evans Hughes Republican 61.60%
57 2012 Obama, BarackBarack Obama Democratic 51.06% 03.86%3.86% 65,915,796 049675984,982,296 Romney, MittMitt Romney Republican 57.50%
28 1896 McKinley, WilliamWilliam McKinley Republican 51.02% 04.31%4.31% 7,112,138 00601331601,331 Bryan, William JenningsWilliam Jennings Bryan Democratic 79.30%
41 1948 Truman, HarryHarry Truman Democratic 49.55% 04.48%4.48% 24,179,347 021880552,188,055 Dewey, Thomas E.Thomas Dewey Republican 53.00%
16 1848 Taylor, ZacharyZachary Taylor Whig 47.28% 04.79%4.79% 1,360,235 00137882137,882 Cass, LewisLewis Cass Democratic 72.70%
21 1868 Grant, UlyssesUlysses Grant Republican 52.66% 05.32%5.32% 3,013,790 00304810304,810 Seymour, HoratioHoratio Seymour Democratic 78.10%
52 1992 Clinton, BillBill Clinton Democratic 43.01% 05.56%5.56% 44,909,806 058052565,805,256 Bush, George H.W.George H.W. Bush Republican 55.23%
14 1840 Harrison, WilliamWilliam Henry Harrison Whig 52.87% 06.05%6.05% 1,275,583 00145938145,938 Van Buren, MartinMartin Van Buren Democratic 80.20%
29 1900 McKinley, WilliamWilliam McKinley Republican 51.64% 06.12%6.12% 7,228,864 00857932857,932 Bryan, William JenningsWilliam Jennings Bryan Democratic 73.20%
17 1852 Pierce, FranklinFranklin Pierce Democratic 50.83% 06.95%6.95% 1,605,943 00219525219,525 Scott, WinfieldWinfield Scott Whig 69.60%
56 2008 Obama, BarackBarack Obama Democratic 52.93% 07.27%7.27% 69,498,516 095491059,550,193 McCain, JohnJohn McCain Republican 57.48%
40 1944 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin Roosevelt Democratic 53.39% 07.50%7.50% 25,612,916 035949873,594,987 Dewey, Thomas E.Thomas Dewey Republican 55.90%
51 1988 Bush, George H.W.George H.W. Bush Republican 53.37% 07.72%7.72% 48,886,597 070771217,077,121 Dukakis, MichaelMichael Dukakis Democratic 50.15%
53 1996 Clinton, BillBill Clinton Democratic 49.23% 08.51%8.51% 47,400,125 082013708,201,370 Dole, BobBob Dole Republican 49.08%
31 1908 Taft, WilliamWilliam Taft Republican 51.57% 08.53%8.53% 7,678,335 012693561,269,356 Bryan, William JenningsWilliam Jennings Bryan Democratic 65.40%
49 1980 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan Republican 50.75% 09.74%9.74% 43,903,230 084231158,423,115 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter Democratic 52.56%
39 1940 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin Roosevelt Democratic 54.74% 09.96%9.96% 27,313,945 049662014,966,201 Willkie, WendellWendell Willkie Republican 62.50%
20 1864 Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln Republican 55.03% 10.08% 2,211,317 00405090405,090 McClellan, George B.George McClellan Democratic 73.80%
19 1860 Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln Republican 39.65% 10.13% 1,855,993 00474049474,049 Breckinridge, John C.John Breckinridge Democratic 81.20%
42 1952 Eisenhower, DwightDwight Eisenhower Republican 55.18% 10.85% 34,075,529 067004396,700,439 Stevenson, AdlaiAdlai Stevenson Democratic 63.30%
22 1872 Grant, UlyssesUlysses Grant Republican 55.58% 11.80% 3,597,439 00763729763,729 Greeley, HoraceHorace Greeley Liberal Republican 71.30%
18 1856 Buchanan, JamesJames Buchanan Democratic 45.29% 12.20% 1,835,140 00494472494,472 Frémont, John C.John Frémont Republican 78.90%
11 1828 Jackson, AndrewAndrew Jackson Jacksonian 55.93% 12.25% 642,806 00140839140,839 Adams, John QuincyJohn Quincy Adams National Republican 57.60%
13 1836 Van Buren, MartinMartin Van Buren Democratic 50.79% 14.20% 763,291 00213384213,384 Harrison, WilliamWilliam Henry Harrison Whig 57.80%
32 1912 Wilson, WoodrowWoodrow Wilson Democratic 41.84% 14.44% 6,296,284 021735632,173,563 Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt Progressive 58.80%
43 1956 Eisenhower, DwightDwight Eisenhower Republican 57.37% 15.40% 35,579,180 095511529,551,152 Stevenson, AdlaiAdlai Stevenson Democratic 60.60%
36 1928 Hoover, HerbertHerbert Hoover Republican 58.21% 17.41% 21,427,123 064116596,411,659 Smith, AlAl Smith Democratic 56.90%
37 1932 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin Roosevelt Democratic 57.41% 17.76% 22,821,277 070600237,060,023 Hoover, HerbertHerbert Hoover Republican 56.90%
12 1832 Jackson, AndrewAndrew Jackson Jacksonian 54.74% 17.81% 702,735 00228628228,628 Clay, HenryHenry Clay National Republican 55.40%
50 1984 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan Republican 58.77% 18.21% 54,455,472 1687812016,878,120 Mondale, WalterWalter Mondale Democratic 53.11%
30 1904 Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt Republican 56.42% 18.83% 7,630,557 025466772,546,677 Parker, Alton BrooksAlton Brooks Parker Democratic 65.20%
45 1964 Johnson, LyndonLyndon Johnson Democratic 61.05% 22.58% 43,127,041 1595128715,951,287 Goldwater, BarryBarry Goldwater Republican 61.92%
47 1972 Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon Republican 60.67% 23.15% 47,168,710 1799548817,995,488 McGovern, GeorgeGeorge McGovern Democratic 55.21%
38 1936 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin Roosevelt Democratic 60.80% 24.26% 27,752,648 1107078611,070,786 Landon, AlfAlf Landon Republican 61.00%
35 1924 Coolidge, CalvinCalvin Coolidge Republican 54.04% 25.22% 15,723,789 073375477,337,547 Davis, John W.John Davis Democratic 48.90%
34 1920 Harding, WarrenWarren Harding Republican 60.32% 26.17% 16,144,093 070044327,004,432 Cox, James M.James Cox Democratic 49.20%

Note: The popular vote was not recorded prior to the 1824 election, so the first nine US presidential elections are not included in this table.

Timeline[edit]

Presidents of the U.S. listed in a timeline graph of elections with results of the popular vote color coded for political parties.A gray arrow points to the name of a person who became president without having been elected as president (9 total).  The double arrow indicates becoming president without having been elected as vice president as well (Ford).  5 other former vice presidents are underlined (14 total).  The top line indicates the Presidency number (e.g. Reagan - 40th) with Roman numerals indicating election (and term) number.

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