List of United States presidential elections by popular vote margin

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Comparison of the popular vote totals since 1900.[1]
  Republican
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  All other candidates together

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, so the national popular vote does not determine the outcome of the United States presidential election.

List[edit]

The table below is 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.

Election Winner & party Electoral College Popular vote Runner-up & party Turnout[2]
Votes % % Margin Votes Margin

Democratic-Republican   Democratic   Republican   Whig   Progressive   Liberal Republican   National Republican  
      Indicates winner lost popular vote

10 1824 Adams,John Quincy Adams D.-R. 84/261 32.18% 30.92% −10.44% 113,142 −38,221 Jackson,Andrew Jackson D.-R. 26.9%
23 1876 Hayes,Rutherford Hayes Rep. 185/369 50.14% 47.92% −3.00% 4,034,142 −252,666 Tilden,Samuel Tilden Dem. 82.6%
58 2016 Trump,Donald Trump Rep. 306/538 56.87% 46.12%[a] −1.92%[a] 62,745,360[a] −2,609,816[a] Clinton,Hillary Clinton Dem. 58.6%[a]
26 1888 Harrison,Benjamin Harrison Rep. 233/401 58.10% 47.80% −0.83% 5,443,633 −94,530 Cleveland,Grover Cleveland Dem. 80.5%
54 2000 Bush,George W. Bush Rep. 271/538 50.37% 47.87% −0.51% 50,460,110 −543,816 Gore,Al Gore Dem. 54.2%
24 1880 Garfield,James Garfield Rep. 214/369 57.99% 48.31% 0.09% 4,453,337 1,898 Hancock,Winfield Scott Hancock Dem. 80.5%
44 1960 Kennedy,John Kennedy Dem. 303/537 56.42% 49.72% 0.17% 34,220,984 112,827 Nixon,Richard Nixon Rep. 63.8%
25 1884 Cleveland,Grover Cleveland Dem. 219/401 54.61% 48.85% 0.57% 4,914,482 57,579 Blaine,James Blaine Rep. 78.2%
46 1968 Nixon,Richard Nixon Rep. 301/538 55.95% 43.42% 0.70% 31,783,783 511,944 Humphrey,Hubert Humphrey Dem. 62.5%
15 1844 Polk,James Polk Dem. 170/275 61.82% 49.54% 1.45% 1,339,570 39,413 Clay,Henry Clay Whig 79.2%
48 1976 Carter,Jimmy Carter Dem. 297/538 55.20% 50.08% 2.06% 40,831,881 1,683,247 Ford,Gerald Ford Rep. 54.8%
55 2004 Bush,George W. Bush Rep. 286/538 53.16% 50.73% 2.46% 62,040,610 3,012,171 Kerry,John Kerry Dem. 60.1%
27 1892 Cleveland,Grover Cleveland Dem. 277/444 62.39% 46.02% 3.01% 5,553,898 363,099 Harrison,Benjamin Harrison Rep. 75.8%
33 1916 Wilson,Woodrow Wilson Dem. 277/531 52.17% 49.24% 3.12% 9,126,868 578,140 Hughes,Charles Evans Hughes Rep. 61.8%
57 2012 Obama,Barack Obama Dem. 332/538 61.71% 51.06% 3.86% 65,915,796 4,982,296 Romney,Mitt Romney Rep. 58.6%
28 1896 McKinley,William McKinley Rep. 271/447 60.63% 51.02% 4.31% 7,112,138 601,331 Bryan,William Jennings Bryan Dem. 79.6%
41 1948 Truman,Harry Truman Dem. 303/531 57.06% 49.55% 4.48% 24,179,347 2,188,055 Dewey,Thomas Dewey Rep. 52.2%
16 1848 Taylor,Zachary Taylor Whig 163/290 56.21% 47.28% 4.79% 1,360,235 137,882 Cass,Lewis Cass Dem. 72.8%
21 1868 Grant,Ulysses Grant Rep. 214/294 72.79% 52.66% 5.32% 3,013,790 304,810 Seymour,Horatio Seymour Dem. 80.9%
52 1992 Clinton,Bill Clinton Dem. 370/538 68.77% 43.01% 5.56% 44,909,806 5,805,256 Bush,George H. W. Bush Rep. 58.1%
14 1840 Harrison,William Henry Harrison Whig 234/294 79.59% 52.87% 6.05% 1,275,583 145,938 Van Buren,Martin Van Buren Dem. 80.3%
29 1900 McKinley,William McKinley Rep. 292/447 65.23% 51.64% 6.12% 7,228,864 857,932 Bryan,William Jennings Bryan Dem. 73.7%
17 1852 Pierce,Franklin Pierce Dem. 254/296 85.81% 50.83% 6.95% 1,605,943 219,525 Scott,Winfield Scott Whig 69.5%
56 2008 Obama,Barack Obama Dem. 365/538 67.84% 52.93% 7.27% 69,498,516 9,550,193 McCain,John McCain Rep. 61.6%
40 1944 Roosevelt,Franklin Roosevelt Dem. 432/531 81.36% 53.39% 7.50% 25,612,916 3,594,987 Dewey,Thomas Dewey Rep. 55.9%
51 1988 Bush,George H. W. Bush Rep. 426/538 79.18% 53.37% 7.72% 48,886,597 7,077,121 Dukakis,Michael Dukakis Dem. 52.8%
53 1996 Clinton,Bill Clinton Dem. 379/538 70.45% 49.23% 8.51% 47,400,125 8,201,370 Dole,Bob Dole Rep. 51.7%
31 1908 Taft,William Taft Rep. 321/483 66.46% 51.57% 8.53% 7,678,335 1,269,356 Bryan,William Jennings Bryan Dem. 65.7%
49 1980 Reagan,Ronald Reagan Rep. 489/538 90.89% 50.75% 9.74% 43,903,230 8,423,115 Carter,Jimmy Carter Dem. 54.2%
39 1940 Roosevelt,Franklin Roosevelt Dem. 449/531 84.56% 54.74% 9.96% 27,313,945 4,966,201 Willkie,Wendell Willkie Rep. 62.4%
20 1864 Lincoln,Abraham Lincoln Rep. 212/233 90.99% 55.03% 10.08% 2,211,317 405,090 McClellan,George McClellan Dem. 76.3%
19 1860 Lincoln,Abraham Lincoln Rep. 180/303 59.41% 39.65% 10.13% 1,855,993 474,049 Breckinridge,John Breckinridge Dem. 81.8%
42 1952 Eisenhower,Dwight Eisenhower Rep. 442/531 83.24% 55.18% 10.85% 34,075,529 6,700,439 Stevenson,Adlai Stevenson Dem. 62.3%
22 1872 Grant,Ulysses Grant Rep. 286/352 81.25% 55.58% 11.80% 3,597,439 763,729 Greeley,Horace Greeley L. R. 72.1%
18 1856 Buchanan,James Buchanan Dem. 174/296 58.78% 45.29% 12.20% 1,835,140 494,472 Frémont,John Frémont Rep. 79.4%
11 1828 Jackson,Andrew Jackson Dem. 178/261 68.20% 55.93% 12.25% 642,806 140,839 Adams,John Quincy Adams N. R. 57.3%
13 1836 Van Buren,Martin Van Buren Dem. 170/294 57.82% 50.79% 14.20% 763,291 213,384 Harrison,William Henry Harrison Whig 56.5%
32 1912 Wilson,Woodrow Wilson Dem. 435/531 81.92% 41.84% 14.44% 6,296,284 2,173,563 Roosevelt,Theodore Roosevelt Prog. 59.0%
43 1956 Eisenhower,Dwight Eisenhower Rep. 457/531 86.06% 57.37% 15.40% 35,579,180 9,551,152 Stevenson,Adlai Stevenson Dem. 60.2%
36 1928 Hoover,Herbert Hoover Rep. 444/531 83.62% 58.21% 17.41% 21,427,123 6,411,659 Smith,Al Smith Dem. 56.9%
37 1932 Roosevelt,Franklin Roosevelt Dem. 472/531 88.89% 57.41% 17.76% 22,821,277 7,060,023 Hoover,Herbert Hoover Rep. 56.9%
12 1832 Jackson,Andrew Jackson Dem. 219/286 76.57% 54.74% 17.81% 702,735 228,628 Clay,Henry Clay N. R. 57.0%
50 1984 Reagan,Ronald Reagan Rep. 525/538 97.58% 58.77% 18.21% 54,455,472 16,878,120 Mondale,Walter Mondale Dem. 55.2%
30 1904 Roosevelt,Theodore Roosevelt Rep. 336/476 70.59% 56.42% 18.83% 7,630,557 2,546,677 Parker,Alton Brooks Parker Dem. 65.5%
45 1964 Johnson,Lyndon Johnson Dem. 486/538 90.33% 61.05% 22.58% 43,127,041 15,951,287 Goldwater,Barry Goldwater Rep. 62.8%
47 1972 Nixon,Richard Nixon Rep. 520/538 96.65% 60.67% 23.15% 47,168,710 17,995,488 McGovern,George McGovern Dem. 56.2%
38 1936 Roosevelt,Franklin Roosevelt Dem. 523/531 98.49% 60.80% 24.26% 27,752,648 11,070,786 Landon,Alf Landon Rep. 61.0%
35 1924 Coolidge,Calvin Coolidge Rep. 382/531 71.94% 54.04% 25.22% 15,723,789 7,337,547 Davis,John Davis Dem. 48.9%
34 1920 Harding,Warren Harding Rep. 404/531 76.08% 60.32% 26.17% 16,144,093 7,004,432 Cox,James Cox Dem. 49.2%
  1. ^ a b c d e Not yet final.

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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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/
  2. ^ McDonald, Michael P. (11 June 2014). "National General Election VEP Turnout Rates, 1789-Present". United States Elections Project. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 

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