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, so 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.

# Year Electoral College Party Popular vote (%) Popular vote Electoral College Party Turnout
Winner Margin Margin Runner-up

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

10 1824 Adams, John QuincyJohn Quincy Adams D.-R. 30.92% 00.001−10.44% 113,142 00.004−38,221 Jackson, AndrewAndrew Jackson D.-R. 26.90%
23 1876 Hayes, RutherfordRutherford Hayes Rep. 47.92% 00.002−3.00% 4,034,142 00.002−252,666 Tilden, Samuel J.Samuel Tilden Dem. 81.80%
26 1888 Harrison, BenjaminBenjamin Harrison Rep. 47.80% 00.003−0.83% 5,443,633 00.003−94,530 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland Dem. 79.30%
54 2000 Bush, George W.George W. Bush Rep. 47.87% 00.004−0.51% 50,460,110 00.001−543,816 Gore, AlAl Gore Dem. 51.30%
24 1880 Garfield, JamesJames Garfield Rep. 48.31% 00.09%0.09% 4,453,337 000090701,898 Hancock, Winfield ScottWinfield Scott Hancock Dem. 79.40%
44 1960 Kennedy, JohnJohn Kennedy Dem. 49.72% 00.17%0.17% 34,220,984 00112827112,827 Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon Rep. 62.77%
25 1884 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland Dem. 48.85% 00.57%0.57% 4,914,482 0005757957,579 Blaine, James G.James Blaine Rep. 77.50%
46 1968 Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon Rep. 43.42% 00.70%0.70% 31,783,783 00511944511,944 Humphrey, HubertHubert Humphrey Dem. 60.84%
15 1844 Polk, JamesJames Polk Dem. 49.54% 01.45%1.45% 1,339,570 0003941339,413 Clay, HenryHenry Clay Whig 78.90%
48 1976 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter Dem. 50.08% 02.06%2.06% 40,831,881 016832471,683,247 Ford, GeraldGerald Ford Rep. 53.55%
55 2004 Bush, George W.George W. Bush Rep. 50.73% 02.46%2.46% 62,040,610 030121713,012,171 Kerry, JohnJohn Kerry Dem. 55.27%
27 1892 Cleveland, GroverGrover Cleveland Dem. 46.02% 03.01%3.01% 5,553,898 00363099363,099 Harrison, BenjaminBenjamin Harrison Rep. 74.70%
33 1916 Wilson, WoodrowWoodrow Wilson Dem. 49.24% 03.12%3.12% 9,126,868 00548728578,140 Hughes, Charles EvansCharles Evans Hughes Rep. 61.60%
57 2012 Obama, BarackBarack Obama Dem. 51.06% 03.86%3.86% 65,915,796 049675984,982,296 Romney, MittMitt Romney Rep. 54.87%
28 1896 McKinley, WilliamWilliam McKinley Rep. 51.02% 04.31%4.31% 7,112,138 00601331601,331 Bryan, William JenningsWilliam Jennings Bryan Dem. 79.30%
41 1948 Truman, HarryHarry Truman Dem. 49.55% 04.48%4.48% 24,179,347 021880552,188,055 Dewey, Thomas E.Thomas Dewey Rep. 53.00%
16 1848 Taylor, ZacharyZachary Taylor Whig 47.28% 04.79%4.79% 1,360,235 00137882137,882 Cass, LewisLewis Cass Dem. 72.70%
21 1868 Grant, UlyssesUlysses Grant Rep. 52.66% 05.32%5.32% 3,013,790 00304810304,810 Seymour, HoratioHoratio Seymour Dem. 78.10%
52 1992 Clinton, BillBill Clinton Dem. 43.01% 05.56%5.56% 44,909,806 058052565,805,256 Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush Rep. 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 Dem. 80.20%
29 1900 McKinley, WilliamWilliam McKinley Rep. 51.64% 06.12%6.12% 7,228,864 00857932857,932 Bryan, William JenningsWilliam Jennings Bryan Dem. 73.20%
17 1852 Pierce, FranklinFranklin Pierce Dem. 50.83% 06.95%6.95% 1,605,943 00219525219,525 Scott, WinfieldWinfield Scott Whig 69.60%
56 2008 Obama, BarackBarack Obama Dem. 52.93% 07.27%7.27% 69,498,516 095491059,550,193 McCain, JohnJohn McCain Rep. 58.23%
40 1944 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin Roosevelt Dem. 53.39% 07.50%7.50% 25,612,916 035949873,594,987 Dewey, Thomas E.Thomas Dewey Rep. 55.90%
51 1988 Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush Rep. 53.37% 07.72%7.72% 48,886,597 070771217,077,121 Dukakis, MichaelMichael Dukakis Dem. 50.15%
53 1996 Clinton, BillBill Clinton Dem. 49.23% 08.51%8.51% 47,400,125 082013708,201,370 Dole, BobBob Dole Rep. 49.08%
31 1908 Taft, WilliamWilliam Taft Rep. 51.57% 08.53%8.53% 7,678,335 012693561,269,356 Bryan, William JenningsWilliam Jennings Bryan Dem. 65.40%
49 1980 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan Rep. 50.75% 09.74%9.74% 43,903,230 084231158,423,115 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter Dem. 52.56%
39 1940 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin Roosevelt Dem. 54.74% 09.96%9.96% 27,313,945 049662014,966,201 Willkie, WendellWendell Willkie Rep. 62.50%
20 1864 Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln Rep. 55.03% 10.08% 2,211,317 00405090405,090 McClellan, George B.George McClellan Dem. 73.80%
19 1860 Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln Rep. 39.65% 10.13% 1,855,993 00474049474,049 Breckinridge, John C.John Breckinridge Dem. 81.20%
42 1952 Eisenhower, DwightDwight Eisenhower Rep. 55.18% 10.85% 34,075,529 067004396,700,439 Stevenson, AdlaiAdlai Stevenson Dem. 63.30%
22 1872 Grant, UlyssesUlysses Grant Rep. 55.58% 11.80% 3,597,439 00763729763,729 Greeley, HoraceHorace Greeley L. R. 71.30%
18 1856 Buchanan, JamesJames Buchanan Dem. 45.29% 12.20% 1,835,140 00494472494,472 Frémont, John C.John Frémont Rep. 78.90%
11 1828 Jackson, AndrewAndrew Jackson Dem. 55.93% 12.25% 642,806 00140839140,839 Adams, John QuincyJohn Quincy Adams N. R. 57.60%
13 1836 Van Buren, MartinMartin Van Buren Dem. 50.79% 14.20% 763,291 00213384213,384 Harrison, WilliamWilliam Henry Harrison Whig 57.80%
32 1912 Wilson, WoodrowWoodrow Wilson Dem. 41.84% 14.44% 6,296,284 021735632,173,563 Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt Prog. 58.80%
43 1956 Eisenhower, DwightDwight Eisenhower Rep. 57.37% 15.40% 35,579,180 095511529,551,152 Stevenson, AdlaiAdlai Stevenson Dem. 60.60%
36 1928 Hoover, HerbertHerbert Hoover Rep. 58.21% 17.41% 21,427,123 064116596,411,659 Smith, AlAl Smith Dem. 56.90%
37 1932 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin Roosevelt Dem. 57.41% 17.76% 22,821,277 070600237,060,023 Hoover, HerbertHerbert Hoover Rep. 56.90%
12 1832 Jackson, AndrewAndrew Jackson Dem. 54.74% 17.81% 702,735 00228628228,628 Clay, HenryHenry Clay N.R. 55.40%
50 1984 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan Rep. 58.77% 18.21% 54,455,472 1687812016,878,120 Mondale, WalterWalter Mondale Dem. 53.11%
30 1904 Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt Rep. 56.42% 18.83% 7,630,557 025466772,546,677 Parker, Alton BrooksAlton Brooks Parker Dem. 65.20%
45 1964 Johnson, LyndonLyndon Johnson Dem. 61.05% 22.58% 43,127,041 1595128715,951,287 Goldwater, BarryBarry Goldwater Rep. 61.92%
47 1972 Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon Rep. 60.67% 23.15% 47,168,710 1799548817,995,488 McGovern, GeorgeGeorge McGovern Dem. 55.21%
38 1936 Roosevelt, FranklinFranklin Roosevelt Dem. 60.80% 24.26% 27,752,648 1107078611,070,786 Landon, AlfAlf Landon Rep. 61.00%
35 1924 Coolidge, CalvinCalvin Coolidge Rep. 54.04% 25.22% 15,723,789 073375477,337,547 Davis, John W.John Davis Dem. 48.90%
34 1920 Harding, WarrenWarren Harding Rep. 60.32% 26.17% 16,144,093 070044327,004,432 Cox, James M.James Cox Dem. 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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