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List of United States presidential elections by popular vote margin
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{{short description|Wikimedia list article}}{{one source|date=November 2016}}(File:US Presidential elections popular votes since 1900.png|thumb|Comparison of the popular vote totals since 1900.WEB,weblink Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, uselectionatlas.org, 12 November 2017, {{legend|red|Republican}}{{legend|blue|Democrat}}{{legend|grey|All other candidates together}})In a United States presidential election, the popular vote is the total number or percentage of votes cast for a candidate by voters in the 50 states and Washington, D.C.; the candidate who gets the most votes nationwide is said to have won the popular vote. However, the popular vote is not used to determine who is elected as the nation's president or vice president. Thus it is possible for the winner of the popular vote to end up losing the election, an outcome that has occurred on five occasions, most recently in the 2016 election. This is because presidential elections are indirect elections; the votes cast on Election Day are not cast directly for a candidate, but for members of the Electoral College. The Electoral College's electors then formally elect the president and vice president.WEB, Clinton on pace to win popular vote despite losing election, November 9, 2016,weblink CBS News, March 31, 2019, WEB, How it happened: Clinton wins popular vote but loses Election, Bostedt, Shelbie Lynn, November 9, 2016,weblink RedEye, Chicago Tribune, March 31, 2019, The Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides the procedure by which the president and vice president are elected.

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The table below is a list of United States presidential elections by popular vote margin. It 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.{| class="sortable wikitable" style="text-align:right;" valign=bottom! colspan=2 | Election! colspan=2 | {{nowrap|Winner & party}}! colspan=2 | {{nowrap|Electoral College}}! colspan=4 | {{nowrap|Popular vote}}! colspan=2 | {{nowrap|Runner-up & party}}! TurnoutWEB,weblink National General Election VEP Turnout Rates, 1789-Present, McDonald, Michael P., 11 June 2014, United States Elections Project, 16 November 2016,
! colspan=2 |!!!data-sort-type="number"|Votes!data-sort-type="number"|%!data-sort-type="number"|%!data-sort-type="number"|Margin!data-sort-type="number"|Votes!data-sort-type="number"|Margin!!!data-sort-type="number"|
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1824 United States presidential election>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%
bgcolor="navajowhite"| 23
1876 United States presidential election>1876 Hayes,Rutherford Hayes Rep.| 185/369| 50.14%| 47.92%| −3.00%| 4,034,142| −252,666 Tilden,Samuel Tilden Dem.| 82.6%
bgcolor="navajowhite"| 58
2016 United States presidential election>2016 Trump,Donald Trump Rep.| 304/538| 56.50%| 46.09%| −2.09%| 62,984,828| −2,868,686 Clinton,Hillary Clinton Dem.| 60.2%
bgcolor="navajowhite"| 26
1888 United States presidential election>1888 Harrison,Benjamin Harrison Rep.| 233/401| 58.10%| 47.80%| −0.83%| 5,443,633| −94,530 Cleveland,Grover Cleveland Dem.| 80.5%
bgcolor="navajowhite"| 54
2000 United States presidential election>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%
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1880 United States presidential election>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%
bgcolor="#FFDDF4"| 44
1960 United States presidential election>1960 Kennedy,John Kennedy Dem.| 303/537| 56.42%| 49.72%| 0.17%| 34,220,984| 112,827Nixon,Richard Nixon Rep.| 63.8%
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1884 United States presidential election>1884 Cleveland,Grover Cleveland Dem.| 219/401| 54.61%| 48.85%| 0.57%| 4,914,482| 57,579 Blaine,James Blaine Rep.| 78.2%
bgcolor="#FFDDF4"| 46
1968 United States presidential election>1968 Nixon,Richard Nixon Rep.| 301/538| 55.95%| 43.42%| 0.70%| 31,783,783| 511,944 Humphrey,Hubert Humphrey Dem.| 62.5%
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1844 United States presidential election>1844 Polk,James Polk Dem.| 170/275| 61.82%| 49.54%| 1.45%| 1,339,570| 39,413 Clay,Henry Clay Whig| 79.2%
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1976 United States presidential election>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%
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2004 United States presidential election>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%
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1892 United States presidential election>1892 Cleveland,Grover Cleveland Dem.| 277/444| 62.39%| 46.02%| 3.01%| 5,553,898| 363,099 Harrison,Benjamin Harrison Rep.| 75.8%
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1916 United States presidential election>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%
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2012 United States presidential election>2012 Obama,Barack Obama Dem.| 332/538| 61.71%| 51.06%| 3.86%| 65,915,795| 4,982,291 Romney,Mitt Romney Rep.| 58.6%
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1896 United States presidential election>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%
bgcolor="#FFDDF4"| 41
1948 United States presidential election>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%
bgcolor="#FFDDF4"| 16
1848 United States presidential election>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 United States presidential election>1868 Grant,Ulysses Grant Rep.| 214/294| 72.79%| 52.66%| 5.32%| 3,013,790| 304,810 Seymour,Horatio Seymour Dem.| 80.9%
bgcolor="#FFDDF4"| 52
1992 United States presidential election>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%
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1840 United States presidential election>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%
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1900 United States presidential election>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%
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1852 United States presidential election>1852 Pierce,Franklin Pierce Dem.| 254/296| 85.81%| 50.83%| 6.95%| 1,605,943| 219,525 Scott,Winfield Scott Whig| 69.5%
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2008 United States presidential election>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%
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1944 United States presidential election>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 United States presidential election>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%
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1996 United States presidential election>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%
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1908 United States presidential election>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%
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1980 United States presidential election>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%
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1940 United States presidential election>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 United States presidential election>1864 Lincoln,Abraham Lincoln Rep.| 212/233| 90.99%| 55.03%| 10.08%| 2,211,317| 405,090 McClellan,George McClellan Dem.| 76.3%
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1860 United States presidential election>1860 Lincoln,Abraham Lincoln Rep.| 180/303| 59.41%| 39.65%| 10.13%| 1,855,993| 474,049 Breckinridge,John Breckinridge Dem.| 81.8%
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1952 United States presidential election>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 United States presidential election>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%
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1856 United States presidential election>1856 Buchanan,James Buchanan Dem.| 174/296| 58.78%| 45.29%| 12.20%| 1,835,140| 494,472 Frémont,John Frémont Rep.| 79.4%
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1828 United States presidential election>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%
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1836 United States presidential election>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%
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1912 United States presidential election>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%
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1956 United States presidential election>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%
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1928 United States presidential election>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%
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1932 United States presidential election>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 United States presidential election>1832 Jackson,Andrew Jackson Dem.| 219/286| 76.57%| 54.74%| 17.81%| 702,735| 228,628 Clay,Henry Clay N. R.| 57.0%
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1984 United States presidential election>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%
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1904 United States presidential election>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%
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1964 United States presidential election>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%
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1972 United States presidential election>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%
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1936 United States presidential election>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%
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1924 United States presidential election>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%
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1920 United States presidential election>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%
{{notelist}}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. Until the 1864 election, some states chose their Presidential electors without a popular vote, so results from 1824 to 1860 are not truly nationwide values.

Timeline

(File:PartyVotes-Presidents.png|thumb|left|1000px|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.){{clear}}

See also

References

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External links

  • weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120825102042weblink">How close were U.S. Presidential Elections? - Michael Sheppard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
{{United States presidential elections}}{{Lists of US Presidents and Vice Presidents}}

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