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Election Loser's Percentages

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Data gathered from Dave Leips site.

Only 4 times since the American Civil War has the popular vote loser been elected president (1876, 1888, 2000, 2016).

In 27 of the the 41 elections listed below the loser has garnered more than 40% of the popular vote. That is, in 65.9% or almost in 2 out of 3 elections the loser had almost 1/2 of the voting public in his or her favor.

Only Democratic and Republican party's percentages are shown. Election loser's percentage of the popular vote is in bold. xx indicates losers of the popular vote who were still elected.

1st column shows the election year, 2nd column the Democratic party percentage of the popular vote, 3rd column the Republican party percentage of the popular vote.

2020*** 51.27%*** 46.82%
xx 2016*** 48.02%*** 45.93%
2012*** 51.01%*** 47.15%
2008*** 52.86%*** 45.60%
2004*** 48.26%*** 50.73%
xx 2000*** 48.38%*** 47.87%
1996*** 49.23%*** 40.72%
1992*** 43.01%*** 37.45%
1988*** 45.65%*** 53.37%
1984*** 40.56%*** 58.77%
1980*** 41.01%*** 50.75%
1976*** 50.08%*** 48.01%
1972*** 37.52%*** 60.67%
1968*** 42.72%*** 43.42%
1964*** 61.05%*** 38.47%
1960*** 49.72%*** 49.55%
1956*** 41.97%*** 57.37%
1952*** 44.33%*** 55.18%
1948*** 49.55%*** 45.07%
1944*** 53.39%*** 45.89%
1940*** 54.72%*** 44.77%
1936*** 60.80%*** 36.54%
1932*** 57.41%*** 39.65%
1928*** 40.79%*** 58.22%
1924*** 28.82%*** 54.03%
1920*** 34.12%*** 60.35%
1916*** 49.25%*** 46.11%
1912*** 41.83%*** 23.18%
1908*** 43.04%*** 51.57%
1904*** 37.59%*** 56.42%
1900*** 45.51%*** 51.66%
1896*** 46.71%*** 51.02%
1892*** 46.02%*** 43.01%
xx 1888*** 48.63%*** 47.80%
1884*** 48.85%*** 48.28%
1880*** 48.22%*** 48.31%
xx 1876*** 50.92%*** 47.92%
1872*** 43.78%*** 55.58%
1868*** 47.34%*** 52.66%
1864*** 44.95%*** 55.03%
1860*** 29.52%*** 39.65%

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Thu Dec 31, 2020, 08:50 PM

1. Definitely saving this! Thanks!

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