US Presidential Elections Won
By Electoral Vote
But Not By Popular Vote
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1824: Andrew Jackson vs John Quincy Adams

In this election, Andrew Jackson received 44,804 more popular votes than John Quincy Adams.
Popular Vote Totals     Jackson (153,544)     John Quincy Adams (108,740)

Andrew Jackson also received the most electoral votes, 99, but he did not receive the required 131 majority.
According to the Twelfth Amendment, when no candidate obtains a majority of electoral votes, the election is decided by the House of Representatives, which gave John Quincy Adams the majority of electoral votes and therefore the Presidency.
This provoked great bitterness for Jackson and his supporters, who proclaimed John Quincy Adams' election a "corrupt bargain".


1876: Samuel J. Tilden vs Rutherford B. Hayes

The 1876 election was one of the most controversial presidential elections in American history.
Governor of New York, Samuel J. Tilden received 252,666 more popular votes than Rutherford B. Hayes, Governor of Ohio.
Popular Vote Totals     Tilden (4,286,808 or 50.92%)    Hayes (4,034,142 or 47.92%)

Tilden won 184 electoral votes (needing just one more for a majority) and Hayes received 165, leaving 20 electoral votes unresolved in Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oregon.
The Democrats needed just one more electoral vote for the Presidency, but in essence, they were quite willing to relinquish the Presidency in exchange for the end of Reconstruction in the South and returning the South to its antebellum politics. So, they struck a deal with Congress (the Compromise of 1877), which outright gave all 20 electoral votes (and the Presidency) to Hayes. In return, Hayes officially ended Reconstruction and withdrew all federal troops from the Southern states.

Tilden lost the election by one electoral vote and Hayes' detractors referred to him as "Rutherfraud", "His Fraudulency" and called the Compromise of 1877 a "corrupt bargain".
(Does "corrupt bargain" sound familiar? See the election of 1824.)


1888: Grover Cleveland vs Benjamin Harrison

The 1888 election saw Democratic President Grover Cleveland from New York trying to secure a second term against Republican Benjamin Harrison a former U.S. Senator from Indiana.
Popular Vote Totals     Cleveland (5,534,488 or 48.63%)     Harrison (5,443,892 or 47.80%)

Cleveland's Popular Vote Lead Was 90,596

In many states, the popular vote was extremely close (about 1%), most notably New York, where the Tammany Hall political machine was extremely powerful. When Grover Cleveland was Governor of New York, he fought political corruption especially Tammany Hall. Now that Cleveland needed the 36 New York electoral votes, Tammany Hall helped deny Cleveland those votes of his home state.
Although Cleveland had the popular vote plurality, his 168 electoral votes to Harrison's 233, made Benjamin Harrison the President.
Had those votes gone to Cleveland instead of Harrison the final electoral vote total would have been Cleveland 204, Harrison 197 and Cleveland would have been re-elected.


2000: Vice President Al Gore / Senator Joe Lieberman
vs
George W Bush, Governor of Texas / Dick Cheney

This election concluded in Florida, where a very narrow difference in votes triggered a mandatory recount as well as additional recounts ultimately reaching the United States Supreme Court.
On December, 2000, the Court's controversial decision ended the recounts, thereby awarding Florida's electoral votes to Bush and granting him the Presidency.
Popular Vote Totals     Gore (50,999,897 or 48.40%)    Bush (50,456,002 or 47.90%)

Gore's Popular Vote Lead Was 543,895 votes.


2016: Hillary Clinton / Tim Kaine, US Senator from Virginia
vs
Donald J. Trump / Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana

Although Hillary Clinton lost the electoral college vote to Donald Trump, she won the popular vote by over 2.8 MILLION.
Popular Vote Totals     Hillary Clinton 65,844,610 (48.2%)     Donald Trump 62,979,636 votes (46.1%)

Hillary Clinton's Popular Vote Lead is 2,864,974 votes. (2.1%)

 Source: The Cook Political Report

December 20, 2016   20:00 EST



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