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Losing Presidential Candidates

Name the candidates who got at least 10% of the vote, but still lost.
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1789
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(68)
Completing the top entry of this quiz has given me a certain sense of closure on the 2012 election. Good luck to us all in the next four years.
Nov 7, 2012
(19)
How did only 98% of people get romney?
Nov 7, 2012
(56)
He's just that forgettable. I got most back to 1960, and the first few, plus most that ran unsuccessfully for a 2nd term or had an unsuccessful 1st bid before they won. I also got Al Smith just on a complete guess, whoever that is, when I was typing in random common names.
Jan 6, 2013
jennywren21
(39)
Same for me; I have only been voting since the 90's; so after that I started with other presidents, knowing that some would have lost their first bid, and after that, it was Smith, Parker, etc- common last names (which is also a fun quiz on here too).
Jul 13, 2014
(56)
Henry Clay, most accomplished loser in presidential history. I remember learning about him in 10th grade history.
Jan 6, 2013
(43)
You mean loser who didn't end up winning eventually I expect...Henry Clay is an accomplished political figure, but he doesn't rank above John Adams or Thomas Jefferson I would think. As for Adams, I believe that at the time he ran for President he was, and still stands as, the most accomplished person ever to be elected President for the 1st time. He had been the driving force at the Continental Congress in declaring Independence, had gone to Paris and then to Amsterdam to negotiate alliances and was a signatory and negotiator of the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War, served as the 1st US Ambassador to Great Britain, and was then of course the first Vice President. With all of that to his credit, I would put Adams still to this day as the most qualified man ever elected President. Both he, Jefferson, and some others on the list who were Presidents before or after they lost, are also more accomplished than Clay.
Mar 27, 2013
(56)
yes, I meant that Clay was a loser in that he repeatedly ran and lost and never actually won. He was much better at losing presidential races than almost anyone unless you want to count people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, or Lyndon LaRouche.. but they were never serious contenders.
Of course Clay's accomplishments didn't even come close to matching Adams' or Jefferson's or Roosevelt's, who all later won.
Jun 1, 2013
(56)
William Jennings Bryan was another one who was always running and losing. I remember learning about him, as well. He's tied with Clay here for most appearances. Though Clay's career of losing elections was longer than Bryan's. He was at it for 20+ years.
Jun 1, 2013
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