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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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Last updated: November 09, 2016
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Year
Candidate
2016
Hillary Clinton
2012
Mitt Romney
2008
John McCain
2004
John Kerry
2000
Al Gore
1996
Bob Dole
1992
George H.W. Bush
1992
Ross Perot
1988
Michael Dukakis
1984
Walter Mondale
1980
Jimmy Carter
1976
Gerald Ford
1972
George McGovern
1968
Hubert Humphrey
1968
George Wallace
1964
Barry Goldwater
1960
Richard Nixon
1956
Adlai Stevenson
1952
Adlai Stevenson
1948
Thomas Dewey
1944
Thomas Dewey
1940
Wendell Willkie
1936
Alf Landon
Year
Candidate
1932
Herbert Hoover
1928
Al Smith
1924
John Davis
1924
Robert La Follette, Sr.
1920
James Cox
1916
Charles Evans Hughes
1912
Theodore Roosevelt
1912
William Taft
1908
William Jennings Bryan
1904
Alton B. Parker
1900
William Jennings Bryan
1896
William Jennings Bryan
1892
Benjamin Harrison
1888
Grover Cleveland
1884
James Blaine
1880
Winfield Hancock
1876
Samuel Tilden
1872
Horace Greeley
1868
Horatio Seymour
1864
George McClellan
1860
John Breckinridge
1860
Stephen Douglas
1860
John Bell
Year
Candidate
1856
John Fremont
1856
Millard Fillmore
1852
Winfield Scott
1848
Lewis Cass
1848
Martin Van Buren
1844
Henry Clay
1840
Martin Van Buren
1836
William Henry Harrison
1832
Henry Clay
1828
John Quincy Adams
1824
Henry Clay
1824
William Crawford
1824
Andrew Jackson
1820
Uncontested
1816
Rufus King
1812
DeWitt Clinton
1808
Charles Pinckney
1804
Charles Pinckney
1800
John Adams
1796
Thomas Jefferson
1792
Uncontested
1789
Uncontested
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level 81
Nov 7, 2012
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.
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level 81
Nov 11, 2016
Four years later and back for another round. We survived the last 4 years, so I suppose we'll make it out alive this time around too. See you in 4 more years!
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level 59
Apr 26, 2017
4 Years Later and... wait lemme get my time machine.
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level 17
Nov 7, 2012
How did only 98% of people get romney?
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level 75
Jan 6, 2013
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.
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level 45
Jul 13, 2014
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).
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level 32
Feb 15, 2017
Al Smith was the first Catholic nominated by one of the major parties. Obviously not the first winner (Kennedy).
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level 67
Nov 11, 2016
Do you remember the name of the losing candidate of last year's elections in Japan? In China? Germany?
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level 70
Feb 17, 2017
No I don't. Because no one really cares about Japanese elections, nor should they. USA USA USA
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level 52
Feb 23, 2018
Japan has upwards of 127 million residents. I suspect they do a bit of caring about who leads their country.
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level 56
Aug 17, 2017
In a century from now, the likes of Dewey (lost in a big upset), Clinton (most successful First Lady ever in her own right), Goldwater (conservative hero) and McGovern (liberal hero) will all be vastly more remember than Romney, McCain and Kerry I suspect.
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level 66
Nov 2, 2017
Clinton will only be remembered as "Bill's wife". Her only success has been riding the coattails of her husband. She is already irrelevant while McCain, Romney, and Kerry are still making things happen
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level 47
Nov 6, 2017
Mrs. Clinton over Eleanor Roosevelt? I think you probably forgot her. Happens to me too.
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level 52
Feb 23, 2018
Clinton? Most successful first lady ever? She's the one who was cheated on while in office. Kind of an interesting choice there, bud.
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level 47
Nov 6, 2017
They self-deported.
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level 75
Jan 6, 2013
Henry Clay, most accomplished loser in presidential history. I remember learning about him in 10th grade history.
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level 43
Mar 27, 2013
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.
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level 75
Jun 1, 2013
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.
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level 75
Jun 1, 2013
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.
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level 73
Jun 23, 2015
Based on what I learned in history class, the biggest injustice to the office of the president was the fact that neither Henry Clay nor William Jennings Bryan held office. Both would have been more competent than the presidents that we had during that time. Perhaps we wouldn't have had a depression in the mid 1800s had Clay been there. Maybe we would have actually had a competent president at the turn of the century instead of a revolving door of one-term buffoons if Bryan took office. Who knows.
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level 66
Nov 2, 2017
John Adams is the second most qualified person to win the Presidency. Donald Trump was more qualified when he took office.
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level 49
Feb 20, 2018
uh no.
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level 55
Sep 24, 2018
How was Trump qualified? What qualifications did he have? He didn't even have any relevant experience. I think this is nonsense.
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level 75
Sep 24, 2018
Peepig your comments are like the living embodiment of Poe's Law, I swear. Donald Trump is the LEAST qualified person to ever seek the office of president. EVER. THIS is his list of accomplishments prior to winning the presidency while losing the popular vote by 3 million votes:
1. born rich
2. got huge sums of money from daddy
3. lied to get his way on the Forbes 400
4. used his place on the Forbes 400 to con his way into exploiting other people out of large sums of money
5. squandered all the money he ever inherited or stole, declaring bankruptcy six times, and being worth far less today than he would have been had he done nothing but invest in a mutual fund
6. ran almost every business, casino, and property he was associated with straight into the ground, in spite of employing illegal immigrants and routinely not paying contractors for work they did
7. had his name put on a book that he didn't write or have anything to do with
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level 84
Nov 22, 2015
William Jennings Bryan John Scopes monkey trial (look up)
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level 78
Jul 13, 2016
Why the picture of Dewey, just out of curiosity?
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level 70
Aug 6, 2016
When the Republicans nominated him in 1944 Eleanor Roosevelt famously said that he looked like the little man on the top of the wedding cake. And the Chicago Tribune prematurely declared him the winner in 1948, which might cement his role in history as the man who finished second. The Trib still hasn't gotten over it: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/chi-chicagodays-deweydefeats-story-story.html. It probably never will.
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level 75
Nov 11, 2016
Several copies of Newsweek's "Madam President" issue were sold before sales were stopped and the remaining ones recalled. The President Trump issue will be shipped next week. Oops. http://nypost.com/2016/11/09/national-recall-after-newsweek-misfires-with-clinton-cover/
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level 56
Aug 17, 2017
Because he was probably the loser who was most expected to win beforehand. Well, at least until 2016.
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level 66
Nov 2, 2017
Regular people knew that Trump was going to win in a landslide. The corrupt media were the only people who thought Bill's wife would win.
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level 78
Mar 25, 2019
Sometimes I feel like you’re doing this on purpose.
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level 47
Nov 6, 2017
Tallulah Bankhead called him "the man on the wedding cake."
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level 60
Oct 30, 2016
In 1848 Martin Van Buren won 10.1% of the popular vote as the Free Soil candidate
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level ∞
Nov 9, 2016
Added that. Thanks.
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level 71
Nov 10, 2016
Everyone seems to know about DeWitt Clinton in 1812 now. Is this the luckiest Jetpunk type-in ever?
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level 72
Nov 10, 2016
Hugh Johnson, Times person of the year 1933, gives him a good run for his money.
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level 43
Nov 11, 2016
No, when you type in Clinton, that appears with it.
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level 81
Nov 11, 2016
Yes, we are aware. It was a joke.
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level 44
Nov 11, 2016
Interesting to see the 2012 comments at the last election. Just finished US election and Donald Trump is president. Will be interesting to say the least.
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level 37
Nov 11, 2016
You can get suprisingly far by typing in actual former Presidents. Good on them for not giving up after one go.
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level 70
Nov 11, 2016
Typing Harrison only got me one answer. Just William not Benjamin
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level ∞
Nov 12, 2016
It gave me both. I blame gremlins.
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level 59
Sep 3, 2017
Oh those Gremlins! (Laugh Track)
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level 72
Nov 11, 2016
Shouldn't Strom Thurmond be on this list? He ran in 1948 as a Dixiecrat and won 39 electoral votes.
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level 32
Feb 23, 2017
However, I don't think he won the necessary popular vote % to appear on here. I agree with you, and would include him, considering that the electoral vote is how the President is decided. Thurmond was infinitely closer to the Presidency in the end than someone like Perot who won literally millions of votes, but no electors to show for it.
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level 45
Nov 11, 2016
Brutal but fun quiz. I got 49% right but 82% percentile overall.
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level 35
Nov 11, 2016
I thought that Aaron Burr tied with Thomas Jefferson in the election of 1800.
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level 32
Feb 15, 2017
Same. I also tried to enter his name.
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level 60
Nov 11, 2016
Poor old Eugene Debs never made 10%
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level 51
Apr 26, 2017
I guessed him as well haha
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level 60
Nov 12, 2016
I managed to be the one dummy who didn't get DeWitt Clinton...
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level 50
Nov 14, 2016
Good quiz!
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level 64
Nov 14, 2016
Makes me want to throw up, having to type Hillary Clinton's name as the losing candidate. God help us the next four years.
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level 37
Nov 17, 2016
Make America Great Again!
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level 63
Dec 6, 2016
Makes me happy and almost want to cry of joy for seeing her on here.
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level 34
Feb 10, 2018
Same. God bless America
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level 70
Jan 27, 2017
It is beautiful seeing her name on the top of the list. The biggest loser in history.
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level 49
Feb 2, 2017
I agree!
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level 35
Apr 13, 2018
Why does it not work when I type in 'Felonia von Pantsuit'? She was the loser in 2016. And what a loser...
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level 63
Jan 7, 2017
Press F to pay respects to Horace Greely, the only candidate to have died during an election process.
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level 48
Aug 25, 2017
F
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level 32
Feb 15, 2017
Interestingly enough, Strom Thurmond earned about 2% of the vote in 1948, yet still won the electoral vote in 4 Southern States. Rules of the quiz didn't admit him, and rightfully so, but I tried him anyway, to no avail.
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level 46
Apr 3, 2017
aaron burr?
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level 51
Apr 26, 2017
poor william jennings bryan and henry clay..
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level 44
Aug 25, 2017
DeWitt Clinton is the second most guessed person on this quiz... I wonder why? ;)
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level 53
Oct 16, 2017
Presidential "one-term wonders" sure helped on this one. But why, oh why couldn't I come up with Dewey?! I could see the newspaper pic of Truman, with the bold headline over his head, "________ Defeats Truman". But I couldn't fill in the blank! (And no, the pic at the top of the quiz didn't help. More's the pity.)
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level 35
Apr 13, 2018
Clinton, Ford, Douglas, Hughes and many more (if you pay) don't have to lose: change history and make them win here!
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level 69
Apr 15, 2018
Everything back to 1944, then not much - mainly just the presidents who had failed runs for office before winning or lost office.
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level 8
Apr 27, 2018
I did not do well on this quiz got the latest ones and that’s all,
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level 67
Jul 5, 2018
15/57 were also President.
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level 51
Jan 26, 2019
Horatio Seymour- the best name ever
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