Senators Who Ran For President

Name the senators and former senators who have run for president since 1968 and who received more than 3% of the primary or general election vote.
Parties: Democratic, Republican
Does not include Mitt Romney who ran for President before becoming Senator
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Last updated: March 18, 2020
First submittedMarch 2, 2016
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Year
State
Senator
2020
Delaware
Joe Biden
2020
Vermont
Bernie Sanders
2016
New York
Hillary Clinton
2016
Vermont
Bernie Sanders
2016
Texas
Ted Cruz
2016
Florida
Marco Rubio
2012
Illinois
Barack Obama
2012
Pennsylvania
Rick Santorum
2008
Illinois
Barack Obama
2008
Arizona
John McCain
2008
New York
Hillary Clinton
2004
Massachusetts
John Kerry
2004
North Carolina
John Edwards
2000
Tennessee
Al Gore
2000
New Jersey
Bill Bradley
2000
Arizona
John McCain
1996
Kansas
Bob Dole
1992
Massachusetts
Paul Tsongas
1988
Kansas
Bob Dole
Year
State
Senator
1988
Tennessee
Al Gore
1988
Illinois
Paul Simon
1984
Minnesota
Walter Mondale
1984
Colorado
Gary Hart
1980
Massachusetts
Ted Kennedy
1976
Idaho
Frank Church
1976
Washington
Henry M. Jackson
1972
California
Richard Nixon
1972
South Dakota
George McGovern
1972
Maine
Edmund Muskie
1972
Washington
Henry M. Jackson
1968
California
Richard Nixon
1968
Minnesota
Hubert Humphrey
1968
Minnesota
Eugene McCarthy
1968
New York
Robert Kennedy
1968
Ohio
Steven M. Young
1968
Texas
Lyndon B. Johnson
1968
Florida
George Smathers
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Level ∞
Mar 2, 2016
Surprisingly, our other quiz, Governors Who Ran For President, may not have to be updated. (Although Kasich still has a chance to sneak in).
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Level 87
Mar 2, 2016
Also Lyndon Johnson decided not to run for re-election as President in 1968 due to the Vietnam War,
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Level ∞
Mar 2, 2016
Not before he had already won New Hampshire and garnered 5% of the primary votes.
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Level 65
Mar 3, 2016
You forgot Joe Biden.
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Level ∞
Mar 3, 2016
He didn't even win a single delegate!
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Level 65
Mar 5, 2016
Sure, but Santorum is in this list. It doesn't say "ran, and did well."
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Level 30
Jan 22, 2017
But Santorum won something at least
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Level ∞
Mar 18, 2020
Biden did much better this time around.
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Level 72
Apr 13, 2020
@Quizmaster Only after voters gave up on literally every other moderate alternative!
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Level 83
Mar 3, 2016
I wonder if Paul Simon's running mate would be Art Garfunkel. (I know it's not the same guy, but still.)
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Level 49
Mar 5, 2016
Lol
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Level 71
Mar 4, 2016
Arlen Specter?
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Level 11
Mar 5, 2016
you should add jfk. he ran for president as senator
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Level 64
Aug 24, 2016
Since 1968
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Level 45
Mar 7, 2016
Feel the Bern!!!
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Level 81
Jul 29, 2018
He did.
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Level 35
Nov 10, 2016
Bernie Sanders is not Democrat, I think he's Independent (he caucuses with the democrats).
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Level 45
Nov 23, 2017
True but he ran in the Democratic primary so the quiz is accurate.
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Level 45
Jan 5, 2017
what about Elizabeth dole
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Level 30
Jan 22, 2017
Forgot John Kerry. For some reason, he's the guy I forget on every quiz
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Level 69
Apr 14, 2020
Being forgettable had everything to do with why Kerry lost.
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Level 83
Mar 13, 2017
Headers STILL say "Governor" instead of "Senator"
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Level 62
Jul 23, 2018
I find it interesting that the majority of these people are Democrats. Is there a good reason for this or is it just a coincidence?
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Level 81
Jul 29, 2018
There's never a good reason to run for President.
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Level ∞
Mar 18, 2020
Traditionally the Republicans were more of a party machine where one candidate was anointed by the party leaders earlier in the process, meaning there were fewer candidates overall. That all changed in 2016 obviously.
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Level ∞
Mar 18, 2020
Note: Elizabeth Warren garnered 72 delegates in 2020 which is only 1.8% of the total.
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Level 45
Mar 19, 2020
But the inclusion criteria says 3% of the vote, not 3% of convention delegates. Warren currently has 10.1% of the vote
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Level 80
Mar 18, 2020
Instructions are ambiguous as to whether a current senator who formerly ran for president (e.g. Romney) qualifies.
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Level ∞
Mar 18, 2020
Added a caveat
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Level 80
Apr 13, 2020
if that's the rule it ought to be a more general caveat and not specifically about Romney
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Level 80
Apr 13, 2020
What about Strom Thurmond?
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Level 72
Apr 13, 2020
Do you mean Biden’s old buddy?
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Level 80
Apr 13, 2020
No I mean the long-serving Republican senator who ran for president in 1948 as the nominee of the Dixiecrat party, with whom Biden and many other Senators had to work alongside for decades whether they liked it or not, and figure out ways to compromise or pass legislation with in spite of vast ideological differences and the fact that they were in no sense ever "buddies." Someone so completely different from Biden that citing Biden's ability to work with him would be helpful to and illustrative of the point that Biden is a pragmatic and hard-working realist that can get things done even with the most determined of his ideological foes. Except that many people are too willfully obtuse to talk honestly about what politicians actually say.
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Level 72
Apr 13, 2020
If Joe Biden wants to be bipartisan by working with Strom Thurmond on issues that actually help the American people (like an infrastructure bill), then he should, by all means. But Joe worked with Strom on preventing bussing legislation. You do not get to work with segregationists to maintain segregation in the name of “bipartisanship” and “states’ rights” while getting off scot-free. Also, I think that anyone that gets invited to give a eulogy at your funeral is probably a bit more than just an acquaintance.
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Level 80
Apr 15, 2020
I didn't say he was an acquaintance. You said that he was a buddy. You're being ridiculous. They were coworkers that respected each other and worked on legislation together. Whenever Biden talked about their close working relationship it was *always* in the context of "hey, this guy and I are totally opposed ideologically, isn't it crazy that we are able to work together?" There were legitimate reasons to oppose busing in the 1980s that had nothing to do with maintaining segregation. Though this may very well have been Thurmond's motivation for opposing any such legislation, it's completely implausible that it was also Biden's. Read any honest article on the subject, ffs...
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Level 72
Apr 15, 2020
Joe has called Strom his “closest friend” which is an even stronger statement than just a buddy, so if anything I was being too generous. Bussing does have its share of problems, but Biden wasn’t offering any other solutions to achieve desegregation. If he opposed it because he had his own proposal to ensure an equal national funding for all schools, then that would be one thing. Instead he voted against it because he was against “federally-mandated” bussing, the same states’ rights excuse that white people have been using to hide their sins since the civil war.
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Level 80
Apr 21, 2020
You are misquoting the headline of an article, which is misquoting a quote from Biden transcribed in that article, which is taken out of context and in the original context meant something exactly like what I described. You're being ridiculous and either deliberately or accidentally dishonest, in addition to being ironically racist.
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Level 54
Apr 13, 2020
Most Obvious omission is Barry Goldwater
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Level 73
Apr 13, 2020
Along with everyone else before 1968.
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Level 57
Apr 13, 2020
Great quiz!
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Level 31
Jun 4, 2020
I know it wouldn't be people's first picks, but could you accept "Bernard Sanders" for Sanders, I'm not sure if Joseph is accepted for Biden though...