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 88
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 66
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 66
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 85
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 72
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 63
Aug 24, 2016
Since 1968
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Level 45
Mar 7, 2016
Feel the Bern!!!
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Level 83
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 84
Mar 13, 2017
Headers STILL say "Governor" instead of "Senator"
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Level 66
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 83
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 84
Apr 4, 2021
Also, I think Republicans run more Governors and Representatives.
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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 48
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 81
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 81
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 81
Apr 13, 2020
What about Strom Thurmond?
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Level 53
Apr 13, 2020
Most Obvious omission is Barry Goldwater
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Level 75
Apr 13, 2020
Along with everyone else before 1968.
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Level 59
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...
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Level 70
Nov 1, 2020
Didn't Booker get 3% of the vote?
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Level 46
Nov 10, 2020
no
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Level 37
Dec 30, 2020
Elizabeth Warren got 7% of 2020 Democratic primary vote
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Level ∞
Dec 30, 2020
Looks like you are right. She must have got some more votes in garbage time. Unfortunately, we've already updated the quiz for this election cycle so the update will have to wait until 2024.