Failed U.S. Presidential Candidates

You get the election year, who they lost to, whose ticket they ran under (or their political affiliation).
Only candidates that won electoral votes will be counted.
* = became vice president (until 1800)
Some elections will ask you for various numbers of politicians. This is based mostly on my discretion.
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Year
Elected Candidate
Party
Answer
1789
George Washington
Federalist*
John Adams
 
 
Federalist
John Jay
1792
George Washington
Federalist*
John Adams
 
 
Democratic-Republican
George Clinton
1796
John Adams
Democratic-Republican*
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
Federalist
Charles Pinckney
 
 
Democratic-Republican
Aaron Burr
1800
Thomas Jefferson
Democratic-Republican*
Aaron Burr
 
 
Federalist
John Adams
 
 
Federalist
Charles Pinckney
1804
Thomas Jefferson
Federalist
Charles Pinckney
1808
James Madison
Federalist
Charles Pinckney
 
 
Democratic-Republican
George Clinton
1812
James Madison
Federalist
Dewitt Clinton
1816
James Monroe
Federalist
Rufus King
1820
James Monroe
Independent (Federalist)
John Quincy Adams
1824
John Quincy Adams
Democratic-Republican
Andrew Jackson
 
 
Democratic-Republican
William Crawford
 
 
Democratic-Republican
Henry Clay
1828
Andrew Jackson
National Republican
John Quincy Adams
1832
Andrew Jackson
National Republican
Henry Clay
 
 
Independent/Nullifier
John Floyd
 
 
Anti-Masonic
William Wirt
1836
Martin Van Buren
Whig
William Henry Harrison
 
 
Whig
Hugh White
 
 
Whig
Daniel Webster
 
 
Whig
W.P. Magnum
1840
William Henry Harrison
Democratic
Martin Van Buren
1844
James Knox Polk
Whig
Henry Clay
1848
Zachary Taylor
Democratic
Lewis Cass
1852
Franklin Pierce
Whig
Winfield Scott
1856
James Buchanan
Republican
John C. Fremont
 
 
American (Know-Nothing)
Millard Fillmore
1860
Abraham Lincoln
Democratic
John Breckinridge
 
 
Constitutional Union
John Bell
 
 
Democratic
Stephen Douglas
1864
Abraham Lincoln
Democratic
George McClellan
1868
Ulysses Simpson Grant
Democratic
Horatio Seymour
1872
Ulysses Simpson Grant
Democratic (died before election)
Horace Greeley
1876
Rutherford Birchard Hayes
Democratic
Samuel Jones Tilden
Year
Elected Candidate
Party
Answer
1880
James Garfield
Democratic
Winfield Hancock
1884
Grover Cleveland
Republican
James Blaine
1888
Benjamin Harrison
Democratic
Grover Cleveland
1892
Grover Cleveland
Republican
Benjamin Harrison
 
 
People's (Populist)
James Weaver
1896
William McKinley
Democratic-Populist
William Jennings Bryan
1900
William McKinley
Democratic-Populist
William Jennings Bryan
1904
Theodore Roosevelt
Democratic
Alton Parker
1908
William Howard Taft
Democratic
William Jennings Bryan
1912
Woodrow Wilson
Progressive (Bull Moose)
Theodore Roosevelt
 
 
Republican
William Howard Taft
1916
Woodrow Wilson
Republican
Charles Hughes
1920
Warren G. Harding
Democratic
James Middleton Cox
1924
Calvin Coolidge
Democratic
John Davis
 
 
Progressive
Robert La Follette
1928
Herbert Hoover
Democratic
Alfred Smith
1932
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Republican
Herbert Hoover
1936
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Republican
Alfred Landon
1940
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Republican
Wendell Willkie
1944
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Republican
Thomas Dewey
1948
Harry S. Truman
Republican
Thomas Dewey
 
 
States' Rights Democratic (Dixiecrat)
J. Strom Thurmond
1952
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Democratic
Adlai Stevenson
1956
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Democratic
Adlai Stevenson
1960
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Republican
Richard Nixon
1964
Lyndon B. Johnson
Republican
Barry Goldwater
1968
Richard Nixon
Democratic
Hubert Humphrey
 
 
American Independent
George Wallace
1972
Richard Nixon
Democratic
George McGovern
1976
Jimmy Carter
Republican
Gerald Ford
1980
Ronald Reagan
Democratic
Jimmy Carter
1984
Ronald Reagan
Democratic
Walter Mondale
1988
George H. W. Bush
Democratic
Michael Dukakis
1992
Bill Clinton
Republican
George Bush
1996
Bill Clinton
Republican
Robert Dole
2000
George W. Bush
Democratic
Al Gore
2004
George W. Bush
Democratic
John Kerry
2008
Barack Obama
Republican
John McCain
2012
Barack Obama
Republican
Mitt Romney
2016
Donald Trump
Democratic
Hillary Clinton
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