U.S. Political Parties in History

Name all U.S. political parties that have ever received 1% or more of the popular vote in a Presidential election.
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Last updated: December 29, 2019
First submittedJanuary 30, 2013
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Most Successful Election
Party
81%
James Monroe (1820)
Democratic-Republican
61%
Lyndon B. Johnson (1964)
Democratic
61%
Richard Nixon (1972)
Republican
55%
Abraham Lincoln (1864)
National Union
53%
John Adams (1796)
Federalist
53%
William Henry Harrison (1840)
Whig
44%
John Quincy Adams (1828)
National Republican
27%
Theodore Roosevelt (1912)
Progressive (Bull Moose)
22%
Millard Fillmore (1856)
American (Know Nothing)
17%
Robert M. La Follette (1924)
Progressive
14%
George Wallace (1968)
American Independent
13%
John Bell (1860)
Constitutional Union
10%
Martin Van Buren (1848)
Free Soil
Most Successful Election
Party
9%
James B. Weaver (1892)
People's (Populist)
8%
Ross Perot (1996)
Reform
8%
William Wirt (1832)
Anti-Masonic
6%
Eugene V. Debs (1912)
Socialist
3%
Gary Johnson (2016)
Libertarian
3%
James B. Weaver (1880)
Greenback Labor
3%
Ralph Nader (2000)
Green
2%
Strom Thurmond (1948)
States' Rights (Dixiecrat)
2%
Henry A. Wallace (1948)
Independent Progressive
2%
James G. Birney (1844)
Liberty
2%
Clinton B. Fisk (1888)
Prohibition
2%
William Lemke (1936)
Union
1%
Alson Streeter (1888)
Union Labor
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2013
I believe Gary Johnson had the most successful campaign for the Libertarian party.
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Level 49
Jan 27, 2013
My source is Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, Ed Clark got a whopping 1.06% of the popular vote in 1980, whereas Gary Johnson got a mere 0.99% in 2012.
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Level 56
Nov 12, 2016
In 2016 he got 3% Might want to update
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Level 46
Jul 14, 2017
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Level 72
Apr 5, 2018
Agreed, Johnson in 2016 is definitely the Libertarians' best result. One wonders how that could be, with such exceptional candidates on the major party tickets...
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Level ∞
Dec 29, 2019
Finally updated. Sorry.
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Level 44
Mar 18, 2013
The Union Party was not a real Party, it was just what the Republicans rebranded themselves as in 1864 running against the Democrats, who ran George B. McClellan against Republican Lincoln.
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Level 49
Mar 19, 2013
Yes, that's true, but I elected to go by official names.
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Level 52
Aug 9, 2013
19/26 not bad...
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Level 69
Feb 2, 2015
Man... James Monroe must've been a hot candidate.
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Level 55
Aug 25, 2015
The only opposition party of any importance at the time, the Federalists, failed to even have a presidential candidate, only fielding a vice-presidential candidate. They still managed to gain one state, Massachusetts, but its electors cast their votes for Monroe nevertheless.
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Level 55
Aug 30, 2015
In fact the decade following the end of the war of 1812 in 1815 is sometimes dubbed the era of single party politics. In 1816 Monroe had already won with 68% of the vote, and in 1824 there were 4 candidates, but all from the same party.
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Level 74
Aug 25, 2015
I tried "Independent" and it gave me "Greenback Labor". I might have gotten that anyway, after a million tries or so, but the shortcut is appreciated.
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Level 79
Aug 25, 2015
I got Free Soil and the Know Nothings last time but missed them on this go-round.
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Level 38
Aug 25, 2015
You need to include the "Liberal Republican Party", which achieved 44% of the popular vote in 1872 for Horace Greeley (The Democratic Party did not field its own candidate that year).
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Level 78
Aug 25, 2015
Good quiz. Thanks.
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Level 45
Aug 26, 2015
Anti-Masonic Party LOL!!!
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Level 74
Dec 16, 2017
The funny part was that William Wirt had been a Freemason.
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Level 52
Aug 29, 2015
I ran out of guesses so I tried the "Rent is too &*%$ high party." Yeah, nothing.
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Level 35
Nov 10, 2016
Lol
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Level 35
Nov 10, 2016
This needs to get updated. In the 2016 election, Gary Johnson, who is a Libertarian, got 3% of the popular vote.
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Level 56
Mar 9, 2017
Interesting how much third party popularity has declined over time. America is a capitalist society but has become limited to two options for their leaders. You would think their would be more promotion of additional parties to add competition to politics and by the laws of a free market create a better result for the consumers, the citizens.
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Level 67
Nov 7, 2017
The problem is that both of the major parties (and the vast majority of media as well) have spent a very long time pushing the idea that your vote only counts if it's for one of the two major parties. Most people won't vote for third parties because they've been conditioned to believe they're "throwing away their vote" if they do that.
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Level 81
Aug 12, 2018
American capitalism congeals into near monopolies all the time. Capitalist is the only party in the US.
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Level ∞
Dec 29, 2019
It's not clear to me that more parties would help. In parliamentary systems, there are many parties, but ruling coalitions generally only represent a little more than half the voters. What could fix the problem is a system where minority parties were given congressional committees and executive departments in proportion to the votes they receive.
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Level 36
Sep 22, 2017
Ralph!!!! WHY THE 3%!!
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Level 47
Jun 16, 2019
Update for Libertarian as per the 2016 election?
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Level 68
Jan 18, 2020
Oddly enough, guessing Union gave me Union, National Union, and Constitutional Union, but not Union Labor. Not that I'm complaining as I wouldn't have guessed the other two that I got had it not been for the add-on. Just found it odd.