List of United States presidential candidates by number of votes received

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Following is a list of United States presidential candidates by number of votes received. Elections have tended to have more participation in each successive election, due to the increasing population of the United States, and, in some instances, expansion of the right to vote to larger segments of society. Prior to the election of 1824, most states did not have a popular vote. In the election of 1824, only 18 of the 24 states held a popular vote, but by the election of 1828, 22 of the 24 states held a popular vote. Minor candidates are excluded if they received fewer than 100,000 votes, or less than .1% of the vote in their election year.

Candidate Year Party Popular vote Notes
Obama,Barack Obama 2008 Democratic 69,498,516 Winner
Obama,Barack Obama 2012 Democratic 65,915,795 Winner
Clinton, HHillary Clinton 2016 Democratic 65,853,514 Won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college.
Trump,Donald Trump 2016 Republican 62,984,828 Winner. Lost the popular vote, but won the electoral college.
Bush, WGeorge W. Bush 2004 Republican 62,040,610 Winner
Romney,Mitt Romney 2012 Republican 60,933,504
McCain,John McCain 2008 Republican 59,948,323
Kerry,John Kerry 2004 Democratic 59,028,444
Reagan,Ronald Reagan 1984 Republican 54,455,472 Winner
Gore,Al Gore 2000 Democratic 50,999,897 Won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college.
Bush, WGeorge W. Bush 2000 Republican 50,456,002 Winner. Lost the popular vote, but won the electoral college.
Bush, HGeorge H. W. Bush 1988 Republican 48,886,597 Winner
Clinton, BBill Clinton 1996 Democratic 47,400,125 Winner
Nixon,Richard Nixon 1972 Republican 47,168,710 Winner
Clinton, BBill Clinton 1992 Democratic 44,909,806 Winner
Reagan,Ronald Reagan 1980 Republican 43,903,230 Winner
Johnson, LLyndon Johnson 1964 Democratic 43,127,041 Winner
Dukakis,Michael Dukakis 1988 Democratic 41,809,074
Carter,Jimmy Carter 1976 Democratic 40,831,881 Winner
Dole,Bob Dole 1996 Republican 39,197,469
Ford,Gerald Ford 1976 Republican 39,148,634
Bush, HGeorge H. W. Bush 1992 Republican 39,104,550
Mondale,Walter Mondale 1984 Democratic 37,577,352
Eisenhower,Dwight Eisenhower 1956 Republican 35,579,180 Winner
Carter,Jimmy Carter 1980 Democratic 35,480,115
Kennedy,John Kennedy 1960 Democratic 34,220,984 Winner
Nixon,Richard Nixon 1960 Republican 34,108,157
Eisenhower,Dwight Eisenhower 1952 Republican 34,075,529 Winner
Nixon,Richard Nixon 1968 Republican 31,783,783 Winner
Humphrey,Hubert Humphrey 1968 Democratic 31,271,839
McGovern,George McGovern 1972 Democratic 29,173,222
Roosevelt,Franklin Roosevelt 1936 Democratic 27,752,648 Winner
Stevenson, IIAdlai Stevenson 1952 Democratic 27,375,090
Roosevelt,Franklin Roosevelt 1940 Democratic 27,313,945 Winner
Goldwater,Barry Goldwater 1964 Republican 27,175,754
Stevenson, IIAdlai Stevenson 1956 Democratic 26,028,028
Roosevelt,Franklin Roosevelt 1944 Democratic 25,612,916 Winner
Truman,Harry Truman 1948 Democratic 24,179,347 Winner
Roosevelt,Franklin Roosevelt 1932 Democratic 22,821,277 Winner
Willkie,Wendell Willkie 1940 Republican 22,347,744
Dewey,Thomas E. Dewey 1944 Republican 22,017,929
Dewey,Thomas E. Dewey 1948 Republican 21,991,292
Hoover,Herbert Hoover 1928 Republican 21,427,123 Winner
Perot,Ross Perot 1992 Independent 19,743,821
Landon,Alf Landon 1936 Republican 16,679,543
Harding,Warren Harding 1920 Republican 16,144,093 Winner
Hoover,Herbert Hoover 1932 Republican 15,761,254
Coolidge,Calvin Coolidge 1924 Republican 15,723,789 Winner
Smith,Al Smith 1928 Democratic 15,015,464
Wallace,George Wallace 1968 American Independent 9,901,118
Cox,James M. Cox 1920 Democratic 9,139,661
Wilson,Woodrow Wilson 1916 Democratic 9,126,868 Winner
Hughes,Charles Evans Hughes 1916 Republican 8,548,728
Davis,John W. Davis 1924 Democratic 8,386,242
Perot,Ross Perot 1996 Reform 8,085,294
Taft,William Taft 1908 Republican 7,678,335 Winner
Roosevelt,Theodore Roosevelt 1904 Republican 7,630,557 Winner
McKinley,William McKinley 1900 Republican 7,228,864 Winner
McKinley,William McKinley 1896 Republican 7,112,138 Winner
Bryan,William Jennings Bryan 1896 Democratic 6,509,052
Bryan,William Jennings Bryan 1908 Democratic 6,408,979
Bryan,William Jennings Bryan 1900 Democratic 6,370,932
Wilson,Woodrow Wilson 1912 Democratic 6,296,284 Winner
Anderson, JJohn B. Anderson 1980 Independent 5,719,850
Cleveland,Grover Cleveland 1892 Democratic 5,553,898 Winner
Cleveland,Grover Cleveland 1888 Democratic 5,534,488 Won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college.
Harrison, BBenjamin Harrison 1888 Republican 5,443,633 Lost the popular vote, but won the electoral college.
Harrison, BBenjamin Harrison 1892 Republican 5,176,108
Parker,Alton B. Parker 1904 Democratic 5,083,880
Cleveland,Grover Cleveland 1884 Democratic 4,914,482 Winner
Blaine,James G. Blaine 1884 Republican 4,856,905
La Follette,Robert La Follette 1924 Progressive 4,831,706
Johnson, GGary Johnson 2016 Libertarian 4,489,235
Garfield,James Garfield 1880 Republican 4,453,337 Winner
Hancock,Winfield Scott Hancock 1880 Democratic 4,444,976
Tilden,Samuel J. Tilden 1876 Democratic 4,288,546 Won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college.
Roosevelt,Theodore Roosevelt 1912 Progressive 4,122,721
Hayes,Rutherford Hayes 1876 Republican 4,034,142 Lost the popular vote, but won the electoral college.
Grant,Ulysses Grant 1872 Republican 3,597,439 Winner
Taft,William Taft 1912 Republican 3,486,242
Grant,Ulysses Grant 1868 Republican 3,013,790 Winner
Nader,Ralph Nader 2000 Green 2,882,955
Greeley,Horace Greeley 1872 Liberal Republican 2,834,761
Seymour,Horatio Seymour 1868 Democratic 2,708,744
Lincoln,Abraham Lincoln 1864 National Union 2,211,317 Winner
Lincoln,Abraham Lincoln 1860 Republican 1,855,993 Winner
Buchanan, JJames Buchanan 1856 Democratic 1,835,140 Winner
McClellan, JGeorge B. McClellan 1864 Democratic 1,812,807
Pierce,Franklin Pierce 1852 Democratic 1,605,943 Winner
Stein,Jill Stein 2016 Green 1,457,226
Scott,Winfield Scott 1852 Whig 1,386,942
Douglas,Stephen A. Douglas 1860 Northern Democratic 1,380,202
Taylor,Zachary Taylor 1848 Whig 1,360,235 Winner; Taylor was the last member of the Whig party elected president.
Fremont,John C. Frémont 1856 Republican 1,342,345
Polk,James Polk 1844 Democratic 1,339,570 Winner
Clay,Henry Clay 1844 Whig 1,300,004
Johnson, GGary Johnson 2012 Libertarian 1,275,971
Harrison, WWilliam Henry Harrison 1840 Whig 1,275,583 Winner
Cass,Lewis Cass 1848 Democratic 1,223,460
Thurmond,Strom Thurmond 1948 Dixiecrat 1,175,930
Wallace,Henry A. Wallace 1948 Progressive 1,157,328
Van Buren,Martin Van Buren 1840 Democratic 1,128,854
Schmitz,John G. Schmitz 1972 American Independent 1,100,868
Weaver,James B. Weaver 1892 Populist 1,041,028
Clark,Ed Clark 1980 Libertarian 921,128
Debs,Eugene V. Debs 1920 Socialist 913,693
Debs,Eugene V. Debs 1912 Socialist 901,551
Lemke,William Lemke 1936 Union 892,378
Thomas,Norman Thomas 1932 Socialist 884,885
Fillmore,Millard Fillmore 1856 American 873,053
Breckinridge,John C. Breckinridge 1860 Southern Democratic 848,019
Van Buren,Martin Van Buren 1836 Democratic 763,291 Winner
McCarthy,Eugene McCarthy 1976 Independent 740,460
Nader,Ralph Nader 2008 Independent 739,034
McMullin,Evan McMullin 2016 Independent 732,273
Jackson,Andrew Jackson 1832 Democratic 702,735 Winner
Nader,Ralph Nader 1996 Green 685,297
Jackson,Andrew Jackson 1828 Democratic 642,806 Winner
Bell,John Bell 1860 Constitutional Union 590,901
Benson,Allan L. Benson 1916 Socialist 590,524
Harrison, WWilliam Henry Harrison 1836 Whig 550,816
Barr,Bob Barr 2008 Libertarian 523,715
Adams,John Quincy Adams 1828 National Republican 500,897
Browne,Harry Browne 1996 Libertarian 485,759
Clay,Henry Clay 1832 National Republican 484,205
Stein,Jill Stein 2012 Green 469,627
Nader,Ralph Nader 2004 Independent 465,151
Buchanan, PPat Buchanan 2000 Reform 448,895
Paul, RRon Paul 1988 Libertarian 431,750
Debs,Eugene V. Debs 1908 Socialist 420,852
Debs,Eugene V. Debs 1904 Socialist 402,810
Badnarik,Michael Badnarik 2004 Libertarian 397,265
Browne,Harry Browne 2000 Libertarian 384,431
Weaver,James B. Weaver 1880 Greenback 308,649
Van Buren,Martin Van Buren 1848 Free Soil 291,501
Marrou,Andre Marrou 1992 Libertarian 290,087
Bidwell,John Bidwell 1892 Prohibition 270,879
Thomas,Norman Thomas 1928 Socialist 267,478
Christensen,Parley P. Christensen 1920 Farmer–Labor 265,398
Swallow,Silas C. Swallow 1904 Prohibition 259,102
Chafin,Eugene W. Chafin 1908 Prohibition 254,087
Fisk,Clinton B. Fisk 1888 Prohibition 249,819
Commoner,Barry Commoner 1980 Citizens 233,052
Bergland,David Bergland 1984 Libertarian 228,111
Hanly,Frank Hanly 1916 Prohibition 221,302
Fulani,Lenora Fulani 1988 New Alliance 217,221
Woolley,John G. Woolley 1900 Prohibition 210,864
Chafin,Eugene W. Chafin 1912 Prohibition 208,156
Castle,Darrell Castle 2016 Constitution 203,091
Baldwin,Chuck Baldwin 2008 Constitution 199,750
Watkins,Aaron S. Watkins 1920 Prohibition 188,787
Thomas,Norman Thomas 1936 Socialist 187,910
Phillips,Howard Phillips 1996 Taxpayers 184,656
MacBride,Roger MacBride 1976 Libertarian 172,557
Maddox,Lester Maddox 1976 American Independent 170,274
McKinney,Cynthia McKinney 2008 Green 161,797
Anderson, TThomas J. Anderson 1976 American 158,271
Hale,John P. Hale 1852 Free Soil 155,210
Jackson,Andrew Jackson 1824 Democratic-Republican 151,271 Won the popular vote, but lost the election.[1]
St. John,John St. John 1884 Prohibition 147,482
Streeter,Alson Streeter 1888 Union Labor 146,602
White,Hugh Lawson White 1836 Whig 146,109
Peroutka,Michael Peroutka 2004 Constitution 143,630
Hallinan,Vincent Hallinan 1952 Progressive 140,746
Madison,James Madison 1812 Democratic-Republican 140,431 Winner; a limited number of states counted the popular vote
Thomas, NNorman Thomas 1948 Socialist 139,569
Palmer,John M. Palmer 1896 National Democratic 134,645
Butler,Benjamin Butler 1884 Anti-Monopoly 134,294
Clinton,DeWitt Clinton 1812 Democratic-Republican 132,781 A limited number of states counted the popular vote
Levering,Joshua Levering 1896 Prohibition 131,312
Madison,James Madison 1808 Democratic-Republican 124,732 Winner; a limited number of states counted the popular vote
Cobb,David Cobb 2004 Green 119,859
Thomas,Norman Thomas 1940 Socialist 116,599
Watson,Thomas E. Watson 1904 Populist 114,070
Hagelin,John Hagelin 1996 Natural Law 113,670
Adams,John Quincy Adams 1824 Democratic-Republican 113,142 Lost the popular vote, but won the election.[1]
Andrews, TT. Coleman Andrews 1956 States' Rights 107,929
Gritz,Bo Gritz 1992 Populist 106,152
Jefferson,Thomas Jefferson 1804 Democratic-Republican 104,110 Winner; a limited number of states counted the popular vote
Watson,Claude A. Watson 1948 Prohibition 103,708
Foster,William Z. Foster 1932 Communist 103,307
Wirt,William Wirt 1832 Anti-Masonic 100,715

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  1. ^ a b No candidate won the electoral college; the election was thrown to the Congress, which chose John Quincy Adams.