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100 Years of Presidential Election Results

100 Years of Presidential Election Results

100 Years of Presidential Election Results

The staff here at BoopStats are certainly not the political junkies that exist elsewhere at the Daily News, but we do love numbers ... And there are no more significant numbers than the ones generated on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November every four years.

So, thanks to the folks at UCSB and their fine website dedicated to the United States Presidency, we present the election results for the last 100 years, dating to the first time all 48 contiguous states took part.

The UCSB has every election broken down by state and more information. For our purposes here, we list just the two (or three) major party candidates for each year.


 Year  
 
 Winner In Bold 

 Party
 Elect.  
 Votes

 Pct.          
 Popular
 Votes            

 Pct.        
 2008

 Barack Obama
 John McCain
 Democratic
 Republican
 365
 173
 67.8%
 32.2%
 69,456,897
 59,934,814
 52.9%
 45.7%
 2004

 George W. Bush
 John Kerry
 Republican
 Democratic
 286
 251
 53.2%
 46.7%
 62,040,610
 59,028,444
 50.7%
 48.3%
 2000


 George W. Bush
 Al Gore
 Ralph Nader
 Republican
 Democratic
 Green
 271
 266
     0
 50.4%
 49.4%
   0.0%
 50,455,156
 50,992,335
   2,882,738
 47.9%
 48.4%
   2.7%
 1996


 Bill Clinton
 Bob Dole
 Ross Perot
 Democratic
 Republican
 Reform
 379
 159
     0
 70.4%
 29.6%
   0.0%
 47,402,357
 39,198,755
   8,085,402
 49.2%
 40.7%
   8.4%
 1992


 Bill Clinton
 George Bush
 Ross Perot
 Democratic
 Republican
 Independent
 370
 168
     0
 68.8%
 31.2%
   0.0%
 44,909,326
 39,103,882
 19,741,657
 43.0%
 37.4%
 18.9%
 1988

 George Bush
 Michael Dukakis
 Republican
 Democratic
 426
 111
 79.2%
 20.6%
 48,886,097
 41,809,074
 53.4%
 45.6%
 1984
 
 Ronald Reagan
 Walter Mondale
 Republican
 Democratic
 525
   13
 97.6%
   2.4%
 54,455,075
 37,577,185
 58.8%
 40.6%
 1980


 Ronald Reagan
 Jimmy Carter
 John Anderson
 Republican
 Democratic
 National Union
 489
   49
     0
 90.9%
   9.1%
   0.0%
 43,904,153
 35,483,883
   5,720,060
 50.7%
 41.0%
   6.6%
 1976

 Jimmy Carter
 Gerald Ford
 Democratic
 Republican
 297
 240
 55.2%
 44.6%
 40,830,763
 39,147,793
 50.1%
 48.0%
 1972

 Richard Nixon
 George McGovern
 Republican
 Democratic
 520
   17
 96.7%
   3.2%
 47,169,911
 29,170,383
 60.7%
 37.5%
 1968


 Richard Nixon
 Hubert Humphrey
 George Wallace
 Republican
 Democratic
 American Indep. 
 301
 191
   45
 55.9%
 35.5%
   8.4%
 31,785,480
 31,275,166
   9,906,473
 43,4%
 42.7%
 13.5%
 1964

 Lyndon Johnson
 Barry Goldwater
 Democratic
 Republican
 486
   52
 90.3%
   9.7%
 43,129,566
 27,178,188
 61.1%
 38.5%
 1960

 John F. Kennedy
 Richard Nixon
 Democratic
 Republican
 303
 219
 56.4%
 40.8%
 34,226,731
 34,108,157
 49.7%
 49.5%
 1956

 Dwight Eisenhower
 Adlai Stevenson
 Republican
 Democratic
 457
   73
 86.1%
 13.7%
 35,590,472
 26,022,752
 57.4%
 42.0%
 1952

 Dwight Eisenhower
 Adlai Stevenson
 Republican
 Democratic
 442
   89
 83.2%
 16.8%
 33,777,945
 27,314,992
 54.9%
 44.4%
 1948


 Harry Truman
 Thomas Dewey
 Storm Thurmond
 Democratic
 Republican
 States' Rights
 303
 189
   39
 57.1%
 35.6%
   7.3%
 24,105,810
 21,970,064
   1,169,114
 49.5%
 45.1%
   2.4%
 1944

 Franklin Roosevelt
 Thomas Dewey
 Democratic
 Republican
 432
   99
 81.4%
 18.6%
 25,612,610
 22,014,160
 53.4%
 45.9%
 1940

 Franklin Roosevelt
 Wendell Willkie
 Democratic
 Republican
 449
   82
 84.6%
 15.4%
 27,243,218
 22,334,940
 54.7%
 44.8%
 1936

 Franklin Roosevelt
 Alfred Landon
 Democratic
 Republican
 523
     8
 98.5%
   1.5%
 27,750,866
 16,679,683
 60.8%
 36.5%
 1932

 Franklin Roosevelt
 Herbert Hoover
 Democratic
 Republican
 472
   59
 88.9%
 11.1%
 22,818,740
 15,760,425
 57.4%
 39.6%
 1928

 Herbert Hoover
 Alfred Smith
 Republican
 Democratic
 444
   87
 83.6%
 16.4%
 21,432,823
 15,004,336
 58.2%
 40.8%
 1924


 Calvin Coolidge
 John Davis
 Robert LaFollette
 Republican
 Democratic
 Progressive
 382
 136
   13
 71.9%
 25.6%
   2.4%
 15,724,310
   8,386,532
   4,827.184
 54.0%
 28.8%
 16.6%
 1920

 Warren Harding
 James Cox
 Republican
 Democratic
 404
 127
 76.1%
 23.9%
 16,151,916
   9,134,074
 60.3%
 34.1%
 1916

 Woodrow Wilson
 Charles Hughes
 Democratic
 Republican
 277
 254
 52.2%
 47.8%
   9,126,063
   8,547,030
 49.2%
 46.1%
 1912


 Woodrow Wilson
 Theodore Roosevelt 
 William Taft
 Democratic
 Progressive
 Republican
 435
   88
     8
 81.9%
 16.6%
   1.5%
   6,294,327
   4,120,207
   3,486,343
 41.8%
 27.4%
 23.2%
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