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How many presidents have won the popular vote, but not the electoral college?

Asked by queenzboulevard (2541 points ) October 13th, 2008

Al Gore I think?

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robmandu's avatar

lurve to sooperburd for his avatar, if nothing else.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Gore won the popular vote by approximately 500,000 votes nationwide, but only got 266 electoral votes to Bush’s 271

marinelife's avatar

Three.

”# In 1876 there were a total of 369 electoral votes available with 185 needed to win. Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, with 4,036,298 popular votes won 185 electoral votes. His main opponent, Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, won the popular vote with 4,300,590 votes, but won only 184 electoral votes. Hayes was elected president.

# In 1888 there were a total of 401 electoral votes available with 201 needed to win. Republican Benjamin Harrison, with 5,439,853 popular votes won 233 electoral votes. His main opponent, Democrat Grover Cleveland, won the popular vote with 5,540,309 votes, but won only 168 electoral votes. Harrison was elected president.

# In 2000 there were a total of 538 electoral votes available with 270 needed to win. Republican George W. Bush, with 50,456,002 popular votes won 271 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent, Al Gore, won the popular vote with 50,999,897 votes, but won only 266 electoral votes. Bush was elected president.”

marinelife's avatar

BTW, welcome to the collective.

robmandu's avatar

Interesting to me that if Kerry had won Ohio in 2004, he would’ve pulled off the electoral college vote while Bush would’ve walked away with the popular vote.

Bush won the country by over a million votes, but take 60,000 Ohio votes from him and give to Kerry… and Kerry would’ve locked up the electoral college.

sooperburd's avatar

Thanks, Marina

sooperburd's avatar

…and thanks, robmandu!

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I think you meant to ask the question the other way around.

If a candidate does not win the electoral college, they do not become the president.

I think you meant to ask either, “How many presidents have won the electoral college, but not the popular vote?” or “How many presidential candidates have won the popular vote, but not the electoral college?”

queenzboulevard's avatar

lurve 4 u…...ahem…..How many presidential candidates have won the popular vote, but not the electoral college?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

i’m confused. why did you write it the same way again?

marinelife's avatar

@La_chica_gomela She added candidates. It’s fine. We knew what she meant.

jvgr's avatar

So now we know:
Democrats are the most popular, but the Republicans have been in a conspiracy with the officials of the Electoral College to ensure all close elections are won by Republicans. Hank Paulson is the go between.

marinelife's avatar

@jvgr Oh, please, I beg of you. Do not wave this red meat at the conspiracy theorists.

augustlan's avatar

Covering my eyes…still traumatized by sooperburd’s avatar.

marinelife's avatar

Can someone please erase from my memory the technique of enlarging an avatar picture? Curiosity just killed my cat. (Which is now a pelt on sooperburd’s person).

La_chica_gomela's avatar

got it! so sorry! good job! i think i, like, forgot how to read for a second. i dunno.

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