US Presidential Elections 1900-2012

Comparison of US Presidential Elections
in the United States
Data Range
Election
Year
PresidentElec
Coll
Winner
Elec
Coll
Opp'nt
Pop. Vote
Winner
Pop. Vote
Opp'nt
Issue
 2012  Barack Obama [D] 332 206 63.56m 59.68m Economy
 2008  Barack Obama [D] 365 173 69.46m 59.93m Crisis of 2007-2010
 2004  George W. Bush [R] 286 251 62.04m 59.03m Iraq War
 2000  George W. Bush [R] 271 266 50.46m 51.00m Clinton scandals
 1996  William J. Clinton [D] 379 159 45.59m 37.82m Welfare reform
 1992  William J. Clinton [D] 370 168 44.91m 39.10m Recession
 1988  George Bush [R] 426 111 48.89m 41.81m “No new taxes!”
 1984  Ronald Reagan [R] 525 13 54.46m 37.58m Morning in America
 1980  Ronald Reagan [R] 489 49 43.90m 35.48m Inflation, Iran hostages
 1976  Jimmy Carter [D] 297 240 40.83m 39.15m Nixon scandals
 1972  Richard M. Nixon [R] 520 17 47.17m 29.17m Vietnam War
 1968  Richard M. Nixon [R] 301 191 31.79m 31.28m Vietnam War
 1964  Lyndon B. Johnson [D] 486 52 43.13m 27.18m Civil rights
 1960  John F. Kennedy [D] 303 219 34.23m 34.11m Recession, missile gap
 1956  Dwight D. Eisenhower [R] 457 73 35.59m 26.02m Prosperity
 1952  Dwight D. Eisenhower [R] 442 89 33.94m 27.31m Korean War
 1948  Harry S. Truman [D] 303 189 24.18m 21.99m Do Nothing Congress
 1944  Franklin D. Roosevelt [D] 432 99 25.61m 22.12m World War II
 1940  Franklin D. Roosevelt [D] 449 82 27.31m 22.35m World War II, FDR 3rd term
 1936  Franklin D. Roosevelt [D] 523 8 27.76m 16.68m New Deal, Social Security
 1932  Franklin D. Roosevelt [D] 472 59 22.83m 15.76m Great Depression
 1928  Herbert C. Hoover [R] 444 87 21.44m 15.01m Boom, anti-Catholicism
 1924  Calvin Coolidge [R] 382 136 15.72m 8.39m Prosperity
 1920  Warren G. Harding [R] 404 127 16.15m 9.13m Normalcy
 1916  Woodrow Wilson [D] 277 254 9.13m 8.55m World War I
 1912  Woodrow Wilson [D] 435 88 6.29m 4.12m Republican split
 1908  William H. Taft [R] 321 162 7.68m 6.41m Class warfare
 1904  Theodore Roosevelt [R] 336 140 7.63m 5.08m Square Deal
 1900  William McKinley [R] 292 155 7.22m 6.36m Spanish-American War
 Notes:

1. Estimate from RealClearPolitics.com. Tossups 50/50.

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By example of President Washington from 1789 to 1940 and by law since the ratification of the 22nd Amendment in 1951 a President of the United States has one chance to be reelected. His reelection necessarily becomes a referendum on his first term. Usually the main issue is the president’s stewardship of the nation’s economy.

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