Share of electoral and popular votes by runner up in US elections 1824-2020

Share of electoral college and popular votes from each runner-up in United States presidential elections from 1824 to 2020

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United States

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1824 to 2020

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*Previously served as president.

**Roosevelt was the only third-party candidate to be runner up in a U.S. presidential election. Incumbent President William Howard Taft* received 1.51% of the popular vote, and 23.2% of the popular vote.

***Greeley died after the popular vote was cast, but before electors cast their ballots; most electors cast ballots for other people, and any electoral votes for Greeley were rejected.

Percentage of Electoral College votes calculated using data from Encyclopedia Britannica.

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