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Share of electoral votes for major parties in US presidential elections 1860-2020

Share of electoral college votes for the Democratic and Republican parties in presidential elections from 1860 to 2020

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United States

Survey time period

1860 to 2020

Supplementary notes

*Former President Theodore Roosevelt ran as a Progressive Party (Bull Moose) candidate and took more votes than the Republican candidate, President William Howard Taft.

**Horace Greeley died between the popular vote and electoral vote, and his allocation of the electoral votes was distributed among other candidates or political figures.

***Technically, Abraham Lincoln ran on the National Union ticket, which was a rebranding of the Republican Party during the Civil War.

*****For the Southern Democratic candidate, John C. Breckenridge, only. Two other candidates took a noticeable portion of the votes

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

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