Winning margins for votes in U.S. presidential elections 1789-2020

Winning margins in the electoral and popular votes in United States presidential elections from 1789 to 2020

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February 2021


United States

Survey time period

1789 to 2020

Supplementary notes

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

**Stephen A. Douglas received the second highest share of the popular vote (29.5 percent), but the fourth highest share of electoral votes at 3.96 percent.

***None of the four candidates that year received a majority, therefore the result was decided in the House of Representatives.

Percentage of Electoral College votes calculated using Encyclopedia Britannica data.

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