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Winning political party in U.S. presidential elections by electors 1904-2016

Of the 29 U.S. presidential elections that have been held between 1904 and 2016, the Republican Party nominee has won 15 and the Democratic Party nominee has won 14.

The winner of each presidential election is the candidate who receives a majority of the total number of electoral college "electors". Each state's number of electors is equal to its number of representatives, plus two electors for both senators the state has in the U.S. Congress.

Number of electoral college electors received by each party in presidential elections in the United States from 1904 to 2016

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United States

Survey time period

1904 to 2016

Supplementary notes

The total number of electoral college electors for each election were as follows:
1904: 476 delegates
1908:- 483 delegates
1912 - 1956: 531 delegates
1960: 537 delegates
1964 - 2016: 538 delegates

Values for some elections may not equal the total number of electors owing to votes for candidates from other political parties, or candidates other than the official candidate for each party.

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