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Presidents Who Did Not Win a Popular Majority


1824 John Q. Adams 30.5 % *
1844 James K. Polk 49.6 %
1848 Zachary Taylor 47.4 %
1856 James Buchanan 45.3%
1860 Abraham Lincoln 39.8%
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 48.0 %*
1880 James A. Garfield 48.5 %
1884 Grover Cleveland 48.5 %
1888 Benjamin Harrison 47.9 % *
1892 Grover Cleveland 46.1 %
1912 Woodrow Wilson 41.9 %
1916 Woodrow Wilson 49.4 %
1948 Harry Truman 49.5 %
1960 John Kennedy 49.9 %
1968 Richard Nixon 43.3 %


* These presidents won fewer popular votes than the candidate they defeated in the Electoral College.

[Source: American History: A Survey, pgs. A24-25.]



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