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US Elections

Presidential Election Popular Votes 1940-2012

 

(Numbers reflect millions)

 

 

Candidates for President

 

Vote cast for President

Year Democratic Republican
Total
Democratic
Republican
     
Popular vote1(1,000)
Popular vote
Electoral vote
Popular vote
Electoral vote
        Number (1,000) Percent   Number (1,000) Percent  
1940† F.D.Roosevelt Willkie
49,900
27,313
54.7
449
22,348
44.8
82
1944† F.D.Roosevelt Dewey
47,977
25,613
53.4
432
22,018
45.9
99
1948 Truman Dewey
48,834
24,106
49.6
303
21,969
45.0
189
1952 Stevenson Eisenhower
61,552
27,315
44.4
89
33,779
54.9
442
1956 Stevenson Eisenhower
62,027
26,739
43.1
73
35,581
57.4
457
1960 Kennedy Nixon
68,836
34,227
49.7
303
34,108
49.5
219
1964 Johnson Goldwater
70,098
42,825
61.1
486
27,147
38.7
52
1968 Humphrey Nixon
73,027
30,989
42.4
191
31,710
43.4
301
1972 McGovern Nixon
77,625
28,902
37.2
17
46,740
60.2
520
1976 Carter Ford
81,603
40,826
50.0
297
39,148
48.0
240
1980 Carter Reagan
86,497
35,481
41.0
49
43,643
50.5
489
1984 Mondale Reagan
92,655
37,450
40.4
13
54,167
58.5
525
1988 Dukakis Bush
91,587
41,717
45.5
111
48,643
53.1
426
1992 Clinton Bush
104,600
44,858
42.9
370
38,799
37.1
168
1996 Clinton Dole
96,390
47,402
49.2
379
39,198
40.7
159
2000 Gore Bush
105,594
50,996
48.3
266
50,465
47.8
271
2004 Kerry Bush
122,349
58,895
48.1
251
61,837
50.6
286
2008 Obama McCain
131,407
69,498
52.9
365
59,948
45.6
173
2012 Obama Romney
124,026
62,611
51.0
332
59,134
47.2
206

1 Includes votes for minor party candidates, independents, unpledged electors, and scattered write-in votes.

† Source: US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2002. (Table 370)
(http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/02statab/election.pdf)

Source: US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2010. (Table 389)
(http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/10statab/election.pdf)

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