Lost Popular Vote

  • The 1824 election was the first election where electoral college voters were selected by the popular vote.
  • Five presidents have taken office after losing the popular vote.
  • In 1824, John Quincy Adams was the first president to lose the popular vote.

Rank#PresidentMargin% Margin
16John Quincy Adams (1824)-38,149-10.44%
219Rutherford B. Hayes (1876)-254,235-3.02%
345Donald J. Trump (2016)-2,868,691-2.10%
423Benjamin Harrison (1888)-90,596-0.79%
543George W. Bush (2000)-543,895-0.51%

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