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Election 2016: History

From the United States Election Project
http://www.electproject.org/national-1789-present

Close Presidential Elections

Top Ten Closest U.S. Presidential Elections

Throughout U.S. history, there have been several close presidential races. This top ten closest U.S. presidential elections list is based on the combination of popular vote, electoral vote, and states carried by each candidate.

Rank

Year

Candidates

Popular Vote

Electoral Vote

States Carried

1.

1960

John F. Kennedy over Richard Nixon

34,220,984 - 34,108,157

303 - 219

23 - 27

2.

2000

George W. Bush over Al Gore

50,456,002 - 50,999,897

271 - 266

30 - 20+DC

3.

1976

Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford

40,831,881 - 39,148,634

297 - 240

23+DC - 27

4.

1876

Rutherford B. Hayes over Samuel Tilden

4,034,311 - 4,288,546

185 - 184

21 - 17

5.

1880

James Garfield over Winfield Hancock

4,446,158 - 4,444,260

214 - 155

19 - 19

6.

1888

Benjamin Harrison over Grover Cleveland

5,443,892 - 5,534,488

233 - 168

20 - 18

7.

1884

Grover Cleveland over James G. Blaine

4,914,482 - 4,856,905

219 - 182

20 - 18

8.

1844

James K. Polk over Henry Clay

1,339,494 - 1,300,004

170 - 105

15 - 11

9.

1824

John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson

113,122 - 151,271

84 - 99

7 - 12

10.

1812

James Madison over Dewitt Clinton

140,431 - 132,781

128 - 89

11 - 7

 

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