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Presidential Elections and Plurality Wins: Selected Years

Year

Candidates

National %

States Won By Plurality

Won With Under 45%

Won With Under 40%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1912

Wilson-D (Win)

41.8%

30

 

25

 

14

 

Roosevelt-Bull

27.4%

4

 

4

 

4

 

Taft-R

23.2%

2

 

2

 

2

 

Debs-Soc

6.0%

0

 

0

 

0

 

Total

          

36

 

31

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1924

Coolidge-R (Win)

54.00%

10

 

3

 

0

 

Davis-D

28.50%

5

 

0

 

0

 

La Follette-Prog

16.60%

0

 

0

 

0

 

Total

          

15

 

3

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948

Truman-D (Win)

49.60%

5

 

--

 

--

 

Dewey-R

45.10%

6

 

--

 

--

 

Thurmond-Dix

          2%

1

 

--

 

--

 

Wallace-Prog

          2%

0

 

--

 

--

 

Total

         

12

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968

Nixon-R (Win)

43.40%

17

 

7

 

3

 

Humphrey-D

42.70%

8

 

2

 

0

 

Wallace-A. Ind

   13.5%

3

 

2

 

1

 

Total

          

28

 

11

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980

Reagan-R (Win)

50.70%

19

 

2

 

--

 

Carter-D

41.00%

5

 

1

 

--

 

Anderson-Ind

6.60%

0

 

0

 

--

 

Total

          

24

 

3

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1992

Clinton-D (Win)

43.30%

31

 

17

 

4

 

Bush-R

37.70%

18

 

13

 

2

 

Perot-Ind

19.00%

0

 

0

 

0

 

Total

          

49

 

30

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996

Clinton-D (Win)

49.24%

14

 

1

 

--

 

Dole-R

40.71%

12

 

1

 

--

 

Perot-Ind

8.40%

0

 

0

 

--

 

Total

 

26

 

2

 

0

 

2000

Bush - R (Win)

47.8%

4

 

0

 

--

 

Gore - D

48.4%

6

 

0

 

--

 

Nader - GRN

2.7%

0

 

0

 

--

 

Total

 

10

 

0

 

0

 

Source:  All election data for years 1912, 1924, 1948, 1968, and 1980 is from MultiEducator Incorporated at www.multied.com. Data for 1992, 1996 and 2000 is from data published by the FEC.

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