Best Popular Vote Results In Presidential Election History
Who has had the best vote totals in the history of Presidential elections?
There have been 46 Presidential elections where the popular vote was tabulated and used to allocate electoral votes.
( Lyndon Johnson won many votes in his 1964 election.)
The first popular vote for President was held in 1824. Andrew Jackson won the popular count but lost the election in the House of Representatives to John Quincy Adams. This was the election of the so-called Corrupt Bargain.
Here are ten highest percentages won by a candidate for President since 1824 along with the number of votes tabulated for all candidates.—( The links to the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs are very good.)
1. 61.1%—Lyndon Johnson, 1964, 70.6 million votes.
Four years ahead of the rise of the right.
2. 60.8%—Franklin Roosevelt, 1936, 45.7 million votes
A New Deal for Democrats after years of Republican domination.
3. 60.7%—Richard Nixon, 1972, 77.7 million votes.
“Nixon’s The One” until his resignation less than two years later.
( Warren Harding)
4. 60.3%—Warren Harding, 1920, 27.8 million votes
In the first year women could vote, a return to “normalcy.”
5. 58.5%—Ronald Reagan, 1984, 92.6 million votes
Mourning in America—for 41.5% of voters at least.
6. 58.2%—Herbert Hoover, 1928, 36.8 million votes
Republican fortunes would soon crash.
7. 57.4%—Franklin Roosevelt, 1932, 39.7 million votes
Any port in a storm.
8. 57.4%—Dwight Eisenhower, 1956, 62.0 million votes
His Vice President would do even better 16 years later.
9. 56.4%—Theodore Roosevelt, 1904, 13.5 million votes
Bully for the bully.
10. 56.0%—Andrew Jackson, 1828, 1.1 million votes
No corrupt bargain this time around. No candidate would win a higher percentage for 76 years.