Who was the first presidential candidate who lost by popular vote yet won the election?
- George W. Bush
- Abraham Lincoln
- John Quincy Adams
You may remember that day in 2000 when the Dubya lost by popular vote and yet still managed to be President thanks to the electoral college. Al Gore wasn't too pleased and a recount was demanded. It was a big deal but it definitely wasn't the first election of its kind. In fact, before Y2K, it happened three other times! In 1888, Grover Cleveland won the popular vote but lost the election to Benjamin Harrison. In 1876, Samuel Tilden won the popular vote but lost the election when Rutherford B. Hayes got 185 electoral votes to his 184. And, in 1824, Andrew Jackson won the popular vote but got less than 50% of the electoral votes, losing to John Quincy Adams. Talk about a Star Spangled Bummer! Source: The History Channel
- Lyndon B. Johnson