Amazing Popular Vote Numbers

These are the numbers for the Presidential candidates who received more than 50 million votes in the popular vote.  Of course what matters is the electoral votes, and what would be interesting is the percentage of the voter population received, but these numbers are amazing to me.

Year – Candidate – Popular Vote
2008 – Barack Obama – 63,093,832
2004 – George W. Bush – 62,028,285
2004 – John F. Kerry – 59,028,109
2008 – John McCain – 55,851,014
1984 – Ronald Reagan – 54,455,075
2000 – Albert A. Gore – 50,999,897
2000 – George W. Bush – 50,456,002

A few things jump out at me:

  • Obama has received the most votes ever
  • Obama only received 1 million more than Bush in 2004
  • McCain received the 4th most votes ever and lost
  • No one before 2000 ever received more than 50 million except Reagan and that was in 1984
  • Gore received more votes in 2000 than Bush in 2000 and still lost
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  • The popular vote COULD matter . . .

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

    The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The bill is currently endorsed by 1,181 state legislators — 439 sponsors (in 47 states) and an additional 742 legislators who have cast recorded votes in favor of the bill.

    The National Popular Vote bill has passed 21 state legislative chambers, including one house in Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, and Washington, and both houses in California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The bill has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These four states possess 50 electoral votes — 19% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.


  • And here I thought you were going to mention that more people have voted for GWB than any other candidate in history (2000 & 2004 combined). 😉

    @susan –