Ten of the Closest Presidential Elections in History
- 1800 - Thomas Jefferson - 73 Electoral Votes/ Aaron Burr - 73 Electoral Votes - the House of Representatives broke the tie, with 10 states choosing Jefferson, only 4 choosing Burr.
- 1824 - John Quincy Adams - 84 Electoral Votes/ Andrew Jackson - 99 Electoral Votes/ William Crawford - 41 Electoral Votes - With no majority, the House of Representatives voted on the top three candidates; 13 of the 24 states voted for Adams.
- 1876 - Rutherford B. Hayes - 185 Electoral Votes/ Samuel Tilden - 184 Electoral Votes - Hayes won the presidency, but Tilden had 200,000 more popular votes.
- 1880 - James A. Garfield - 214 Electoral Votes/ Winfield Hancock - 155 Electoral Votes - Garfield only had 7,000 more popular votes than Hancock.
- 1916 - Woodrow Wilson - 277 Electoral Votes/ Charles Hughes - 254 Electoral Votes
- 1960 - John F. Kennedy - 303 Electoral Votes/ Richard Nixon - 219 Electoral Votes - Kennedy only had 118,000 more popular votes than Nixon.
- 1968 - Richard Nixon - 301 Electoral Votes/ Hubert Humphrey - 191 Electoral Votes - Nixon only had 500,000 more popular votes.
- 1976 - Jimmy Carter - 297 Electoral Votes/ Gerald Ford - 240 Electoral Votes - Carter only had 700,000 more popular votes.
- 2000 - George W. Bush -271 Electoral Votes/ Al Gore - 266 Electoral Votes - Gore had more than 500,000 more popular votes than Bush.
- 2004 - George W. Bush - 286 Electoral Votes/ John Kerry - 252 Electoral Votes - Bush had 3 million more popular votes than Kerry.