The presidential candidates and their political parties, number of electoral and popular votes received, and vice presidential candidates for every election from 1789 to 2012 are listed below. Every candidate that received more than 100,000 popular votes or at least one electoral vote has been included. ProCon.org used election data provided by the National Archives and Records Administration when possible, and supplemented the missing information with data from Dave Leip's Atlas of US Presidential Elections and the Federal Elections Commission. The data were corroborated with other sources including the New York Times, CNN, and PresidentElect.org. While the sites had discrepancies in the popular vote totals, all reported totals were within 1% of each other.
*Reagan was not in the race; a sole elector from Washington gave him a vote.
Gerald Ford* (38th)
*Nixon resigned as President Aug. 9, 1974. He was succeeded by Gerald Ford.
**Rockefeller became Vice President under the provisions of the 25th Amendment: "Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress."
*Harrison died of pneumonia on Apr. 4, 1841. He was succeeded by John Tyler, who became the first Vice President to be elevated to the office of President by the death of his predecessor.
**There was no formal process for appointing a replacement Vice President until 1967, when the 25th Amendment was ratified.
William Henry Harrison (9th)
Martin Van Buren
John Tyler (234)*
Richard Johnson (48)
L. W. Tazewell (11)
James K. Polk (1)
*From 1800 to 1840, candidates for President and Vice President ran on separate tickets, resulting in different electoral votes for each office. The number of electoral votes received by each VP candidate is noted in parentheses.
Martin Van Buren (8th)
William H. Harrison
Hugh L. White
William P. Mangum
Richard Johnson (147)
Francis Granger (77)
John Tyler (47)
William Smith (23)
Andrew Jackson (7th)
Martin Van Buren (189)
John Sergeant (49)
William Wilkens (30)
Henry Lee (30)
*The tie between Jefferson and Burr was broken by the House of Representatives.
**1800 was the last election before the ratification of the 12th Amendment, which changed the method by which the Vice President was chosen. Prior to 1804, the presidential candidate with the second highest number of electoral votes was appointed as Vice President.
John Adams (2nd)
Charles C. Pinckney
*Visit our page on Political Parties for information on current and historical US political parties.
**The number of electoral votes apportioned to each State corresponds to the number of US Representatives and Senators in each State. The allotment of electoral votes changes every 10 years depending on the results of the US Census. Visit our page on How to Become the US President for more information on the electoral college.