Closest U.S. Presidential Elections

Throughout U.S. history, there have been several close presidential races. This top ten closest U.S. presidential elections list is based on the combination of popular vote, electoral vote, and states carried by each candidate.

RankYearCandidatesPopular VoteElectoral VoteStates Carried
1.1960John F. Kennedy over Richard Nixon34,220,984 - 34,108,157303 - 21923 - 27
2.2000George W. Bush over Al Gore50,456,002 - 50,999,897271 - 26630 - 20+DC
3.1976Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford40,831,881 - 39,148,634297 - 24023+DC - 27
4.1876Rutherford B. Hayes over Samuel Tilden4,034,311 - 4,288,546185 - 18421 - 17
5.1880James Garfield over Winfield Hancock4,446,158 - 4,444,260214 - 15519 - 19
6.1888Benjamin Harrison over Grover Cleveland5,443,892 - 5,534,488233 - 16820 - 18
7.1884Grover Cleveland over James G. Blaine4,914,482 - 4,856,905219 - 18220 - 18
8.1844James K. Polk over Henry Clay1,339,494 - 1,300,004170 - 10515 - 11
9.1824John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson113,122 - 151,27184 - 997 - 12
10.1812James Madison over Dewitt Clinton140,431 - 132,781128 - 8911 - 7

 

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