List of unsuccessful major party candidates for President of the United States

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List of unsuccessful major party candidates for President of the United States

All candidates of minor parties alone have been unsuccessful. In some cases, minor parties have nominated the same candidate as a major party did, such as the Working Families Party, which nominated Barack Obama in 2008.
As seen below, two incumbent Democratic presidents (Cleveland, Carter) were defeated, and five incumbent Republicans were defeated (Harrison, Taft, Hoover, Ford, George H. W. Bush).
Only one candidate ran unsuccessfully three times (Bryan); two ran twice (Dewey, Stevenson).
Four unsuccessful candidates won the popular vote (Tilden, Cleveland, Gore, Clinton).
Two unsuccessful candidates later won an election: Cleveland (in the intervening election, he won the popular vote), Nixon.


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