Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Bush's Victory and Electoral History

As of 5:16 AM EST, CNN is reporting that President Bush has 57,432,504 votes to Senator Kerry's 53,757,732 with 97% of precincts in. How does this compare to the past few elections?

  • In sheer numbers, its the most ever cast for a presidential nominee, topping the 54,455,472 received by Ronald Reagan in his re-election bid in 1984.
  • Bush's 51% is the first majority received since the 53.37% received by his father, George H.W. Bush, in 1988. President Clinton received a plurality of votes in 1992 and 1996, but did not receive a majority, receiving 43.01% and 49.23% respectively as third party candidacies by Ross Perot split the opposition and Bush polled only 47.87% in his 2000 win.
  • Jimmy Carter remains the last Democratic presidential candidate to achieve a majority of the vote, barely pulling it off with a slim 50.08% of the votes cast in 1976 (while Gore beat Bush in the popular vote in 2000, he failed to capture a majority, receiving 48.38% as Ralph Nader and Patrick Buchanan each ran as alternative candidates.
(All historical stats courtesy of Dave Leips Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections)