The Electoral College Fails For The Fifth Time, With Democrats The Losers All 5 Times: 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, 2016

The Electoral College has failed for the fifth time, and twice in 16 years.

The same thing happened in 2000, with Al Gore, and in 1888 with Grover Cleveland, and in 1876 with Samuel Tilden, and in 1824 with Andrew Jackson.

Each of these four times, and now with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee won the popular vote, but lost the electoral vote to their opponent, with each candidate who won the Presidency, except John Quincy Adams in 1824 (National Republican) being a Republican–Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, George W. Bush in 2000, and now Donald Trump in 2016.

To imagine it would happen 16 years apart (2000 and 2016) after having occurred 12 years apart (1876 and 1888) makes the urgency to change the Electoral College, but it has been attempted before and has failed.

So we are stuck with the reality that this can happen again and again, sadly!

6 comments on “The Electoral College Fails For The Fifth Time, With Democrats The Losers All 5 Times: 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, 2016

  1. Mike November 10, 2016 3:49 pm

    It is interesting to think that the Republican nominee for President has only won the Popular Vote once since 1992 (despite winning the election three times), with the one time being Bush’s reelection in 2004 against Kerry. With states such as California and New York being so densely Democratic but having such high populations this scenario may likely be a routine occurence. It allows them to “run-up” the popular vote without actually making a difference in the Electoral College Vote.

  2. Ronald November 10, 2016 4:03 pm

    You are correct, Mike, a major problem, to say the least!

  3. D November 10, 2016 5:47 pm

    November 10, 2016 @ 05:38 p.m. ET | According to, Donald Trump has received 59,791,135 in the U.S. Popular Vote. Hillary Clinton has received 60,071,781 votes.

    Due to the fact that not the full 100 percent of presidential votes cast are in nationwide, I have to go on what is so far reported.

    I look to see the breakdown in votes and one state stands out: Texas.

    In Texas, Donald Trump has received 4,681,590 votes. Hillary Clinton has received 3,867,816 votes.

    The raw-vote margin in the U.S. Popular Vote, so far, is Hillary Clinton at +280,646.

    The raw-vote margin from Texas, so far, is Donald Trump at +813,774.

    In 2012 Texas, Mitt Romney carried the state by 1,261,719.

    A 2016 Donald Trump has underperformed a 2012 Mitt Romney with Texas by, so far, –447,945 votes.

    What I am saying is this: Had Donald Trump pretty much matched Mitt Romney with their numbers in Texas, Hillary Clinton would not hold on with the U.S. Popular Vote.

  4. Ronald November 10, 2016 7:09 pm

    Great point, D!

  5. Southern Liberal November 10, 2016 8:11 pm

    If a 2016 Republican had to beat her, I could’ve stomached Kasich better. I may not agree with him policy wise but at least I would be comforted by the fact that he’s not mentally unstable.

  6. Ronald November 10, 2016 9:07 pm

    Southern Liberal, I have always said that John Kasich was, by far, the best Republican in 2016, and Jon Huntsman in 2012, if you went back and looked at my references to both on my blog!

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