Question: How many presidents were elected without winning the popular vote? And which ones were they?
Answer: Five presidents took office without winning the popular vote. In other words they won the electoral college vote; not the popular vote.
- John Quincy Adams who lost by 44,804 votes to Andrew Jackson in 1824. John Quincy Adams was elected by the House of Representatives after a tie in the electoral votes.
- Rutherford B. Hayes who lost by 264,292 votes to Samuel J. Tilden in 1876
- Benjamin Harrison who lost by 95,713 votes to Grover Cleveland in 1888
- George W. Bush who lost by 543,816 votes to Al Gore in 2000
- Donald Trump who lost by 2,868,686 votes to Hillary Clinton in 2016
Updated: 7/10/2018 to reflect how many votes Hillary Clinton won by. Original sentence, “Donald Trump who is currently losing by 233,404 votes to Hillary Clinton in 2016”