Table: GOP has won popular vote for president only twice since 1988

Measuring the popular vote in previous presidential elections

(Winning party is highlighted in their respective color, popular vote winner is in bold).

Year Democrat Republican Turnout
2012 65,915,796 60,933,500 54.90%
2008 69,498,516 59,948,323 58.20%
2004 59,028,444 62,040,610 56.70%
2000 50,999,897 50,456,002 51.20%
1996 47,401,185 39,197,469 49%
1992 44,909,806 39,104,550 55.20%
1988 41,809,074 48,886,097 50.20%
Totals 379,562,718 360,566,551

The GOP likes to describe the “mandate” they have been given by the voters, but the numbers show that the American people, on the national level, at least, have been consistently rejecting their agenda for decades now.

(Full disclosure: The outcomes of the 1992 and the 2000 races were potentially influenced by the candidacies of Ross Perot and Ralph Nader, respectively. I will be writing about this separately in the coming days)

 

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