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Can you name the person who came in 2nd in the Electoral College in each US presidential election?
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Nov 15th, 2009 at 02:51 GMT
The second half of it is already on a quiz, but it's still pretty good.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 02:53 GMT
I know the second half is already in a quiz...I just thought it might be nice to have them all together in one place. :)
Nov 15th, 2009 at 07:04 GMT
Breckinridge is officially spelled with an i where you have a middle e, and Willkie has two l's.
Nov 15th, 2009 at 18:09 GMT
Revised- thank you for the catch!
Feb 19th, 2011 at 14:48 GMT
William Jennings Bryan was like the Buffalo Bills of US politics.
Mar 6th, 2011 at 19:05 GMT
Odd to think that we could have had two different Presidents named "Winfield." But of course, the one was named for the other (though not related).
Mar 7th, 2011 at 02:46 GMT
In 1824, Andrew Jackson did *not* come in second in the Electoral College. He came in first; John Quincy Adams came in second. Because Jackson only had a plurality and not a majority of the electoral vote, the election was thrown into the House of Representatives where Adams won.
Mar 7th, 2011 at 02:47 GMT
Also, in 1800, both Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr tied for first place, which makes either "Thomas Jefferson/Aaron Burr" or "John Adams" the plausible answers for that election.
Mar 15th, 2011 at 02:55 GMT
Technically, Greeley died, so his electoral college vote was divided up and Thomas Hendricks actually finished second in the electoral vote in 1872.
Mar 15th, 2011 at 23:45 GMT
Bonus answer for "Dewey defeats Truman!"?
Mar 17th, 2011 at 03:45 GMT
we could have had a president named rufus. that would have been great.
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Mar 21st, 2011 at 21:42 GMT
@XYlophonetreeZ So would that make Eugene Debs the Detroit Lions?
May 13th, 2011 at 22:40 GMT
Hughes's last name was "Evans" with an "s."
Game published: Oct 17th, 2012 at 19:00 GMT
Oct 17th, 2012 at 19:17 GMT
Amazing how one newspaper headline takes Thomas Dewey from relative obscurity to being among the most famous losers in the race for the presidency.
Oct 17th, 2012 at 20:45 GMT
The plural of "runner-up" is "runners-up," not "runner-ups."
Oct 17th, 2012 at 21:32 GMT
No bonus for Mitt Romney?
Oct 17th, 2012 at 23:08 GMT
So basically what I learned is that the BreckEnridge ski resort is not named after that BreckInridge.
Oct 17th, 2012 at 23:45 GMT
Thanks to the History Channel I remember "James G. Blaine from the State of Maine." PS. One typo: for 1916 it's Evans, not Evan.
Oct 18th, 2012 at 01:47 GMT
You have got to give William Jennings Bryan an A for effort.
Oct 18th, 2012 at 02:22 GMT
Soon Romney or Obama will join this list.
Oct 18th, 2012 at 05:27 GMT
Thanks to They Might Be Giants for assistance with the 2nd-to-least-gotten answer!
Oct 18th, 2012 at 09:01 GMT
Interesting factoid- the Republican Party hasn't won a presidential election without a Bush or Nixon on the ticket since 1928. Can Romney/Ryan end an eighty-four year run?
Oct 18th, 2012 at 12:11 GMT
Ghosts: Despite being one of my favorite TMBG songs...I couldn't remember all the candidates listed in the song...ticked me off.
Oct 18th, 2012 at 17:54 GMT
Dewey didn't win?... but the headline read.....
Oct 22nd, 2012 at 02:25 GMT
R.I.P. George McGovern. One of my faves
Nov 2nd, 2012 at 23:38 GMT
I'm pretty sure John Adams did not run for president in 1789 or 1792. Washington ran unopposed both times.
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 19:03 GMT
I remembered Lewis Cass because there is a nearby high school named after him.
Nov 8th, 2012 at 04:28 GMT
@RS89: Pre-12th Amendment, the electoral college didn't discriminate between president and vice president with their votes. Each elector had two votes and whoever got the most became president, whoever got the second most became VP. Also, technically Jackson came in first in the elector college in 1824. He came in second at the House of Representatives.
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