Electoral college and the popular vote

For those curious, President Elect is a site that contains information about the electoral college, including the popular and electoral vote counts from as early as 1824 (with a couple of missing years) as well as the individual state vote counts for each election (where available). There are some interesting curiosities... follow the link to the complete story to find out more trivia.

  • Did you know that in the 2000 election, the DC representative left the DC ballot blank in protest over the lack of congressional representation for the Nation's capital?
  • In 1998, one of the electors for West Virginia cast a ballot for Lloyd Benson at the top of the ticket and Michael Dukakis as the VP.
  • Bush had a margin of 547 votes over Gore in Florida in 2000, but Ralph Nader garnered nearly 98,000 votes and other candidates garnered another 40,000.
  • In 1860, Honest Abe won the election despite not being on the ballot in 9 states (accounting for about 20% of the eligible electoral college votes). That's probably part of the reason that he won with only 39.9% of the vote. Interestingly, there were 3 other strong contenders with 12.6%, 18.1% and 29.9% each!