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Historical Election Results

Electoral College Box Scores 2000-2012

Election 2000
President George W. Bush [R]
Main Opponent Albert Gore, Jr. [D]
Electoral Vote Winner:   271 Main Opponent:   266 Total/Majority:   538/270
Popular Vote Winner:   50,456,062 Main Opponent:   50,996,582
Vice President Richard B. Cheney (271)
V.P. Opponent:   Joseph Lieberman (266)
Notes George W. Bush received fewer popular votes than Albert Gore Jr., but received a majority of electoral votes. One electoral vote was not cast.

Election 2004
President George W. Bush [R]
Main Opponent John F. Kerry [D]
Electoral Vote Winner:   286 Main Opponent:   251 Total/Majority:   538/270
Popular Vote Winner:   60,693,281 Main Opponent:  57,355,978
Votes for Others John Edwards (1)
Vice President Richard B. Cheney (286)
V.P. Opponent:   John Edwards (252)
Notes One Minnesota elector voted for John Edwards for both President and Vice President. During the counting of the vote in Congress, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) and Sen. Barabara Boxer (D-Calif.) raised objections to the Ohio Certificate of Vote alleging that the votes were not regularly given. Both houses voted to override the objection, 74 to 1 in the Senate and 267 to 31 in the House of Representatives.

Election 2008
President Barack Obama [D]
Main Opponent John McCain [R]
Electoral Vote* Winner:   365 Main Opponent:   173 Total/Majority:   538/270
Popular Vote** Winner:   69,297,997 Main Opponent:   59,597,520
Vice President Joe Biden (365)
V.P. Opponent:   Sarah Palin (173)
Notes * Nebraska distributes its electoral votes proportionally, with two at-large electors representing the statewide winning presidential and vice presidential candidates and one elector each representing the winners from its three Congressional districts. For the first time since adopting this system, Nebraska's five electoral votes were split between the two major party tickets. The McCain-Palin ticket won Nebraska overall and received the two at-large electors, as well as the electors from the First and Third Congressional Districts, where McCain-Palin also won. However, the Obama-Biden ticket won the Second Congressional District and, thus, received its one elector.
** Popular vote totals are derived from the states' Certificates of Ascertainment.

Election 2012
President Barack Obama [D]
Main Opponent Mitt Romney [R]
Electoral Vote Winner:   332 Main Opponent:   206 Total/Majority:   538/270
Popular Vote* Winner:   65,444,241 Main Opponent:   60,587,978
Vice President Joe Biden (332)
V.P. Opponent:   Paul Ryan (206)
Notes
* Popular vote totals are derived from the states' Certificates of Ascertainment.

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