The U.S. Presidential Also-Rans Quiz
by Staff
The road to the American presidency is littered with hundreds of also-rans — many forgotten, some still fresh in our minds. How much do you know about losing presidential candidates?

The Chicago Tribune famously announced this guy as the winner of the 1948 presidential election … but he didn't win.

  • Alf Landon
  • Adlai Stevenson
  • Thomas Dewey

When this candidate won the popular vote but lost the electoral count, an armed mob showed up on Capitol Hill.

  • John Floyd
  • Samuel Tilden
  • Horace Greeley

Which of these unsuccessful candidates later became secretary of state?

  • John Kerry
  • Barry Goldwater
  • Henry Kissinger

Which candidate's opponent gave out pamphlets that accused him of having "a hideous hermaphroditical character?"

  • James Buchanan
  • John Adams
  • Abraham Lincoln

What did Adams call Jefferson in return?

  • "the son of a half-breed Indian squaw"
  • "a callow, ill-mannered farmer"
  • "an execrable piece of low-born filth"

This man also factored heavily in that controversial 1800 election, eventually losing to Jefferson after tying him in electoral votes.

  • Aaron Burr
  • James Madison
  • Alexander Hamilton

In 1807, Burr was arrested for treason. Why?

  • He attempted to start a war with France.
  • He was conspiring to assassinate Jefferson.
  • He was trying to start a new country.

This losing candidate's TV ads poked fun at the name of his opponent's running mate.

  • Hubert Humphrey
  • Edmund Muskie
  • Barry Goldwater

Which candidate ran his fifth losing presidential campaign from prison?

  • John P. Hale
  • Horatio Seymour
  • Eugene V. Debs

Which losing candidate later won a Nobel Peace Prize?

  • Al Gore
  • Henry Cabot Lodge
  • Walter Mondale

Which presidential candidate died as the electoral college votes were being counted?

  • Charles Pickney
  • Horace Greeley
  • Rufus King

Which presidential candidate's slogan promised that he'd "make your wet dreams come true?"

  • Alton B. Parker
  • Alfred Smith
  • Charles Evans Hughes

This multiple-time also-ran founded the Reform Party.

  • Eugene V. Debs
  • Adlai Stevenson
  • Ross Perot

When this guy lost his second-straight presidential election in 1956, he said, "It hurts too much to laugh, but I'm too old to cry."

  • Horatio Seymour
  • Adlai Stevenson
  • Wendell Willkie

Who beat Adlai Stevenson twice?

  • Herbert Hoover
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

Which frequent presidential candidate's hopes were finally dashed when he was shot and paralyzed?

  • George Wallace
  • John Fremont
  • Edmund Muskie

This candidate won only the District of Columbia and his home state in 1984.

  • Walter Mondale
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Michael Dukakis

This former Civil War (Union) general ran for the presidency on a pro-war platform in 1864 — even though his party was anti-war.

  • Joshua Chamberlain
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • George McClellan

He was on the losing side in the most lopsided presidential election.

  • Charles Pinckney
  • Rufus King
  • James G. Birney

Woodrow Wilson won the 1912 election largely because the Republicans didn't nominate this man, who had won the primary.

  • William H. Taft
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Calvin Coolidge

How many sitting presidents have failed to be re-elected?

  • four
  • five
  • six

Which candidate ultimately lost the election after his running mate was found to have undergone electroshock therapy for chronic depression?

  • George McGovern
  • Gary Hart
  • Barry Goldwater

Al Gore wasn't the first man to lose the presidency after a vote-counting scandal in Florida. Who was the first?

  • William H. Crawford
  • Samuel Tilden
  • Lewis Cass

In 2000, the George W. Bush campaign made robo-calls claiming that this man, his opponent in the Republican primaries, had fathered "an illegitimate black child."

  • John McCain
  • Mitt Romney
  • Ron Paul

This incumbent lost a lot of credibility when he said during a debate that "there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe."

  • George H.W. Bush
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Gerald Ford

The running mate for this presidential also-ran famously started his first debate introduction by saying "Who am I? Why am I here?"

  • Al Gore
  • Ross Perot
  • Michael Dukakis

Which 2012 Republican primary candidate couldn't name the three departments he'd get rid of if elected, when he was asked to in a debate?

  • Newt Gingrich
  • Rick Santorum
  • Rick Perry

Years after three failed presidential bids, he was the losing attorney in the Scopes trial in 1925.

  • William Jennings Bryan
  • Henry Clay
  • Winfield Scott

Which failed presidential candidate "fought" Evander Holyfield in 2015?

  • John McCain
  • Al Gore
  • Mitt Romney

Who was the first woman to run for president?

  • Victoria Woodhull
  • Gracie Allen
  • Ellen McCormack