How Soon We Forget: The Presidential Losers Quiz
by Staff
These also-rans gave it their best but came up short in America's biggest election. How much do you know about these presidential losers?

Which candidate was known as "Little Giant"?

  • George McClellan
  • Stephen A. Douglas
  • Herschel Johnson

Which candidate lost an election that was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court?

  • Bob Dole
  • George W. Bush
  • Al Gore

To whom did Thomas Jefferson lose the 1796 election?

  • Thomas Pinckney
  • John Adams
  • Aaron Burr

Who served as vice president under John Adams after the election of 1796?

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Aaron Burr
  • Thomas Pinckney

Which losing candidate came up with the idea of nationwide stumping tours?

  • William Jennings Bryan
  • Alton B. Parker
  • James M. Cox

To which candidate did George B. McClellan lose?

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James Buchanan
  • Franklin Pierce

Which candidate was the only one to have died before the electoral vote was cast?

  • Horace Greeley
  • Winfield Scott Hancock
  • William Jennings Bryan

To which candidate did Thomas E. Dewey lose?

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • William Howard Taft
  • Harry S. Truman

Which loser founded the Reform Party?

  • Ross Perot
  • John Davis
  • Rufus King

What occupation did Horace Greeley take up before politics?

  • journalism
  • accounting
  • lawyer

Which election did Grover Cleveland lose?

  • 1884
  • 1888
  • 1892

Who did John Hancock run against?

  • George Washington
  • James Iredell
  • James Madison

In what year did Strom Thurmond run for president?

  • 1948
  • 1872
  • 1972

How many times did Aaron Burr lose the election?

  • one
  • two
  • three

Which party was Martin Van Buren representing when he lost in 1848?

  • Federalist
  • Free Soil
  • Liberty

How many people ran for the Republican nomination in the 2016 election?

  • 5
  • 12
  • 17

Strom Thurmond was a strong supporter of what issue?

  • slavery
  • segregation
  • civil rights

John Q. Adams's first run at president failed to unseat which incumbent?

  • Zachary Taylor
  • James Monroe
  • Martin Van Buren

How many states did Michael Dukakis win in 1988?

  • 10
  • 3
  • 1

By what percentage did Hubert Humphrey lose the 1968 election?

  • 1 percent
  • 4 percent
  • 8 percent

Which losing candidate had the nickname, "The Pathfinder"?

  • Horace Greeley
  • John C. Fremont
  • William Dayton

Al Smith was the governor of which state?

  • New York
  • California
  • New Jersey

Which election did William Jennings Bryan NOT lose?

  • 1904
  • 1900
  • 1908

Before running for president, Winfield Scott Hancock was an officer who served in which war?

  • American Civil War
  • War of 1812
  • Spanish-American War

How many electoral votes did Adlai Stevenson collect?

  • 431
  • 73
  • 198

After losing to Ronald Reagan, which position did Walter Mondale fill?

  • attorney general
  • ambassador to Japan
  • secretary of state

In 2002, what event caused Walter Mondale to run for senate at the last minute?

  • He thought maybe he could build his way back to the presidency.
  • The other candidate died.
  • He was diagnosed with diabetes.

Who was the first third-party candidate to carry a state in an election?

  • John Floyd
  • Ross Perot
  • William Wirt

Robert Kennedy's assassination prompted which man to run for president?

  • Edmund Muskie
  • George McGovern
  • Barry Goldwater

What contributed to the collapse of Ed Muskie's run for president in 1972?

  • He cried in public.
  • There were huge discrepancies in his tax returns.
  • He could not throw a baseball.