Quiz: The U.S. Presidential Also-Rans Quiz
The U.S. Presidential Also-Rans Quiz
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About This Quiz

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?

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The Chicago Tribune famously announced this guy as the winner of the 1948 presidential election … but he didn't win.
2.0 of 30
When this candidate won the popular vote but lost the electoral count, an armed mob showed up on Capitol Hill.
3.0 of 30
Which of these unsuccessful candidates later became secretary of state?
4.0 of 30
Which candidate's opponent gave out pamphlets that accused him of having "a hideous hermaphroditical character?"
6.0 of 30
This man also factored heavily in that controversial 1800 election, eventually losing to Jefferson after tying him in electoral votes.
8.0 of 30
This losing candidate's TV ads poked fun at the name of his opponent's running mate.
9.0 of 30
Which candidate ran his fifth losing presidential campaign from prison?
10.0 of 30
Which losing candidate later won a Nobel Peace Prize?
11.0 of 30
Which presidential candidate died as the electoral college votes were being counted?
12.0 of 30
Which presidential candidate's slogan promised that he'd "make your wet dreams come true?"
13.0 of 30
This multiple-time also-ran founded the Reform Party.
14.0 of 30
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."
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16.0 of 30
Which frequent presidential candidate's hopes were finally dashed when he was shot and paralyzed?
17.0 of 30
This candidate won only the District of Columbia and his home state in 1984.
18.0 of 30
This former Civil War (Union) general ran for the presidency on a pro-war platform in 1864 — even though his party was anti-war.
19.0 of 30
He was on the losing side in the most lopsided presidential election.
20.0 of 30
Woodrow Wilson won the 1912 election largely because the Republicans didn't nominate this man, who had won the primary.
21.0 of 30
How many sitting presidents have failed to be re-elected?
22.0 of 30
Which candidate ultimately lost the election after his running mate was found to have undergone electroshock therapy for chronic depression?
23.0 of 30
Al Gore wasn't the first man to lose the presidency after a vote-counting scandal in Florida. Who was the first?
24.0 of 30
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."
25.0 of 30
This incumbent lost a lot of credibility when he said during a debate that "there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe."
26.0 of 30
The running mate for this presidential also-ran famously started his first debate introduction by saying "Who am I? Why am I here?"
27.0 of 30
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?
28.0 of 30
Years after three failed presidential bids, he was the losing attorney in the Scopes trial in 1925.
29.0 of 30
Which failed presidential candidate "fought" Evander Holyfield in 2015?
30.0 of 30
Who was the first woman to run for president?
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