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Where Obama, Romney rank in Electoral College scores

President Obama ranks ninth among candidates for president in electoral-vote averages since 1896, according to a First Read analysis.

Mitt Romney's 203 EVs puts him 22nd of the 44 candidates who have gotten at least one electoral vote in that 116-year history.

Bill Clinton, who comes in at No. 7, edges Obama 374.5 to 348.5.

The list of the all-time top 44:

by Anonymousreply 811/26/2012

Presidential candidates, ranked by average Electoral College votes

1. Reagan 507

2. LBJ 486

3. FDR 469

4. Eisenhower 449.5

5. Harding 404

6. Coolidge 382

7. Clinton 374.5

8. Wilson 356

9. Obama 348.5

10. Nixon 346.7

11. Truman 303

11. Kennedy 303

13. H.W. Bush 297

14. McKinley 281.5

15. W. Bush 278.5

16. Gore 266

17. Hughes 254

18. Hoover 251.5

19. Kerry 251

20. Ford 240

21. T. Roosevelt 212

22. Romney 203

23. Humphrey 191

24. McCain 173

24. Carter 173

26. Taft 164.5

27. Bryan 164.3

28. Dole 159

29. Dewey 144

30. Parker 140

31. Davis 136

32. Cox 127

33. Dukakis 111

34. Smith 87

35. Wilkie 82

36. Stevenson 81

37. Goldwater 52

38. Wallace 46

39. Thurmond 39

40. McGovern 17

41. Byrd 15

42. Mondale 13

43. LaFollette 13

44. Landon 8

by Anonymousreply 111/25/2012

LOL

After the election, Freeper pundits were bitching about how Obama failed to get as many electoral votes as he did in 2008. Big fucking deal! The man won anyway, and he received--on average--the 9th highest Electoral College score out of all men elected president.

by Anonymousreply 211/25/2012

R2,

If they were smart, they'd be alarmed that no Republican has reached the relatively low (but good enough for the win) score of 300.

George W. Bush received 271 (2000) and 286 (2004) electoral votes.

By the way: President Obama won an uncommon re-election. I will say he needed to be more demanding a leader and, in such case, with more speedier success he would've won a more tradition re-election of increased margin and electoral-vote score.

Had the president won by an addition three to five percentage points -- rather than being reduced -- he still would have lost Indiana and Nebraska #02 (which were Democratic pickups in 2008), but he would've retained carriage of North Carolina and garnered pickups in Georgia and Arizona. (He won over the female vote in Ariz. I haven't seen exit polls on Ga. to know if he won women there as he had in 2008.) Ultimately, President Obama would have come up with 374 electoral votes, nine more than his first-election victory in 2008.

by Anonymousreply 311/25/2012

[italic]Clarification:[/italic]

"If they were smart, they'd be alarmed that no Republican has reached the relatively low (but good enough for the win) score of 300."

I meant to add:

"If they were smart, they'd be alarmed that no [winning] Republican has reached the relatively low (but good enough for the win) score of 300 . . . since the 1980s."

by Anonymousreply 411/25/2012

How come Ford has 240 and Carter 173, but Carter won? Isn't 270 the magic number?

by Anonymousreply 511/25/2012

R5,

Those listed are averages.

1976 Jimmy Carter: 297

1980 Jimmy Carter: 49

Total: 346.

Divide by 2: 173 electoral votes (on average).

by Anonymousreply 611/25/2012

Notice how most of the top vote-getters are liberal/progressive? Reagan being the obvious exception.

by Anonymousreply 711/26/2012

It's too bad that Reagan had that huge landslide and that he's #1. Doesn't deserve to be above FDR.

by Anonymousreply 811/26/2012
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