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Electoral College Stole American Elections 5 Times in U.S. History

Updated on November 5, 2018
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Kristina Lasher has her B.S. in Communications with a focus in Culture.

Family and National Unity Common Themes Throughout American History

According to the “L.A. Times,” the President-Elect has lost the popular vote five times in U.S. History. These presidents include John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, George W. Bush, and Donald J. Trump. This article will list the commonalities between these instances in our history based on the fact three of these individuals were immediate family members of previous presidents, two were believed to bring the nation together, and two of these instances occurred during this century. Additionally, it also considers the need to readdress the Electoral College, because most of these instances occurred favored the Republican Party candidate.

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This is what the map looks like when the popular vote is inline with the electoral college votes.
This is what the map looks like when the popular vote is inline with the electoral college votes. | Source

John Quincy Adams 6th President of the United States – Son of 2nd President John Adams

It comes as no surprise to learn John Quincy Adams is the first instance of this phenomenon of the President-Elect losing the popular vote. There was never a better time to show preference towards previous leadership, than the son of the 2nd president. He was a member of several different political parties, so this takes away from the idea of one party was being favored, but does show preference of his political family. He only served one term from 1825-1829.

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Rutherford B. Hayes 19th President During the Reconstruction Era 1877-1881

White House.Gov reports, Rutherford B. Hayes oversaw the end of Reconstruction and attempted to reconcile the divisions left over from the Civil War. The nation was recovering from the deadliest American War and needed someone who could bring the nation together in order to heal. He served during the Civil War with the ranking of Major General. He was a Republican and only served one term.

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Confederate Monument - Arlington National Cemetery
Confederate Monument - Arlington National Cemetery | Source

Benjamin Harrison 23rd President - Grandson of 9th President William Harrison

Biography claims, Benjamin Harrison became a member of the Republican Party when it was created in 1856. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1880 and served as the president from 1889 to 1892. Interestingly enough, the only reason he was nominated by the party was the fact they could not find a suitable alternative. At the same time, he also only served one term, which is common for all three of these previous examples.

 Taken on January 20, 2009.
Taken on January 20, 2009. | Source

George W. Bush 43rd President – Son of 41st President George H. W. Bush

Now in the modern world, it is easier to recall what happened during this time, because we lived it. It was abundantly clear the only reason George W. Bush won this election was the fact his father was president not that long before himself. This instance can be compared to the first instance, because of how close the two terms were together. Additionally, he is also a Republican who he went on a wild goose chase into a nation who did not attack us, just to complete some unfinished business his father left behind.

About 20 yards in front of US Grant memorial, on the west front to the US Capitol, Jan. 20, 2005.
About 20 yards in front of US Grant memorial, on the west front to the US Capitol, Jan. 20, 2005. | Source

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2017 Inauguration Day. Lots of space for people!!!
2017 Inauguration Day. Lots of space for people!!! | Source

Donald J. Trump 45th President – Served After the 1st African American President Served 2 Terms

Donald Trump won his election as a Republican, but as late as the early 2000s he was a registered Democrat from New York City. This election puzzles me the most, because the people who voted for him should have been able to see what kind of lying, snake he is, but elected him anyway. At the same time, there is a strong argument they believed he would bring the nation together better than Hillary Clinton, because she was believed to be untrustworthy.

The reality is, the Electoral College was always questionable in the past, but the fact two of these instances have occurred during this century proves this has become a serious problem that must be addressed before another election occurs. The loss for Al Gore was tough enough because he only had a few defectors in the Electoral College who sent his votes to Bush, but for Hillary Clinton the problem was worse and more blatant based on the number of defectors. This is the result of Russian interference through social media, not to change the minds of many, but the few electorates.

© 2018 Kristina Lasher

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      10 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Kristina

      I want to clarify most votes is the winner, there is no stipulation the candidate needs 50%, just more than the other candidates. In 1992 B. CLINTON recieved 370 ec votes 44,908,254 pop votes. G. BUSH 168 ec votes and 39,102,343 pop votes. R. PEROT recieved 0 ec votes and only 19,743,821 pop votes. In this case as the next the ec votes matched, the pop votes.

      B:--------

      There is also no stipulation that the popular vote wins the election. The point is that the EC has and is still the only votes that count to win the US presidency. Almost 60 million people didn't want Bill Clinton as president, and that is hardly the popular vote.

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      In 1996, B. CLINTON received 379 ec votes a d 45,590,703 pop votes. R. DOLE received 159 ec votes and 37,876,307 pop votes. R. Perot received 0 ec votes and only 8,085,294 pop votes.

      In 2016, D. TRUMP received 304 ec votes and 62,980,160 pop votes. HRC received 227 ec votes and 65,845,063 pop votes. This is a nearly 3 million pop vote difference in her favor, with a 77 ec vote in his favor. This means the electorates chose to submit their votes for him. The point of ec is to stop unqualified candidates from winning, but CHOSE to ignore their purpose. The other candidates from 2016 didnt receive any ec votes. G. JOHNSON received 4,488,931 pop votes. J. Stein received 1,457,050 pop votes. E. McMullin received 728,830 pop votes.

      B:---------------------------

      The EC didn't make the choice that EC rules based on the votes within the states made the choice. And HRC and the DNC tried to force them to change their votes. And that is not the purpose of the EC. EC exists to prevent things like CA making its popular vote the deciding factor in the National Race. It protects the small states from being at the hands of the big states.

      The three million votes that you mention can be attributed to the 3 million more votes HRC received in CA. That also got her 55 EC votes, but she didn't make the 271 EC votes.

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      People need to stop making excuses for a President who played off the biases Russia was manipulating through social media.

      B:---------

      Do you have any facts to support that statement?

      How did Hillary get the popular vote then?

      How did she only get 10% of the wins in the US counties?

      How did Russia help Trump beat 16 of the best republican professional politicians in the primary?

      How does Trump qualify as "unqualified candidates from winning, " beating the best that both parties had to offer for the presidency?

      There is absolutely NO Evidence to tie the Russians or Trump into the results of the election.

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      Your claim Trump won 90% of all U.S counties is a lie only Fox News would use. There is no way that is the case, obviously when you look at real facts the numbers dont support it.

      B:---------------------------

      Then show me some different FACTS

      Then explain how he trounced HRC in the EC.

      BTW I don't watch cable news at all

      I am not a Republican, I just like Trump.

      And when are the Anti Trump people going to help the country and do something.

      For the part 28 years before Trump we had the so called Qualified experienced and professional politicians in both the congress and the presidency.

      They put the US into a decline that wound up having 19 terrorists successfully attack the US in 2001, and a an attempted take down terrorists in 1993 of the WTC that was unsuccessful. On 911 the entire US defense system failed, and not a single defensive measure was utilized against the attack.

      On 2008 while all the professional politicians were focused on the presidential election, they pros watched in surprise when the economy had a meltdown. Both GW Bush and Obama along with their congresses FAILED to help the victims of the Banks that were responsible along with the government for the economic collapse.

      Neither party has the solutions for the country but both parties cause the problems, and that is why Trump not being part of these professionals that were responsible for the take down of the country is the reason he was elected.

      Trump didn't create nor is he responsible for the acts or omissions to act that caused the decline and collapse of the country. He did when he became president Inherit these problems, and he has already started the country on the way to make America great again.

      What are the Anti Trump politicians doing for the Country?

    • Kristina Lasher profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristina Lasher 

      10 months ago from Poughkeepsie, New York

      I want to clarify most votes is the winner, there is no stipulation the candidate needs 50%, just more than the other candidates. In 1992 B. CLINTON recieved 370 ec votes 44,908,254 pop votes. G. BUSH 168 ec votes and 39,102,343 pop votes. R. PEROT recieved 0 ec votes and only 19,743,821 pop votes. In this case as the next the ec votes matched, the pop votes.

      In 1996, B. CLINTON received 379 ec votes a d 45,590,703 pop votes. R. DOLE received 159 ec votes and 37,876,307 pop votes. R. Perot received 0 ec votes and only 8,085,294 pop votes.

      In 2016, D. TRUMP received 304 ec votes and 62,980,160 pop votes. HRC received 227 ec votes and 65,845,063 pop votes. This is a nearly 3 million pop vote difference in her favor, with a 77 ec vote in his favor. This means the electorates chose to submit their votes for him. The point of ec is to stop unqualified candidates from winning, but CHOSE to ignore their purpose. The other candidates from 2016 didnt receive any ec votes. G. JOHNSON received 4,488,931 pop votes. J. Stein received 1,457,050 pop votes. E. McMullin received 728,830 pop votes.

      People need to stop making excuses for a President who played off the biases Russia was manipulating through social media. Your claim Trump won 90% of all U.S counties is a lie only Fox News would use. There is no way that is the case, obviously when you look at real facts the numbers dont support it.

      Thanks for reading

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      10 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Kristina

      1992 US presidential election results. Bill Clinton defeated George H. W. Bush with 43 percent of the popular vote and 370 electoral votes.

      1996 US presidential election results. Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole with 49 percent of the popular vote and 379 electoral votes.

      In neither election did Bill Clinton win the popular vote of the country that being greater than 50%.

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      Trump beat HRC in the EC 305 to 231.

      And that is with her getting 105 of them from three heavily populated states. CA, NY and IL.

      The 55 EC votes in CA were given to HRC and the 3 million votes difference in the popular vote can be found in CA. HRC had 7 million votes and Trump had 4 million votes.

      Then HRC and the DNC started pressuring the EC to change their votes.

      While the EC needs to be fixed, it was known by both parties that this was the only way to win the presidency. In fact, HRC, DNC and the Media made a big point all during the campaign even until the last few hours of the election that Donald Trump couldn't possibly break 270 EC votes.

      The EC should use the proportion of the votes in a states, rather than winner take all.

      Do we really want the Ultra Blue state of CA to determine who is going to be our president. CA is bankrupt, and while by definition the US cannot go bankrupt, it just means higher taxes to make up for the deficit of CA government thinking.

      The fact is that winning the popular vote was never on the table since the EC was created.

      Ironically, HRC claims that she won the popular vote and she should be president, and at the same time she and the DNC are claiming that the Russians colluded with Trump to influence the election.

      How did 7 million people in CA not get influenced to vote for Trump?

      Until we change the rules for how the US presidency is determined, then any commentary from the loser is just sour grapes.

      Donald Trump won 90% of all the counties in the US. That seems to be more representative of what the country wants for the presidency.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      10 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Kristina,

      We are on one accord. Countries that use a popular vote historically have been very unstable. Perhaps, we can try something else. Your article makes that sternly clear. Great research on this topic. Thank you again.

    • Kristina Lasher profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristina Lasher 

      10 months ago from Poughkeepsie, New York

      I don't disagree it had a purpose, but that purpose has only helped one party and has abused its power twice in 16 years!

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      10 months ago from U.S.A.

      It's important to note, the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College as a way to balance the power of big states with small states. This is why we have two houses in Congress as well.

      The Founding Fathers also thought the Electoral College would be composed of "men," at the time, who could make the best decision for president.

      Truthfully, I do not like how that works.

      However, the Electoral College was supposed to stop "populists" from seizing the presidency. It has failed on that account.

      It requires some work definitely.

      But no party has the political will to tackle it.

      I don't think going to a popular vote system is a solution either. We would see more populists taking control of the Executive Branch.

      I enjoyed reading your article.

      Thank you.

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