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« on: June 10, 2004, 04:14:43 pm »

Which president was elected with the fewest number of states in his column?
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2004, 04:24:05 pm »

Adams?
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2004, 05:04:56 pm »

Which president was elected with the fewest number of states in his column?
Good question. I think elcorazon is probably right with Adams. I think for our purposes we should look at it as the lowest percentage in the last century. Since this both Kennedy and Carter won with 23/51 . Gore won 21 last time and could have made it with 22/51.

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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2004, 05:39:27 pm »

Adams
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2004, 05:47:18 pm »

It is Adams. John Q. Adams won the majority in only 6 states (all New England) but won the election due to a vote in the House.

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2004, 06:48:48 pm »
« Edited: June 10, 2004, 06:50:25 pm by Lunar »

Not really fair to look back that far.
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2004, 06:56:53 pm »

Not really fair to look back that far.

I guess the next is Carter in 1976 or Kennedy in 1960.
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2004, 06:57:30 pm »

It might be better to calculate the lowest percentage of states so the elections in the 1800s can be taken into consideration.
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2004, 11:36:02 pm »

Which president was elected with the fewest number of states in his column?
Good question. I think elcorazon is probably right with Adams. I think for our purposes we should look at it as the lowest percentage in the last century. Since this both Kennedy and Carter won with 23/51 . Gore won 21 last time and could have made it with 22/51.



If you're looking for close calls, I think Charles Hughes could have won with 19/48 states in 1916 by flipping <0.2% in California... this would be 39.6% of states.  

Kennedy and Carter won 45.1%.
Gore would have won 43.1% had he won FL.

I'm not sure any other president has won with a minority of states, excluding the elections before there was a populat vote.
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2004, 12:39:40 am »

Kennedy won 22/50, not 23/51.  This was before DC had electoral votes.  So Kennedy had 44%.
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