Which US political party has had the most votes for President? Both popularly, and electorally?

Note: given the sometimes radical changes in party platforms over the years, this may seem like apples and oranges, because the voter bases each party appeals to have changed and at times even reversed polarity. This Q. is more in the abstract sense of parties as machines, ("slow AIs" perhaps?); machines that ingest votes like a whale ingests plankton.

  • Do you mean total votes added up from each election since the founding of that party?
    – divibisan
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 2:00
  • @divibisan, Yes, the total votes from each Presidential election since that party's founding.
    – agc
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 2:06
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    Probably Democrats simply because they're older than the Republican party and before then the party system tended to be a convoluted, ever-changing mess. At least for popular votes. Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 3:14
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    @zibadawatimmy Surprisingly, that's not actually the case.
    – Bobson
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 3:46

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I don't think that this number will give you anything useful, but I found it a interesting problem to spend half an hour writing a little script to calculate.

I used the table from this Wikipedia page, which goes back to 1828 (the first election the popular vote was recorded for).

I also excluded the Republicans from the years that the table is using their column for another (presumably related) party. It doesn't make much difference, given how much larger the country is now.

  • The Republicans have been in 41 elections since 1856, with 24 wins, 10,352 total electoral votes, and 1,000,736,782 total popular votes.

  • The Democrats have been in 48 elections since 1828, with 22 wins, 10,161 total electoral votes, and 990,385,979 total popular votes.

It may be worth noting that 29.6% of the Republican popular votes and 31.4% of the Democratic popular votes have come in the 21st century (the 2000 election and on)


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