Top Ten Notable Performances by a Third Party Candidate In a US Presidential Election

The Top Ten

Theodore Roosevelt (Progressive, 1912) Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the ...read more.

The only third-party candidate to get more votes than one of the two major parties since the Dem/Rep era began, although he did not win.

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All he did was get Wilson elected, and we've been on a long, downhill slide ever since.

John Breckinridge (Southern Democrat, 1860)
Ross Perot (Independent, 1992)

Responsible for getting Bill Clinton elected.

Stole a lot of George H.W. Bush's votes, so Clinton ended up winning.

Millard Fillmore (American, 1856)
John Bell (Constitutional Union, 1860)
James Weaver (People's, 1892)
Eugene Debs (Socialist, 1912)
Martin Van Buren (Free Soil, 1848) Martin Van Buren was an American statesman who served as the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841.
George Wallace (American Independent, 1968) George Corley Wallace Jr. was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. Wallace has the third longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S.
Gary Johnson (Libertarian, 2012) Gary Earl Johnson is an American businessman, author and politician who served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 as a member of the Republican Party.

He got over a million votes. - techisawesome

The Contenders

John Floyd (Nullifier, 1832)
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