After the 2004 Presidential election, when Bush supporters said that their candidate had received the most votes of any candidate in history (59.5 million), Kerry supporters often responded by pointing out that Kerry himself had gotten the second highest number of votes in history (55.9 million).
Who received the third highest popular vote in history?
Ronald Reagan (1984), with 54.5 million votes.
Who received the fourth and fifth highest popular votes in history?
Interestingly, Gore (2000), with 51.0 million votes; and Bush (2000) with 50.5 million votes.
I'll leave this third one as an open question: Who received the third most votes of any candidate in any race in the 2004 elections? (Bush and Kerry were obviously first and second.)
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