Presidential Losers since 1900 by PolinskyL

Champion(s):

ChernicoffS
God help America.


Runner(s)-Up:

RichmondJ


Quiz Description

Note: All of these questions refer to people who were Republican or Democratic nominees for President, and never won. No answers will involve anyone who was President.
Last names are sufficient, except for Question 4.

Full Results:

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1 ChernicoffS 434 98 15
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2 RichmondJ 433 96 15
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3 gregariouschinchilla 406 94 15
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4 GiaquintoM 396 92 00
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5 BarkerC 391 90 15
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6 SpoeriJ 379 88 15
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7 IngramB 378 86 15
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8 GrahamJ 376 84 15
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9 CarterBurke 372 81 15
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10 Sharpj 369 79 00
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11 LuceroM 368 77 15
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12 FryedBetaKappa 366 75 00
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13 BeanA 356 73 15
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14 LaPlanteC 353 70 15
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14 HallR 353 70 15
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16 BeningoS 337 67 15
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17 AdelmanM 331 64 15
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18 WareD 314 62 00
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19 RalliP 297 60 00
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20 GoodmanDL 284 58 15
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21 KonkelT 271 56 15
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22 FrankensteinP 253 54 15
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23 HightB 252 52 15
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24 EdwardsT 245 50 15
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Questions:

What losing candidate reached only the rank of Captain before moving into politics, perhaps disappointing his father and grandfather, who were both four-star Admirals?

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John McCain

What man, who did not receive a majority of the electoral college vote, began his political career by quitting law school to run for Congress? (He had earlier quit journalism to start law school, and would eventually quit his House seat for a Senate seat.)

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Al Gore

Ted Cruz has tried to make hay of Donald Trump's past support of Democrats. What Republican switched party affiliation shortly before running, even having been a delegate at the Democratic convention just eight years earlier?

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Wendell Willkie

Two 20th-century losing candidates would go on to be the named partners in large 'white-shoe' corporate law firms. Name one of the 3 law firms which carried one of those candidates' names.
Name the LAWFIRM, not the candidate.

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Davis Polk and Wardwell; Dewey Ballantine/Dewey & LeBoeuf; Willkie Farr. (edited at 8:57 am, March 31, 2016 (EDT))

In what candidate's lucrative pre-political professional career was he a colleague of a man who would later become the Prime Minister of Israel?

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Mitt Romney

Two consecutive losing Democratic nominees were born in the same lightly-populated state, though one of them was generally associated with a neighboring state. Name both men.

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Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern (both born in SD)

What man quit the Supreme Court to become his party's nominee? Although he lost the election, he did eventually get to be Secretary of State, and would later get reappointed to the Court as Chief Justice.

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Charles Evans Hughes

5 different major-party candidates have lost a Presidential election to a Roosevelt. Who was the first?

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Alton Parker

What candidate ran the Boston Marathon as a 17-year-old high school senior at Brookline High School?

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Michael Dukakis

Two men who simultaneously held statewide elective office in Illinois were both renowned for their rather differing speaking styles. One, a prominent senator, was called (presumably not by his friends) "The Wizard of Ooze." Who was the other man, more self-deprecating in style, who lost two presidential elections?

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Adlai Stevenson II

What future senator is being described here? 'When fellow soldiers saw the extent of his injuries, all they thought they could do was to "give him the largest dose of morphine they dared and write an 'M' for 'morphine' on his forehead in his own blood, so that nobody else who found him would give him a second, fatal dose."'?

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Bob Dole

Two losing candidates (one from each party), 8 years apart, shared a 6-letter first name, though both went by (different) shorter forms of said name. Name both.

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Alfred "Al" Smith and Alfred "Alf" Landon