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The last 140 years of results on The Washington Post’s front page

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One hundred and forty years ago, The Washington Post printed the results of the first presidential election it covered: James A. Garfield against Winfield Scott Hancock. The Post had been in print for three years.

Garfield won in 1880: “Garfield Elected: An Undoubted Republican Majority in the Electoral College.” We've been in the campaign reporting business ever since.

As we wait for results from this election, let’s take a look back at the Post’s front pages for every other U.S. presidential election since 1880, from Grover Cleveland and Calvin Coolidge to Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.

(For The Washington Post)

2020

Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump

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(For The Washington Post)

2016

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton

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(For The Washington Post)

2012

Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

(For The Washington Post)

2008

Barack Obama vs. John McCain

(For The Washington Post)

2004

George W. Bush vs. John Kerry

(For The Washington Post)

2000

George W. Bush vs. Al Gore vs. Ralph Nader

(For The Washington Post)

1996

Bill Clinton vs. Robert Dole vs. H. Ross Perot vs. Ralph Nader

(For The Washington Post)

1992

Bill Clinton vs. George H.W. Bush vs. H. Ross Perot

(For The Washington Post)

1988

George H.W. Bush vs. Michael Dukakis

(For The Washington Post)

1984

Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale

(For The Washington Post)

1980

Ronald Reagan vs. Jimmy Carter vs. John B. Anderson

(For The Washington Post)

1976

Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford

(For The Washington Post)

1972

Richard M. Nixon vs. George McGovern

(For The Washington Post)

1968

Richard M. Nixon vs. Hubert Humphrey vs. George Wallace

(For The Washington Post)

1964

Lyndon B. Johnson vs. Barry Goldwater

(For The Washington Post)

1960

John F. Kennedy vs. Richard M. Nixon

(For The Washington Post)

1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower vs. Adlai E. Stevenson

(For The Washington Post)

1952

Dwight D. Eisenhower vs. Adlai E. Stevenson

(For The Washington Post)

1948

Harry Truman vs. Thomas E. Dewey vs. Strom Thurmond vs. Henry Wallace

(For The Washington Post)

1944

Franklin D. Roosevelt vs. Thomas E. Dewey

(For The Washington Post)

1940

Franklin D. Roosevelt vs. Wendall L. Wilkie

(For The Washington Post)

1936

Franklin D. Roosevelt vs. Alfred M. Landon

(For The Washington Post)

1932

Franklin D. Roosevelt vs. Herbert Hoover

(For The Washington Post)

1928

Herbert Hoover vs. Alfred E. Smith

(For The Washington Post)

1924

Calvin Coolidge vs. Robert M. Lafollette vs. Burton K. Wheeler vs. John W. Davis

(For The Washington Post)

1920

Warren G. Harding vs. James M. Cox vs. Eugene V. Debs

(For The Washington Post)

1916

Woodrow Wilson vs. Charles Evans Hughs

(For The Washington Post)

1912

Woodrow Wilson vs. William Howard Taft vs. Theodore Roosevelt vs. Eugene V. Debs

(For The Washington Post)

1908

William Howard Taft vs. William Jennings Bryan

(For The Washington Post)

1904

Theodore Roosevelt vs. Alton Parker

1900

William McKinley vs. William Jennings Bryan

(For The Washington Post)

1896

William McKinley vs. William Jennings Bryan vs. Thomas Watson vs. John Palmer

(For The Washington Post)

1892

Grover Cleveland vs. Benjamin Harrison vs. James B. Weaver

(For The Washington Post)

1888

Benjamin Harrison vs. Grover Cleveland

(For The Washington Post)

1884

Grover Cleveland vs. James G. Blaine

(For The Washington Post)

1880

James A. Garfield vs. Winfield Scott Hancock

Illustrations by Michael Hoeweler for The Washington Post

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