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March 08, 2016

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Anon

Grover Cleveland, unless you count FDR's loss as a VP candidate in 1920.

Steve L.

Right.

twbb

George H.W. Bush ran against Reagan, unsuccessfully, so he is the last to qualify for your list.

twbb

Oh, I see you corrected yourself, nevermind.

PaulB

One minor correction, Reagan also jumped into the 1968 race at the Republican convention.

RQA

LBJ lost the nomination to JFK in 1960.

Steve L.

That is a fair point about LBJ. I left him out because he did not initially reach the presidency in his own right, and thereafter ran as an incumbent. But yes, he did lose to Kennedy in 1960.

Horatio

It sounds like all the Republican presidents in the last half century other than Dubya went the loser to winner route, and none of the Democrats did.

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