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1. Let's start at the beginning. George Washington won the first US presidential election in 1788, but who finished second in the Electoral College?
2. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson became US president, but only after the House of Representatives broke a tie in the Electoral College on the 36th vote. Who eventually lost the tie-breaker?
3. James Buchanan was elected US president in 1856, in the process beating the first presidential candidate of the modern Republican party. Who was that candidate?
4. Abraham Lincoln won th US presidential election in 1860 against three other candidates. Who finished second in the Electoral College?
5. Grover Cleveland famously won election to US President for two non-consecutive terms in 1884 and 1892. Who finished second to him in the Electoral College in 1892?
6. Who finished second in US presidential elections to William McKinley twice, despite his famous "Cross of Gold" speech?
7. Who finished second to Harry S. Truman in a US presidential election, even though the Chicago Tribune expected him to win?
8. It may seem surprising now, but in 1972 US presidential candidate Richard Nixon received 520 Electoral College votes. Who finished second with a minuscule 17 votes in the Electoral College?
9. Which US presidential candidate finished second in the Electoral College in 2000, despite receiving a majority of the popular vote?
10. Which US presidential candidate finished second to Barack Obama in 2012, ironically with 47% of the popular vote?
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