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Number of Ballots Required to
Nominate Presidential and
Vice Presidential Candidates
at National Nominating Conventions

1832 - 2016

Democratic Party     Democratic Party
Year Location Presidential Nominee Ballots V.P. Nominee Ballots
1832 Baltimore Andrew Jackson 1 Martin Van Buren 1
1836 Baltimore Martin Van Buren 1 Richard Johnson 1
1840 Baltimore Martin Van Buren 1 -- by states
1844 Baltimore James K. Polk 9 George M. Dallas 2
1848 Baltimore Lewis Cass 4 William Butler 2
1852 Baltimore Frankin Pierce 49 William R. King 2
1856 Cincinnati James Buchanan 17 John C. Breckinridge 2
1860 Charleston &
Baltimore
Stephen Douglas &
John Breckenridge
57 Herschel Johnson &
Joseph Lane
1
1864 Chicago George McClellan 1 George Pendleton 1
1868 New York Horatio Seymour 22 Francis Blair, Jr. 1
1872 Baltimore Horace Greeley 1 Benjamin Gratz Brown 1
1876 St. Louis Samuel Tilden 2 Thomas Hendricks 1
1880 Cincinnati Winfield S. Hancock 2 William English 1
1884 Chicago Grover Cleveland 2 Thomas Hendricks 1
1888 St. Louis Grover Cleveland 1 Allen Thurman 1
1892 Chicago Grover Cleveland 1 Adlai E. Stevenson 1
1896 Chicago William Jennings Bryan 5 Arthur Sewell 5
1900 Kansas City William Jennings Bryan 1 Adlai E. Stevenson 1
1904 St. Louis Alton B. Parker 1 Henry Davis 1
1908 Denver William Jennings Bryan 1 John Kern 1
1912 Baltimore Woodrow Wilson 46 Thomas Marshall 1
1916 St. Louis Woodrow Wilson 1 Thomas Marshall 1
1920 San Francisco James M. Cox 44 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1
1924 New York John W. Davis 103 Charles W. Bryan 1
1928 Houston Al Smith 1 Joseph Robinson 1
1932 Chicago Franklin D. Roosevelt 4 John N. Garner 1
1936 Philadelphia Franklin D. Roosevelt 1 John N. Garner 1
1940 Chicago Franklin D. Roosevelt 1 Henry A. Wallace 1
1944 Chicago Franklin D. Roosevelt 1 Harry S Truman 3
1948 Philadelphia Harry S. Truman 1 Alben W. Barkley 1
1952 Chicago Adlai Stevenson 3 John Sparkman 1
1956 Chicago Adlai Stevenson 1 Estes Kefauver 1
1960 Los Angeles John F. Kennedy 1 Lyndon B. Johnson 1
1964 Atlantic City Lyndon B. Johnson 1 Hubert H. Humphrey 1
1968 Chicago Hubert H. Humphrey 1 Edmund Muskie 1
1972 Miami Beach George McGovern 1 Thomas Eagleton 1
1976 New York Jimmy Carter 1 Walter Mondale 1
1980 New York Jimmy Carter 1 Walter Mondale 1
1984 San Francisco Walter F. Mondale 1 Geraldine Ferraro 1
1988 Atlanta Michael Dukakis 1 Lloyd Bentsen 1
1992 New York William J. Clinton 1 Albert Gore, Jr. 1
1996 Chicago William J. Clinton 1 Albert Gore, Jr. 1
2000 Los Angeles Albert Gore, Jr. 1 Joseph Lieberman 1
2004 Boston John F. Kerry 1 John Edwards 1
2008 Denver Barack Obama 1 Joseph Biden 1
2012 Charlotte Barack Obama 1 Joseph Biden 1
2016 Philadelphia Hillary Clinton 1 Tim Kaine 1
Democratic Party     Republican Party
Year Location Presidential Nominee Ballots V.P. Nominee Ballots
1856 Pittsburgh John C. Fremont 1 William L. Dayton 1
1860 Chicago Abraham Lincoln 3 Hannibal Hamlin 2
1864 Baltimore Abraham Lincoln 1 Andrew Johnson 1
1868 Chicago Ulysses S. Grant 1 Schuyler Colfax 5
1872 Philadelphia Ulysses S. Grant 1 Henry Wilson 1
1876 Cincinnati Rutherford B. Hayes 7 William Wheeler 1
1880 Chicago James A. Garfield 36 Chester A. Arthur 1
1884 Chicago James G. Blane 4 John A. Logan 1
1888 Chicago Benjamin Harrison 8 Levi Morton 1
1892 Minneapolis Benjamin Harrison 1 Whitelaw Reid 1
1896 St. Louis William McKinley 1 Garret A. Hobart 1
1900 Philadelphia William McKinley 1 Theodore Roosevelt 1
1904 Chicago Theodore Roosevelt 1 Charles Fairbanks 1
1908 Chicago William Howard Taft 1 James S. Sherman 1
1912 Chicago William Howard Taft 1 James S. Sherman 1
1916 Chicago Charles E. Hughes 3 Charles W. Fairbanks 1
1920 Chicago Warren G. Harding 10 Calvin Coolidge 1
1924 Cleveland Calvin Coolidge 1 Charles G. Dawes 3
1928 Kansas City Herbert Hoover 1 Charles Curtis 1
1932 Chicago Herbert Hoover 1 Charles Curtis 1
1936 Cleveland Alfred Landon 1 Frank Knox 1
1940 Philadelphia Wendell L. Willkie 6 Charles L. McNary 1
1944 Chicago Thomas E. Dewey 1 John W. Bricker 1
1948 Philadelphia Thomas E. Dewey 3 Earl Warren 1
1952 Chicago Dwight D. Eisenhower 1 Richard Nixon 1
1956 San Francisco Dwight D. Eisenhower 1 Richard Nixon 1
1960 Chicago Richard Nixon 1 Henry Cabot Lodge 1
1964 San Francisco Barry Goldwater 1 William E. Miller 1
1968 Miami Beach Richard Nixon 1 Spiro Agnew 1
1972 Miami Beach Richard Nixon 1 Spiro Agnew 1
1976 Kansas City Gerald R. Ford 1 Robert Dole 1
1980 Detroit Ronald Reagan 1 George Bush 1
1984 Dallas Ronald Reagan 1 George Bush 1
1988 New Orleans George Bush 1 Dan Quayle 1
1992 Houston George Bush 1 Dan Quayle 1
1996 San Diego Robert Dole 1 Jack Kemp 1
2000 Philadelphia George W. Bush 1 Richard Cheney 1
2004 New York George W. Bush 1 Richard Cheney 1
2008 St. Paul John McCain 1 Sarah Palin 1
2012 Tampa Mitt Romney 1 Paul Ryan 1
2016 Cleveland Donald J. Trump 1 Mike Pence 1


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