For every newly-elected POTUS delivering a victory speech to cheering crowds, there's an opponent who didn't quite make the grade. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the people who were almost president.
Grover Cleveland was victorious in 1884 and 1892, but lost to Benjamin Harrison in 1888 -- making Cleveland the only president to serve non-consecutive terms.
The Chicago Tribune was so assured of Thomas Dewey's victory over Harry Truman that it printed the now famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline before the results of the 1948 election were finalized.
After losing the Republican nomination to John McCain in 2008, Mitt Romney finally made the ticket in 2012 -- only to lose the presidential race to Barack Obama.
Burr and Jefferson tied in the 1800 election, leaving the House of Representatives to pick the president. They chose Jefferson, leaving also-ran Burr understandably angry.
Burr was still serving as vice president under Thomas Jefferson when he fatally shot Alexander Hamilton in a July 1804 duel.
Hughes was a Supreme Court justice when he ran for president in 1916. After losing to Woodrow Wilson, he went back to the Supreme Court and eventually became Chief Justice.
After two terms as vice president under Bill Clinton, Al Gore narrowly lost the 2000 election to George Bush, despite a careful recount in Florida -- where results were hotly contested.
Just 537 votes separated the two candidates -- though the difference may be more or less depending on your definition of hanging chad.
McClellan not only lost the 1864 election to Lincoln but also lost his consulting job with the railroads after his employer worried that bad blood between McClellan and Lincoln could cost the company business.
Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson picked up just 89 electoral votes when he ran against Dwight Eisenhower in 1952.
Stevenson picked up even fewer electoral votes in 1956 then he did in 1952, wining just 73 votes to Eisenhower's 457.
Wallace won five states and 10 million votes in 1968 running on a pro-segregation ticket, but still lost soundly to Richard Nixon.
A 1972 assassination attempt in Maryland left Wallace paralyzed.
Mondale won only Washington D.C. and his home state of Minnesota in the 1984 race, giving him a mere 13 electoral votes against Ronald Reagan.
Mondale picked Geraldine Ferraro for his running mate, making her the first female vice presidential candidate to run on a major party ticket.
Dole ran three times -- in 1980, 1988 and 1996. In his final attempt in 1996, he lost to Bill Clinton by a whopping 220 electoral votes.
Washington won by a landslide in both 1789 and 1792 -- mostly because he ran unopposed in both of his bids for president.
Ohio's Victoria Woodhull ran under the Equal Rights Party in 1872 -- almost half a century before women even earned the right to vote.
Fascinated by presidential also-rans? Head to Norton, Kansas to check out the They Also Ran Gallery, where you'll find portraits of every almost-president.
Dukakis was governor of Massachusetts before running against George Bush in the 1988 presidential election.
Before he was the Libertarian candidate for president in 2016, Gary Johnson scaled Mount Everest in 2003.
Clinton served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. After she resigned to focus on her presidential campaign, she was replaced as Secretary of State by John Kerry.
Clinton lost the POTUS position by 74 electoral votes, earning 232 to Trump's 306.
The 2016 election was the fifth time that a candidate won the popular vote but lost the election. It also happened in 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000.
Contrary to rumor -- and despite mulling over presidential runs on multiple occasions -- Trump never officially ran for president until the 2016 election.
In the early days of TV, the polished John F. Kennedy famously won over voters during a televised debate against opponent Richard Nixon.
After losing in 1960, Nixon went on to win the 1968 race. Nixon won re-election in 1972, only to resign before the end of his term due to the Watergate scandal.
Thurmond lost to Dewey and Truman in the 1948 race while running on an anti-integration platform. Many years later, the public learned that the pro-segregation candidate fathered a child with an African-American woman during his youth.
Despite his loss in the 1948 presidential race, Thurmond served in the Senate for 48 years and was still in office at the age of 100.
Hayes won the presidency over Tilden in 1876 by a single, hotly-contested and highly-suspicious electoral vote.