1. Reagan '76. Lost the battle, won the war.
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  2. Rep. John Davis, D-WV, lost to incumbent President Coolidge in1924
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  3. William Jennings Bryan and former vice president Adlai Stevenson, beaten by McKinley and Roosevelt in 1900
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  4. New York Governor Al Smith lost to Herbert Hoover in 1928
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  5. Anderson! 1980.
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  6. Alton Parker, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and his running mate, West Virginia Senator Henry Davis. Lost to Roosevelt/Fairbanks 1904
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  7. Ted Kennedy challenged the incumbent president of his own party.
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  8. Clean Gene!
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  9. Incumbent presidents usually win reelection. Not the case for George HW Bush in 1992.
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  10. Kansas Gov. Alf Landon lost to FDR in 1936
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  11. Sen. Gary Hart, D-CO, lost in 1984 and 1988.
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