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Since the 1856 Presidential Election, Republicans have participated in every Presidential election except for 1864 when incumbent Republican President Abraham Lincoln joined a group of people from both Republican and Democrats to form the National Union Party to unite those in both parties to support the union during the Civil War.

Election Presidential Candidate Office During Election State VP Candidate Office During Election State Outcome
1856 John C. Frémont Former Senator CA William L. Dayton Former Senator NJ Lost
1860 Abraham Lincoln Former Congressman IL Hannibal Hamlin Senator ME Won
1864 Abraham Lincoln President of the United States IL Andrew Johnson Former Senator TN Won
1868 Ulysses S. Grant Army General IL Schuyler Colfax Speaker of the House IN Won
1872 Ulysses S. Grant President of the United States IL Henry Wilson Senator MA Won
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes Governor OH William A. Wheeler Congressman NY Won
1880 James Garfield Congressman OH Chester A. Arthur Former Collector NY Won
1884 James G. Blaine Former Speaker of the House ME John A. Logan Senator IL Lost
1888 Benjamin Harrison Former Senator IN Levi P. Morton U.S. Minister to France NY Won
1892 Benjamin Harrison President of the United States IN Whitelaw Reid U.S. Ambassador to France NY Lost
1896 William McKinley Former Governor OH Garret Hobart Former State Senator NJ Won
1900 William McKinley President of the United States OH Theodore Roosevelt Governor NY Won
1904 Theodore Roosevelt President of the United States NY Charles W. Fairbanks Senator IN Won
1908 William Howard Taft Secretary of War OH James S. Sherman Congressman NY Won
1912 William Howard Taft President of the United States OH James S. Sherman Vice President of the United States NY Lost
1916 Charles Evans Hughes Associate Jusitce of the Supreme Court NY Charles W. Fairbanks Former Vice President of the United States IN Lost
1920 Warren G. Harding Senator OH Calvin Coolidge Governor MA Won
1924 Calvin Coolidge President of the United States MA Charles G. Dawes Director of the Bureau of the Budget IL Won
1928 Herbert Hoover Secretary of Commerce CA Charles Curtis Senate Majority Leader KS Won
1932 Herbert Hoover President of the United States CA Charles Curtis Vice President of the United States KS Lost
1936 Alf Landon Governor KS Frank Knox Publisher IL Lost
1940 Wendell Willkie Businessman IN Charles L. McNary Senator Minority Leader OR Lost
1944 Thomas E. Dewey Governor NY John W. Bricker Governor OH Lost
1948 Thomas E. Dewey Governor NY Earl Warren Governor CA Lost
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower Army General PA Richard Nixon Senator CA Won
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower President of the United States PA Richard Nixon Vice President of the United States CA Won
1960 Richard Nixon Vice President of the United States CA Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. U.S. Ambassador to the UN MA Lost
1964 Barry Goldwater Senator AZ William E. Miller Former Congressman NY Lost
1968 Richard Nixon Former Vice President of the United States CA Spiro Agnew Governor MD Won
1972 Richard Nixon President of the United States CA Spiro Agnew Vice President of the United States MD Won
1976 Gerald Ford President of the United States MI Bob Dole Senator KS Lost
1980 Ronald Reagan Former Governor CA George H.W. Bush Former CIA Director TX Won
1984 Ronald Reagan President of the United States CA George H.W. Bush Vice President of the United States TX Won
1988 George H.W. Bush Vice President of the United States TX Dan Quayle Senator IN Won
1992 George H.W. Bush President of the United States TX Dan Quayle Vice President of the United States IN Lost
1996 Bob Dole Senator KS Jack Kemp Former Secretary of HUD NY Lost
2000 George W. Bush Governor TX Dick Cheney Former Secretary of Defense WY Won
2004 George W. Bush President of the United States TX Dick Cheney Vice President of the United States WY Won
2008 John McCain Senator AZ Sarah Palin Governor AK Lost
2012 Mitt Romney Former Governor MA Paul Ryan Congressman WI Lost
2016 Donald Trump Businessman NY Mike Pence Governor IN Won
2020 Donald Trump (Presumably) President of the United States NY Mike Pence (Presumably) Vice President of the United States IN N/A

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