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The Question:

What candidate has run in the most U.S. presidential elections?

The Answer:

American socialist Norman M. Thomas entered and lost presidential elections in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, and 1948. He received his greatest number of votes (880,000) in 1932.

Thomas—who took over the leadership of the American socialist party in 1926 after the death of Eugene V. Debs—also lost elections for governor of New York (1924, 1938) and mayor of New York City (1925, 1929). Thomas died in 1968.

—The Editors

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