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Can you name the Presidential Candidates who won by the smallest electoral margin?
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Electoral Votes Won By
1800. Jefferson Tied with Burr 73-73. This was before the 12th Amendment in 1803.
1876. Beat Samuel Tilden (185-184) in a highly controversial election
1796. Beat Jefferson (who became Vice President) 71-68. This was before the 12th Amendment.
2000. Beat Al Gore 271-266.
1828. 99-84 over John Quincy Adams. However, Quincy Adams became President possibly thanks to his future Secretary of State, Henry Clay
1916. Beat Charles Evans Hughes 277-254.
2004. Beat John Kerry 286-251.
1848. Beat Lewis Cass 163-127.
1884. Beat James G. Blaine 219-182.
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Oct 5th, 2009 at 21:50 GMT
I know it might be confusing, but another answer could/should be "-15, John Quincy Adams" in 1824.
Oct 6th, 2009 at 00:18 GMT
I shortened the time and made the 1928 election a bonus.
Oct 6th, 2009 at 01:05 GMT
The Tilden-Hayes election was very interesting indeed. Tilden was essentially a sacrifice for the end of Radical Reconstruction if I remember correctly.
Oct 23rd, 2009 at 19:34 GMT
The Corrupt Bargain was in 1924 not 1928.
Oct 26th, 2009 at 17:42 GMT
Please change it to 1824, instead of 1828
Oct 26th, 2009 at 19:31 GMT
You can get a better source for this than Wikipedia. There are plenty of official sources out there.
Mar 11th, 2010 at 21:12 GMT
This is lame - should be based on percentage of the popular vote, not absolute number of electoral votes.
Mar 12th, 2010 at 04:21 GMT
Pretty disturbing that none of our bottom 10 presidents are on here, while 4 of our top 10 are.
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