List of close election results
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It lists results that have been decided by a margin of less than 1 vote in 1000 (a margin of victory of less than 0.1%).
|1994||Quebec general||Saint-Jean||0%||0||38,894||Incumbent Liberal Michel Charbonneau tied with Parti Québécois candidate Roger Paquin. Consequently, a new vote was held 42 days later, which Paquin won by 532 votes.|
|2003||Quebec general||Champlain||0%||0||33,919||PQ candidate Noëlla Champagne tied with Liberal Pierre Brouillette. Consequently, a new vote was held 36 days later, which Champagne won by 642 votes.|
|1963||Canadian general||Pontiac—Témiscamingue||0%||0||16,587||Progressive Conservative incumbent Paul Martineau defeated Liberal Paul-Oliva Goulet. A deciding vote was cast by the returning officer after the two candidates tied.|
|2015||Mississippi state||Legislative district 79||0%||0||9,178||Democrat incumbent Blaine Eaton initially won re-election over Republican Mark Tullos by drawing the long straw. However, Tullos asked the State House to seat him, and they did so in a largely party-line vote.|
|2013||Philippine local||San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro||0%||0||6,472+||The vote was tied, so a coin toss was the agreed upon way to determine the winner. A second round was held after both candidates were still tied in the first round.|
|1886||UK general||Ashton-under-Lyne||0%||0||6,099||The vote was tied, so, under the law of the day, the returning officer was given a casting vote.|
|1999||Nova Scotia general||Shelburne||0%||0||3,206||Progressive Conservative Cecil O'Donnell defeated Liberal Clifford Huskilson. The deciding vote was cast by the returning officer after the two candidates tied.|
|1887||Canadian federal||Joliette||0%||0||3,065||Conservative Édouard Guilbault defeated Liberal F. Neveu. The deciding vote was cast by the returning officer after the two candidates tied.|
|1896||Canadian federal||Assiniboia West||0%||0||3,005||Conservative Nicholas Flood Davin defeated independent John K. McInnes. The deciding vote was cast by the returning officer after the two candidates tied.|
|2014||French municipal||Lescar||0%||0||2,670||Christian Laine (socialist) tied Philippe Coy. By virtue of French Law, the oldest candidate (Christian Laine) has been elected. The election was canceled by French Court, and Christian Laine finally won by a 71-vote margin.|
|2011||Swiss federal election||Ticino||0%||0||23,979||Marco Romano and Monica Duca both had 23,979 votes. On 25 November 2011, lots were then drawn to determine who had won the seat, and Marco Romano was declared the winner.|
|1968||South Australian House of Assembly||Seat of Millicent||0.01362%||1||7,342||Des Corcoran of the Australian Labor Party beat Martin Cameron of the Liberal and Country League, 3635 votes to 3634.|
|1974||New Hampshire senate||0.00090%||2||223,363||Louis Wyman beat John A. Durkin after several recounts. The US Senate called for a re-vote, which Durkin won.|
|1984||Indiana state||8th Congressional district||0.00171%||4||233,286||Indiana's Secretary of State (a Republican) certified Rick McIntyre as the winner by 34 votes, ignoring other recounted tallies that actually showed Frank McCloskey was in the lead. The Democratic-controlled House conducted their own recount. The House seated McCloskey after declaring him the winner by just four votes.|
|1839||Massachusetts gubernatorial||0.00195%||2||102,066||Marcus Morton won the governorship by two votes.|
|2003||Russian legislative||Sverdlovsk Oblast District 163||0.00221%||5||225,484||Incumbent Georgy Leontyev held the seat by five votes, despite allegations of vote manipulations, later rejected by the Supreme Court |
|1997||UK general||Winchester||0.00322%||2||62,054||Mark Oaten gained the seat from the Conservatives (the result was later annulled and Oaten won by 21,000 votes in the subsequent by-election). This was the smallest percentage majority and the joint smallest numerical majority, in a UK Parliamentary election, since universal adult suffrage.|
|2004||Washington gubernatorial||0.00473%||133||2,810,058||Democrat Christine Gregoire defeated Republican Dino Rossi, following two recounts, after the initial count and first recount showed Rossi as the winner.|
|1931||UK general||Ilkeston||0.00569%||2||35,172||A.J. Flint (National Labour) gained the seat from George Oliver (Labour) in a straight fight (the joint smallest numerical majority in a UK Parliamentary election, since universal adult suffrage).|
|2001||Cape Verdean presidential||0.00791%||12||153,406||Pedro Pires (African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde) defeated Carlos Veiga (Movement for Democracy) in the second round of the election after neither won more than 50% in the first round.|
|2010||UK general||Fermanagh and South Tyrone||0.00855%||4||46,803||Michelle Gildernew (Sinn Féin) defeated independent Rodney Connor.|
|1948||Texas senate||Democratic primary runoff||0.00880%||87||988,295||Lyndon Johnson is declared the winner over Coke Stevenson, despite suspicion about 200 mysterious votes from precinct 13 of Jim Wells County.|
|2000||United States presidential, Florida||0.00901%||537||5,962,657||Republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore after a mandatory statewide recount. An additional hand recount was halted by the United States Supreme Court.|
|1972||Canadian federal||Ontario||0.00949%||4||42,150||Liberal incumbent Norman Cafik defeated Progressive Conservative Frank Charles McGee.|
|2008||Alaska||District 7||0.00997%||1||10,035||Incumbent Republican Mike Kelly defeated Democratic challenger Karl Kassel by one vote following a recount.|
|1832||United States presidential||Maryland||0.01044%||4||38,316||National Republican Henry Clay carried Maryland by four votes over Democratic President Andrew Jackson, but Jackson was reelected handily.|
|1910||UK general||Exeter||0.01047%||1||9,553||Henry Duke (Conservative), the incumbent at the time of the general election, re-gained the seat from Harold St Maur (Liberal) on an election petition in 1911. The court changed the original result (under which the Liberal had won by four votes). The revised result was the smallest numerical majority in a UK Parliamentary election in the twentieth century.|
|2008||United States Senate, Minnesota||0.0108%||312||2,887,646||After the first count, Norm Coleman edged out Al Franken by 215 votes, but following a state mandated recount, Al Franken defeated Norm Coleman by 225. Coleman contested the recount, after which Franken's lead grew to 312. After the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected Coleman's appeals, he conceded the race to Franken on June 30, 2009, 238 days after the election.|
|1994||Connecticut||Second Congressional district||0.01129%||21||186,071||After two recounts, Sam Gejdenson had 21 more votes than Edward Munster.|
(in a total of 48,582,761)
|1968||Canadian federal||Leeds||0.01376%||4||29,073||Progressive Conservative Desmond Code defeated Liberal incumbent John Matheson.|
|2009||British Columbia general||Delta South||0.1363%||32||23,477||Independent candidate Vicky Huntington defeats Attorney General Wally Oppal, running for the first time in Delta South in a recount called after Oppal was leading by 2 votes in the initial count.|
|1930||Canadian federal||Yamaska||0.01427%||1||7,009||Liberal incumbent Aimé Boucher defeated Conservative Paul-François Comtois. The riding result was later declared void, and Boucher won the by-election in 1933 by 84 votes (0.1%).|
|1949||Canadian federal||Annapolis—Kings||0.01515%||4||26,400||Liberal Angus Alexander Elderkin defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent George Nowlan.|
|2003||Somaliland presidential||0.01637%||80||488,543||Dahir Riyale Kahin, of the For Unity, Democracy, and Independence party narrowly defeated the Peace, Unity, and Development Party's Ahmed M. Mahamoud Silanyo in a three-way race.|
|1988||Canadian federal||London—Middlesex||0.01654%||8||48,358||Progressive Conservative MP Terry Clifford narrowly edged out Liberal Garnet Bloomfield.|
|2005||Virginia||Attorney General||0.01662%||323||1,943,250||Bob McDonnell was certified as the victor over Creigh Deeds following a recount.|
|2012||ACT general||0.0185%||41||221,172||The Canberra Liberal Party received more first preference votes than the ruling Labor Party. Ultimately the Labor Party formed a minority government with the support of the sole ACT Greens MLA.|
|2006||Oklahoma state||0.020846%||2||9,594||After a recount, Republican Todd Thomsen beat Democrat Darrel Nemecek by two votes for the Oklahoma House of Representatives seat in its 25th district.|
|1935||Canadian federal||Vancouver—Burrard||0.02133%||6||28,130||Liberal Gerald Grattan McGeer defeated Co-operative Commonwealth Arnold Alexander Webster.|
|1896||Canadian federal||Ontario North||0.02148%||1||4,655||Liberal-Conservative John Alexander McGillivray defeated Patrons of Industry Duncan Graham.|
|1997||UK general||Torbay||0.02250%||12||53,322||Liberal Democrat candidate Adrian Sanders gained the seat from the sitting Conservative MP Rupert Allason. It was subsequently reported that Allason lost the seat through failing to leave a tip when dining at a restaurant in his constituency shortly before polling day. It was estimated that 14 voters (restaurant staff and their close family members) switched allegiance from Allason to other candidates as a result. He lost by 12 votes.|
|1904||United States presidential||Maryland||0.02274%||51||224,229||Republican President Theodore Roosevelt barely carried Maryland over Democrat Alton Parker on his way to an electoral landslide.|
|1900||Canadian federal||Selkirk||0.02303%||1||4,343||Liberal William Forsythe McCreary defeated Conservative John Herber Haslam. This was the second time in a row that a Liberal candidate defeated his Conservative rival in this riding by a single vote.|
|1900||Canadian federal||Bruce North||0.02422%||1||4,129||Liberal-Conservative incumbent Alexander McNeill defeated Liberal J. E. Campbell.|
|2010||Illinois gubernatorial||Republican primary||0.02515%||193||767,485||Bill Brady defeated Kirk Dillard.|
|1912||United States presidential||California||0.02567%||174||677,944||Former President Theodore Roosevelt, running on the Republican and Progressive ballot lines in California (Republican President William Howard Taft was not on the ballot in the state, although he did receive 3,914 write-in votes), narrowly edged out Democrat Woodrow Wilson in California, but Wilson won a landslide in the Electoral College due to divided Republican opposition.|
|1930||Canadian federal||Norfolk—Elgin||0.02654%||5||18,843||Liberal William H. Taylor defeated Conservative John Lawrence Stansell.|
|2007||Australian federal||Division of McEwen||0.02794%||31||96,647||Liberal Fran Bailey defeated Labor Rob Mitchell following a recount and court challenge.|
|2012||United States presidential||Iowa Republican caucuses||0.02798%||34||121,503||Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum defeated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the statewide Republican caucuses, the closest GOP primary election in United States history. Romney had been declared the winner by 8 votes on caucus night.|
|2008||Canadian federal||Kitchener—Waterloo||0.02808%||17||60,534||Conservative Peter Braid defeated Liberal Andrew Telegdi after a recount.|
|1891||Canadian federal||Wentworth South||0.02821%||1||3,545||Conservative Franklin Carpenter defeated Liberal James T. Russell.|
|1935||Canadian federal||Souris||0.02833%||3||10,589||Liberal-Progressive George William McDonald defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent Errick French Willis.|
|1887||Canadian federal||Haldimand||0.02865%||1||3,491||Conservative Walter Humphries Montague defeated Liberal incumbent Charles Wesley Colter.|
|1896||Canadian federal||Selkirk||0.02920%||1||3,425||Liberal John Alexander MacDonell defeated Conservative Hugh Armstrong.|
|2011||Scottish general||Glasgow Anniesland||0.02927%||7||23,918||Incumbent Labour MSP Bill Butler was defeated by Bill Kidd of the Scottish National Party (SNP).|
|2011||New Zealand general||Waitakere||0.02927%||9||30,747||National incumbent Paula Bennett retained her seat over Labour challenger Carmel Sepuloni after a judicial recount was requested by Bennett. The original official result had Sepuloni winning with a margin of 11 votes.|
|2010||Kitchener City Council||0.02961%||1||3,377||Frank Etherington defeated Debbie Chapman.|
|1968||Canadian federal||Comox—Alberni||0.02967%||9||30,331||Liberal Richard Durante defeated New Democrat incumbent Thomas Speakman Barnett. The riding result was later declared void and Durante lost the by-election to Barnett in 1969.|
|2013||Australian federal||Division of Fairfax||0.03%||53||84,607||Clive Palmer (Palmer United Party) defeated Ted O'Brien of the Liberal National Party of Queensland following two recounts.|
|1891||Canadian federal||Nicolet||0.03016%||1||3,316||Liberal Joseph Hector Leduc defeated Conservative E. C. Prince.|
|1945||Canadian federal||Colchester—Hants||0.03273%||8||24,439||Progressive Conservative Frank Stanfield defeated Liberal incumbent Gordon Timlin Purdy.|
|1968||Canadian federal||Oshawa—Whitby||0.03309%||15||45,332||New Democrat Ed Broadbent defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent Michael Starr.|
|2000||Canadian federal||Champlain||0.03325%||15||45,111||Bloc Québécois candidate Marcel Gagnon narrowly edged out Liberal Julie Boulet.|
|1993||Canadian federal||Edmonton Northwest||0.03410%||12||35,195||Liberal candidate Anne McLellan narrowly edged out Reform candidate Richard Kayler.|
|1974||Canadian federal||Drummond||0.03521%||13||36,925||Liberal Yvon Pinard defeated Social Credit incumbent Jean-Marie Boisvert.|
|1964||United States Senate, Nevada||0.03565%||48||134,624||Democratic incumbent Howard Cannon defeated Republican Paul Laxalt.|
|1979||Canadian federal||Halifax||0.03662%||15||40,961||Progressive Conservative George Cooper defeated Liberal Brian Flemming.|
|1990||Ohio||Attorney General||0.03672%||1,234||3,360,162||Democratic candidate Lee Fisher defeated Republican Paul Pfeifer after a six-week recount, earning him the ironic nickname "Landslide Lee".|
|1896||Canadian federal||York East||0.03841%||1||3,425||Independent Conservative incumbent William F. McLean defeated Liberal Henry R. Frankland.|
|2013||Virginia Attorney General||0.04097%||907||2,214,075||Democratic candidate Mark Herring defeated Republican candidate Mark Obenshain after a recount.|
|2011||Canadian federal||Nipissing—Timiskaming||0.04258%||18||42,271||Conservative Jay Aspin defeated Liberal incumbent Anthony Rota.|
|2004||Montana house||District 12||0.04735%||2||4,224||Democrat Jeanne Windham defeated Constitution Party candidate Rick Jore.|
|2008||Canadian federal||Vancouver South||0.04779%||20||41,852||Liberal Ujjal Dosanjh defeated Conservative Wai Young after two recounts.|
|1887||Canadian federal||Montmorency||0.05328%||1||1,877||Liberal Charles Langelier defeated Conservative P. V. Valin.|
|1959||Sinaporean general||River Valley||0.05328%||5||9,384||People's Action Party candidate Lim Cheng Lock defeated Soh Ghee Soon of the Singapore People's Alliance.|
|1892||United States presidential||California||0.0545234%||147||269,609||Former President Grover Cleveland narrowly carried California over Republican President Benjamin Harrison and went on to reclaim the presidency in a rematch of the 1888 presidential elections, thus becoming both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States.|
|2010||Ohio||Lakeview Local Schools tax levy||0.05602%||2||3,570||The tax levy passed by two votes.|
|2006||Canadian federal||Parry Sound—Muskoka||0.06064%||28||46,171||Conservative candidate Tony Clement narrowly edged out Liberal MP Andy Mitchell.|
|2000||United States presidential||New Mexico||0.06114%||366||598,605||Since Florida's electoral votes decided George W. Bush's electoral college win over Al Gore, little attention was paid to the fact that New Mexico's outcome was even closer (in terms of raw vote) than the Florida result, this time with Gore coming out ahead.|
|1988||Canadian federal||Northumberland, Ontario||0.06190%||28||45,235||Liberal candidate Christine Stewart narrowly edged out Progressive Conservative Reg Jewell.|
|1896||United States presidential||Kentucky||0.0621177%||277||445,928||William McKinley was elected president twice by comfortable Electoral College majorities, but his only victory in a Southern state was his razor-thin win over William Jennings Bryan in Kentucky in his initial presidential run, becoming the first Republican ever to win Kentucky.|
|1960||United States presidential||Hawaii||0.0622614%||115||184,705||Just a year after becoming the fiftieth State, Hawaii surprised many political experts by voting for Democrat John F. Kennedy over Republican Richard Nixon, albeit by a very small margin.|
|1916||United States presidential||New Hampshire||0.0628317%||56||89,127||Although the 0.38% victory margin for President Woodrow Wilson in California — which gave Wilson the thirteen electoral votes he needed to win reelection over Republican Charles Evans Hughes—garnered most of the attention, Wilson’s surprise 56-vote victory over Hughes in New Hampshire (the only Northeastern state that Hughes did not carry) was the closest contest in the election.|
|2004||Ohio Senate||14th District Republican primary||0.06517%||22||33,760||Jean Schmidt won the first count by 62 votes, but Tom Niehaus prevailed in a recount and went on to win the general election.|
|1891||Canadian federal||Grey South||0.06572%||3||4,565||Liberal incumbent George Landerkin defeated Conservative John Blyth.|
|2006||Italian general||0.06583%||25,115||38,153,343||The centre-left coalition The Union led by Romano Prodi defeated the centre-right House of Freedoms of incumbent Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.|
|1972||Canadian federal||Selkirk||0.06690%||30||44,841||New Democrat incumbent Doug Rowland defeated Progressive Conservative Dean Whiteway.|
|1940||Canadian federal||Cumberland||0.06842%||12||17,537||Liberal Percy Chapman Black defeated National Government incumbent Kenneth Judson Cochrane.|
|2002||Colorado||7th Congressional district||0.06877%||121||175,938||In the first race in this newly created Congressional district, Republican Bob Beauprez narrowly beat out Democrat Mike Feeley.|
|1952||United States presidential||Kentucky||0.07048%||700||993,148||Dwight Eisenhower was elected President in a landslide, but lost Kentucky by the smallest margin of any state Presidential battle for thirty-six years, giving a sixth straight Democrat win in the Bluegrass State.|
|2004||North Carolina State Agriculture Commissioner||0.07066%||2,353||3,330,187||Republican Steve Troxler defeated Democrat Britt Cobb.|
|2014||Arizona||Second Congressional district||0.073398%||161||219,351||Martha McSally defeated Ron Barber, officially announced a month after the election, after a legally-mandated recount. McSally had lost to Barber in 2012 by 2,454 votes.|
|2000||Canadian federal||Laval Centre||0.07667%||42||54,782||Bloc Québécois MP Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral narrowly edged out Liberal Pierre Lafleur.|
|2013||New Jersey General Assembly||District 2||0.07954%||40||50,288||Democrat Vince Mazzeo defeated incumbent Republican John F. Amodeo after a recount.|
|1988||Canadian federal||York North||0.08767%||77||87,825||Liberal Maurizio Bevilacqua narrowly edged out Progressive Conservative Michael O'Brien.|
|1880||United States presidential||California||0.08769%||144||164,218||Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock takes advantage of opposition to Chinese immigration for the first Democratic win in California since 1856, but loses the electoral vote despite equalling Garfield in states won and popular vote.|
|1908||United States presidential||Missouri||0.08786%||629||715,927||William Howard Taft wins a comfortable first term but takes Missouri by fewer than a thousand votes.|
|1984||Canadian federal||Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke||0.08792%||38||43,219||Liberal MP Len Hopkins narrowly edged out Progressive Conservative Don Whillans.|
|2014||Parliament of South Australia||Fisher state by-election||0.088%||9||20,559||By-election caused by the death of sitting independent MP Bob Such. The Australian Labor Party candidate Nat Cook beat the Liberal Party candidate by 9 votes.|
|2005||UK general||Crawley||0.08815%||37||41,973||Labour MP Laura Moffatt retains seat.|
|2012||French legislative||Eure second constituency||0.08928%||39||43,681||Socialist Jean-Louis Destans defeated incumbent Jean-Pierre Nicolas|
|2000||Washington United States Senate||0.09055%||2,229||2,461,379||Democrat Maria Cantwell unseats Republican Slade Gorton following a mandatory recount.|
|1965||Canadian federal||Shefford||0.09334%||27||28,926||Liberal Louis-Paul Neveu defeated Progressive Conservative Paul-O. Trépanier.|
|1874||Canadian federal||Leeds South||0.09372%||3||3,201||Conservative David Ford Jones beat challenger W. H. Fredenburgh.|
|1962||Canadian federal||St. John's West||0.09391%||24||25,557||Liberal Richard Cashin defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent William Joseph Browne.|
|2016||Taiwanese general||Taoyuan legislative district 4||0.09385%||162||172,622||KMT incumbent Yang Li-Huan claimed edged DDP challenger Cheng Pao-Ching by 30 votes, when latter Central Election Commission said Cheng won with 169 votes. The recount in 5 days saw Cheng won by 162 votes.|
|2016||United States Senate, New Hampshire||0.09704%||716||737,772||Democrat Maggie Hassan defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte to win New Hampshire’s Senate seat.|
|1884||United States presidential||New York||0.09844%||1,149||1,167,169||Democrat Grover Cleveland edged out Mainer James G. Blaine to win New York’s decisive 36 electoral votes.|
|1878||Canadian federal||Jacques Cartier||0.09911%||2||2,018||Conservative Désiré Girouard defeated Liberal incumbent Rodolphe Laflamme.|
|1921||Canadian federal||Calgary West||0.09955%||16||16,073||Labour Joseph Tweed Shaw defeated Conservative R. B. Bennett who was, at the time, Minister of Justice.|
|2000||South Korean legislative election, 2000||Gwangju||0.00614%||3||48,828||GNP Park Hyuk-kyu defeated MDP Moon Hak-jin by an official tally of 3 vote difference. Subsequent re-counting closed down the difference to 2 votes, with no effect to the outcome of the election.|
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