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1876 United States presidential election

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369 members of the Electoral College
185 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout81.8%[1] Increase 10.5 pp
  President Rutherford Hayes 1870 - 1880 Restored (cropped).jpg SamuelJonesTilden.jpg
Nominee Rutherford B. Hayes Samuel J. Tilden
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Ohio New York
Running mate William A. Wheeler Thomas A. Hendricks
Electoral vote 185 184
States carried 21 17
Popular vote 4,034,142 4,286,808
Percentage 47.9% 50.9%

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Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Hayes/Wheeler, blue denotes those won by Tilden/Hendricks. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

Ulysses S. Grant

Elected President

Rutherford B. Hayes
via Electoral Commission

The 1876 United States presidential election was the 23rd quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 7, 1876, in which Republican nominee Rutherford B. Hayes faced Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. It was one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history and its resolution involved negotiations and compromise between the Republicans and Democrats.

After President Ulysses S. Grant declined to seek a third term despite previously being expected to do so, Congressman James G. Blaine emerged as the front-runner for the Republican nomination. However, Blaine was unable to win a majority at the 1876 Republican National Convention, which settled on Governor Hayes of Ohio as a compromise candidate. The 1876 Democratic National Convention nominated Governor Tilden of New York on the second ballot.

The results of the election remain among the most disputed ever. Although it is not disputed that Tilden outpolled Hayes in the popular vote, after a first count of votes, Tilden had won 184 electoral votes to Hayes's 165, with 20 votes from four states unresolved: in Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, each party reported its candidate had won the state, while in Oregon, one elector was replaced after being declared illegal for being an "elected or appointed official". The question of who should have been awarded these electoral votes is the source of the continued controversy. An informal deal was struck to resolve the dispute: the Compromise of 1877, which awarded all 20 electoral votes to Hayes; in return for the Democrats conceding to Hayes' election, the Republicans agreed to withdraw federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.[2]

The 1876 election is the second of five presidential elections in which the person who won the most popular votes did not win the election, but the only such election in which the popular vote winner received a majority (rather than a plurality) of the popular vote. To date, it remains the election that recorded the smallest electoral vote victory (185–184), and the election that yielded the highest voter turnout of the eligible voting age population in American history, at 81.8%.[1][3] Despite not becoming president, Tilden was the first Democratic presidential nominee since James Buchanan in 1856 to win the popular vote and the first since Franklin Pierce in 1852 to do so in an outright majority (in fact, Tilden received a slightly higher percentage than Pierce in 1852, despite the fact that Pierce won in a landslide).


Republican Party nomination[edit]

1876 Republican Party ticket
Rutherford B. Hayes William A. Wheeler
for President for Vice President
President Rutherford Hayes 1870 - 1880 Restored (cropped).jpg
19 William Wheeler 3x4.jpg
29th & 32nd
Governor of Ohio
(1868–1872 & 1876–1877)
U.S. Representative
for New York's 19th
(1861–1863 and 1869–1877)
Hayes/Wheeler campaign poster

It was widely assumed during the year 1875 that incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant would run for a third term as president in spite of the poor economic conditions, the numerous political scandals that had developed since he assumed office in 1869, and a long-standing tradition set by the first president, George Washington, not to stay in office longer than two terms. Grant's inner circle advised him to go for a third term and he almost did, but on 15 December 1875, the House, by a sweeping 233 to 18 vote, passed a resolution declaring that the two-term tradition was to prevent a dictatorship.[6] Later that year, President Grant ruled himself out of running in 1876. He instead tried to persuade his Secretary of State, Hamilton Fish to run for the presidency, but the 67-year-old Fish declined, believing himself too old for the role. Grant nonetheless sent a letter to the convention imploring them to nominate Fish, but the letter was misplaced and never read to the convention, and Fish later confirmed that he would have declined the nomination even had he been offered it.

When the Sixth Republican National Convention assembled in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 14, 1876, it appeared that James G. Blaine would be the nominee. On the first ballot, Blaine was just 100 votes short of a majority. His vote began to slide after the second ballot, however, as many Republicans feared that Blaine could not win the general election. Anti-Blaine delegates could not agree on a candidate until Blaine's total rose to 41% on the sixth ballot. Leaders of the reform Republicans met privately and considered alternatives. They chose Ohio's reform governor, Rutherford B. Hayes, who had been gradually building support during the convention until he finished second on the sixth ballot. On the seventh ballot, Hayes was nominated with 384 votes to 351 for Blaine and 21 for Benjamin Bristow. William A. Wheeler was nominated for vice-president by a much larger margin (366–89) over his chief rival, Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, who later served as a member of the electoral commission that awarded the election to Hayes.

Presidential Ballot
Ballot 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
James G. Blaine 285 296 293 292 286 308 351
Oliver P. Morton 124 120 113 108 95 85 0
Benjamin Bristow 113 114 121 126 114 111 21
Roscoe Conkling 99 93 90 84 82 81 0
Rutherford B. Hayes 61 64 67 68 104 113 384
John F. Hartranft 58 63 68 71 69 50 0
Marshall Jewell 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
William A. Wheeler 3 3 2 2 2 2 0
Elihu B. Washburne 0 1 1 3 3 4 0
Republican Presidential Nomination Vote by State Delegation By Ballot
Vice Presidential Ballot [7]
Ballot 1st Partial
William A. Wheeler 366
Frederick T. Frelinghuysen 89
Marshall Jewell 86
Stewart L. Woodford 70
Joseph R. Hawley 25
Republican Vice Presidential Nomination Vote by State Delegation

Democratic Party nomination[edit]

1876 Democratic Party ticket
Samuel J. Tilden Thomas A. Hendricks
for President for Vice President
Thomas Andrews Hendricks.jpg
Governor of New York
Governor of Indiana

Democratic candidates:

Interior of the Merchants Exchange Building of St. Louis, Missouri, during the announcement of Samuel J. Tilden as the Democratic presidential nominee
Tilden/Hendricks campaign poster

The 12th Democratic National Convention assembled in St. Louis, Missouri, in June 1876, the first political convention held by one of the major American parties west of the Mississippi River. Five thousand people jammed the auditorium in St. Louis with hopes for the Democratic Party's first presidential victory in 20 years. The platform called for immediate and sweeping reforms in response to the scandals that had plagued the Grant administration. Tilden won more than 400 votes on the first ballot and the nomination by a landslide on the second.

Tilden defeated Thomas A. Hendricks, Winfield Scott Hancock, William Allen, Thomas F. Bayard, and Joel Parker for the presidential nomination. Tilden overcame strong opposition from "Honest John" Kelly, the leader of New York's Tammany Hall, to obtain the nomination. Thomas Hendricks was nominated for vice-president, since he was the only person put forward for the position.

The Democratic platform pledged to replace the corruption of the Grant administration with honest, efficient government and to end "the rapacity of carpetbag tyrannies" in the South. It also called for treaty protection for naturalized United States citizens visiting their homelands, restrictions on Asian immigration, tariff reform, and opposition to land grants for railroads.[8] It has been claimed that the voting Democrats received Tilden's nomination with more enthusiasm than any leader since Andrew Jackson.[9]

Presidential Ballot
1st Before Shifts 1st After Shifts 2nd Before Shifts 2nd After Shifts Unanimous
Samuel J. Tilden 400.5 416.5 535 517 738
Thomas A. Hendricks 139.5 139.5 85 87
Winfield Scott Hancock 75 75 58 58
William Allen 54 54 54 54
Thomas F. Bayard 33 33 4 4
Joel Parker 18 18 0 18
James Broadhead 16 0 0 0
Allen G. Thurman 2 2 2 0
Democratic Presidential Nomination Vote by State Delegation By Ballot

Source: Official proceedings of the National Democratic convention, held in St. Louis, Mo., June 27th, 28th and 29th, 1876. (September 3, 2012).

Vice Presidential Ballot
Thomas A. Hendricks 730
Blank 8

Source: Official proceedings of the National Democratic convention, held in St. Louis, Mo., June 27th, 28th and 29th, 1876 (September 3, 2012).

Greenback Party nomination[edit]

Greenback candidates:

Candidates gallery[edit]

The Greenback Party had been organized by agricultural interests in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1874 to urge the federal government to inflate the economy through the mass issuance of paper money called greenbacks. Its first national nominating convention was held in Indianapolis in the spring of 1876. Peter Cooper was nominated for president with 352 votes to 119 for three other contenders. The convention nominated Anti-Monopolist Senator Newton Booth of California for vice-president; after Booth declined to run, the national committee chose Samuel Fenton Cary as his replacement on the ticket.[10]

Presidential Ballot
Ballot 1st
Peter Cooper 352
Andrew Curtin 58
William Allen 31
Alexander Campbell 30

Source: US President – G Convention. Our Campaigns. (February 10, 2012).

Prohibition Party nomination[edit]

The Prohibition Party, in its second national convention in Cleveland, nominated Green Clay Smith as its presidential candidate and Gideon T. Stewart as its vice-presidential candidate.

American National Party nomination[edit]

This small political party used several different names, often with different names in different states. It was a continuation of the Anti-Masonic Party that met in 1872 and nominated Charles Francis Adams for president. When Adams declined to run, the party did not contest the 1872 election.

The convention was held from June 8 to 10, 1875, in Liberty Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. B.T. Roberts of New York served as chairman, and Jonathan Blanchard was the keynote speaker.

The platform supported the Reconstruction Amendments to the Constitution, international arbitration, the reading of the scriptures in public schools, specie payments, justice for Native Americans, abolition of the Electoral College, and prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages. It declared the first day of the week to be a day of rest for the United States. The platform opposed secret societies and monopolies.

The convention considered three potential presidential nominees: Charles F. Adams, Jonathan Blanchard, and James B. Walker. When Blanchard declined to run, Walker was unanimously nominated. The convention then nominated Donald Kirkpatrick of New York unanimously for vice president.[11]

General election[edit]


The election was hotly contested, as can be seen by this poster published in 1877
A certificate for the electoral vote for Rutherford B. Hayes and William A. Wheeler for the State of Louisiana
"A truce – not a compromise, but a chance for high-toned gentlemen to retire gracefully from their very civil declarations of war." By Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly, 1877 Feb 17, p. 132.

Tilden, who had prosecuted machine politicians in New York and sent legendary political boss William M. Tweed to jail, ran as a reform candidate against the background of the corruption of the Grant administration. Both parties backed civil service reform and an end to Reconstruction. Both sides mounted mud-slinging campaigns, with Democratic attacks on Republican corruption being countered by Republicans raising the Civil War issue, a tactic ridiculed by Democrats who called it "waving the bloody shirt". Republicans chanted, "Not every Democrat was a rebel, but every rebel was a Democrat."

Hayes was a virtual unknown outside his home state of Ohio, where he had served two terms as a Congressman and then two terms as governor. Henry Adams wrote "[Hayes] is a third-rate nonentity whose only recommendations are that he is obnoxious to no one." He had served in the Civil War with distinction as colonel of the 23rd Ohio Regiment and was wounded several times, which made him marketable to veterans. He had later been brevetted as a Major General. Hayes' most important asset was his help to the Republican ticket in carrying the crucial swing state of Ohio. On the other side, newspaperman John D. Defrees described Tilden as "a very nice, prim, little, withered-up, fidgety old bachelor, about one-hundred and twenty-pounds avoirdupois, who never had a genuine impulse for many nor any affection for woman."[12]

The Democratic strategy for victory in the South was highly reliant on paramilitary groups such as the Red Shirts and the White League. Using the strategy of the Mississippi Plan, these groups actively suppressed black and white Republican voter turnouts by disrupting meetings and rallies and even using violence and intimidation.[13][14] They saw themselves as the military wing of the Democratic Party.

Because it was considered improper for a candidate to pursue the presidency actively, neither Tilden nor Hayes actively stumped as part of the campaign, leaving that job to surrogates.


Colorado was admitted to the Union as the 38th state on August 1, 1876, but as there was insufficient time or money to organize a presidential election in the new state, Colorado's state legislature, elected in October 1876, selected the state's electors. Many of these legislative races were decided by only a few hundred votes.[15] These electors, each one getting 50 votes in the legislature to Tilden's slate's 24, gave their three votes to Hayes and the Republican Party.[16][17] This was the last election in which any state chose electors through its state legislature and not by popular vote.[18]

Electoral disputes and the Compromise of 1877[edit]

Florida (with 4 electoral votes), Louisiana (with 8), and South Carolina (with 7) reported returns that favored Tilden, but the elections in each state were marked by electoral fraud and threats of violence against Republican voters; the most extreme case was in South Carolina, where an impossible 101 percent of all eligible voters in the state had their votes counted.[19] One of the points of contention revolved around the design of ballots: at the time, parties would print ballots or "tickets" to enable voters to support them in the open ballots. To aid illiterate voters the parties would print symbols on the tickets, and in this election, many Democratic ballots were printed with the Republican symbol, Abraham Lincoln, on them.[20] The Republican-dominated state electoral commissions subsequently rejected enough Democratic votes to award their electoral votes to Hayes.

In two southern states, the governor recognized by the United States had signed the Republican certificates: the Democratic certificates from Florida were signed by the state attorney-general and the newly elected Democratic governor, those from Louisiana were signed by the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and those from South Carolina by no state official, with the Tilden electors claiming that they were chosen by the popular vote and were rejected by the state election board.[21]

Meanwhile, in Oregon, the vote of a single elector was disputed: the statewide result clearly favored Hayes, but the state's Democratic governor, La Fayette Grover, claimed that one of the GOP electors, former postmaster John Watts, was ineligible under Article II, Section 1, of the United States Constitution, since he was a "person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States," and substituted a Democratic elector in his place.

The two Republican electors dismissed Grover's action and each reported three votes for Hayes, while the Democratic elector, C. A. Cronin, reported one vote for Tilden and two votes for Hayes. The two Republican electors presented a certificate signed by the secretary of state of Oregon, while Cronin and the two electors he appointed (Cronin voted for Tilden while his associates voted for Hayes) presented a certificate signed by the governor and attested by the secretary of state.[21]

Ultimately, all three of Oregon's votes were awarded to Hayes, who had a majority of one in the Electoral College. The Democrats claimed fraud, while suppressed excitement pervaded the country. Threats were even muttered that Hayes would never be inaugurated: in Columbus, Ohio, a shot was fired at Governor Hayes' residence as he sat down to dinner. After supporters marched to his home, calling for the president, Hayes urged the crowd that, "it is impossible, at so early a time, to obtain the result."[22] President Grant quietly strengthened the military force in and around Washington.[21]

The Constitution provides that "the President of the Senate shall, in presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the [electoral] certificates, and the votes shall then be counted." Certain Republicans held that the power to count the votes lay with the President of the Senate, the House and Senate being mere spectators; the Democrats objected to this construction, since the Republican President of the Senate, Thomas W. Ferry, could then count the votes of the disputed states for Hayes.

The Democrats insisted that Congress should continue the practice followed since 1865, which was that no vote objected to should be counted except by the concurrence of both houses, however the House had a solid Democratic majority; by rejecting the vote of one state, it would elect Tilden.[21]

Facing an unprecedented constitutional crisis, the Congress of the United States passed a law on January 29, 1877, that formed a 15-member Electoral Commission to settle the result. Five members were selected from each house of Congress, and they were joined by five members of the Supreme Court, with William M. Evarts serving as counsel for the Republican Party. The Compromise of 1877 might have helped the Democrats accept this electoral commission as well.

The majority party in each house named three members and the minority party two. As the Republicans controlled the Senate and the Democrats the House of Representatives, this yielded five Democratic and five Republican members of the commission. Of the Supreme Court justices, two Republicans and two Democrats were chosen, with the fifth to be selected by these four.

The justices first selected a political independent, Justice David Davis. According to one historian, "[n]o one, perhaps not even Davis himself, knew which presidential candidate he preferred."[22] Just as the Electoral Commission Bill was passing Congress, the legislature of Illinois elected Davis to the Senate, and Democrats in the Illinois legislature believed that they had purchased Davis' support by voting for him. However, they had miscalculated, as Davis promptly excused himself from the commission and resigned as a Justice in order to take his Senate seat.[23] As all the remaining available justices were Republicans, the four justices already selected chose Justice Joseph P. Bradley, who was considered the most impartial remaining member of the court. This selection proved decisive.

Results by county explicitly indicating the percentage of the winning candidate in each county. Shades of blue are for Tilden (Democratic) and shades of red are for Hayes (Republican).

Since it was drawing perilously near to Inauguration Day, the commission met on January 31. Each of the disputed state election cases (Florida, Louisiana, Oregon, and South Carolina) was respectively submitted to the commission by Congress. Eminent counsel appeared for each side, and there were double sets of returns from every one of the states named.[21]

The commission first decided not to question any returns that were prima facie lawful.[21] Bradley then joined the other seven Republican committee members in a series of 8–7 votes that gave all 20 disputed electoral votes to Hayes, giving Hayes a 185–184 electoral vote victory; the commission adjourned on March 2. Hayes privately took the oath of office the next day and was publicly sworn into office on March 5, 1877, and Hayes was inaugurated without disturbance.[21]

During intense closed-door meetings, Democratic leaders agreed reluctantly to accept Hayes as president in return for the withdrawal of federal troops from the last two still-occupied Southern states, South Carolina and Louisiana. Republican leaders in return agreed on a number of handouts and entitlements, including Federal subsidies for a transcontinental railroad line through the South. Although some of these promises were not kept, in particular the railroad proposal, it was enough for the time being to avert a dangerous standoff.

The returns accepted by the Commission put Hayes' margin of victory in South Carolina at 889 votes, the second-closest popular vote margin in a decisive state in U.S. history, after the election of 2000, which was decided by 537 votes in Florida: in 2000, the margin of victory in the Electoral College for George W. Bush was five votes, as opposed to Hayes' one vote.

Upon his defeat, Tilden said, "I can retire to public life with the consciousness that I shall receive from posterity the credit of having been elected to the highest position in the gift of the people, without any of the cares and responsibilities of the office."

Congress would eventually enact the Electoral Count Act in 1887 to provide more detailed rules for the counting of electoral votes, especially in cases where multiple slates of electors have been received from a single state.


According to the commission's rulings, of the 2,249 counties and independent cities making returns, Tilden won in 1,301 (57.85%) while Hayes carried only 947 (42.11%). One county (0.04%) in Nevada split evenly between Tilden and Hayes.

While the Greenback ticket did not have a major impact on the election's outcome, attracting slightly under one percent of the popular vote, Cooper nonetheless had the strongest performance of any third-party presidential candidate since John Bell in 1860. The Greenbacks' best showings were in Kansas, where Cooper earned just over six percent of the vote, and Indiana, where he earned 17,207 votes, far exceeding Tilden's roughly 5,500-vote margin of victory over Hayes in that state.

The election of 1876 was the last one held before the end of the Reconstruction era, which sought to protect the rights of African Americans in the South who usually voted for Republican presidential candidates. No antebellum slave state would be carried by a Republican again until the 1896 realignment that saw William McKinley carry Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky.

No Republican presidential candidate until Warren G. Harding in 1920 would carry any states that seceded and joined the Confederacy; that year he carried Tennessee, which never experienced a long period of occupation by Federal troops and was completely "reconstructed" well before the first presidential election of the Reconstruction period (1868). None of the Southern states that experienced long periods of occupation by Federal troops was carried by a Republican again until Herbert Hoover in 1928 (when he won Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia), and this proved the last election in which the Republican candidate won Louisiana until 1956, when Dwight D. Eisenhower carried it, and the last in which the Republican candidate won South Carolina until 1964, when Barry Goldwater did.

The next time those two states voted against the Democrats was when they supported the "Dixiecrat" candidate Strom Thurmond in 1948.

Although 1876 marked the last competitive two-party election in the South before Democratic dominance of the South through 1948 and of the border states through 1896, it was also the last presidential election (as of 2020) in which the Democrats won the pro-Union counties of Mitchell in North Carolina,[24] Wayne and Henderson in Tennessee, and Lewis County, Kentucky.[25] Hayes is also the only Republican president elected without carrying Indiana.

United States Electoral College 1876.svg

Electoral results
Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote[26] Electoral
Running mate
Count Percentage Vice-presidential candidate Home state Electoral vote[27]
Rutherford Birchard Hayes Republican Ohio 4,034,142 47.92% 185 William Almon Wheeler New York 185
Samuel Jones Tilden Democratic New York 4,286,808 50.92% 184 Thomas Andrews Hendricks Indiana 184
Peter Cooper Greenback New York 83,726 0.99% 0 Samuel Fenton Cary Ohio 0
Green Clay Smith Prohibition Washington, D.C. 6,945 0.08% 0 Gideon Tabor Stewart Ohio 0
James Walker American National Party Illinois 463 0.01% 0 Donald Kirkpatrick New York 0
Other 6,575 0.08% Other
Total 8,418,659 100% 369 369
Needed to win 185 185
Popular vote
Electoral vote

Geography of results[edit]

1876 Electoral Map.png

Cartographic gallery[edit]

Results by state[edit]

Source: Data from Walter Dean Burnham, Presidential ballots, 1836–1892 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1955) pp 247–57.[28]

States/districts won by Tilden/Hendricks
States/districts won by Hayes/Wheeler
Samuel J. Tilden
Rutherford B. Hayes
Peter Cooper
Green Smith
Margin State Total
State electoral
# % electoral
# % electoral
# % electoral
# % electoral
# % electoral
Alabama 10 102,989 59.98 10 68,708 40.02 −34,281 −19.97 171,699 AL
Arkansas 6 58,086 59.92 6 38,649 39.87 211 0.22 −19,437 −20.05 96,946 AR
California 6 76,460 49.08 79,258 50.88 6 47 0.03 2,798 1.80 155,784 CA
Colorado* 3 3 CO
Connecticut 6 61,927 50.70 6 59,033 48.33 774 0.63 374 0.31 −2,894 −2.37 122,134 CT
Delaware 3 13,381 55.45 3 10,752 44.55 −2,629 −10.89 24,133 DE
Florida 4 22,927 49.01 23,849 50.99 4 922 1.97 46,776 FL
Georgia 11 130,157 72.03 11 50,533 27.97 −79,624 −44.07 180,690 GA
Illinois 21 258,611 46.66 278,232 50.20 21 17,207 3.10 19,621 3.54 554,227 IL
Indiana 15 213,526 48.65 15 208,011 47.39 17,233 3.93 141 0.03 −5,515 −1.26 438,911 IN
Iowa 11 112,121 38.28 171,326 58.50 11 9,431 3.22 59,205 20.21 292,878 IA
Kansas 5 37,902 30.53 78,324 63.10 5 7,770 6.26 110 0.09 40,422 32.56 124,134 KS
Kentucky 12 160,060 61.41 12 97,568 37.44 −62,492 −23.98 260,626 KY
Louisiana 8 70,508 48.35 75,315 51.65 8 4,807 3.30 145,823 LA
Maine 7 49,917 42.65 66,300 56.64 7 16,383 14.00 117,045 ME
Maryland 8 91,779 56.05 8 71,980 43.95 −19,799 −12.09 163,759 MD
Massachusetts 13 108,777 41.90 150,064 57.80 13 41,287 15.90 259,620 MA
Michigan 11 141,685 44.49 166,901 52.41 11 9,023 2.83 766 0.24 25,216 7.92 318,450 MI
Minnesota 5 48,587 39.16 72,955 58.80 5 2,389 1.93 144 0.12 24,368 19.64 124,075 MN
Mississippi 8 112,173 68.08 8 52,603 31.92 −59,570 −36.15 164,776 MS
Missouri 15 202,086 57.64 15 145,027 41.36 3,497 1.00 −57,059 −16.27 350,610 MO
Nebraska 3 17,413 35.30 31,915 64.70 3 14,502 29.40 49,328 NE
Nevada 3 9,308 47.27 10,383 52.73 3 1,075 5.46 19,691 NV
New Hampshire 5 38,510 48.05 41,540 51.83 5 3,030 3.78 80,141 NH
New Jersey 9 115,962 52.66 9 103,517 47.01 714 0.32 −12,445 −5.65 220,193 NJ
New York 35 521,949 51.40 35 489,207 48.17 1,978 0.19 2,369 0.23 −32,742 −3.22 1,015,503 NY
North Carolina 10 125,427 53.62 10 108,484 46.38 −16,943 −7.24 233,911 NC
Ohio 22 323,182 49.07 330,698 50.21 22 3,057 0.46 1,636 0.25 7,516 1.14 658,649 OH
Oregon 3 14,157 47.38 15,214 50.92 3 510 1.71 1,057 3.54 29,881 OR
Pennsylvania 29 366,204 48.25 384,184 50.62 29 7,204 0.95 1,318 0.17 17,980 2.37 758,993 PA
Rhode Island 4 10,712 40.23 15,787 59.29 4 68 0.26 60 0.23 5,075 19.06 26,627 RI
South Carolina 7 90,897 49.76 91,786 50.24 7 889 0.49 182,683 SC
Tennessee 12 133,177 59.79 12 89,566 40.21 −43,611 −19.58 222,743 TN
Texas 8 104,755 70.04 8 44,800 29.96 −59,955 −40.09 149,555 TX
Vermont 5 20,254 31.38 44,091 68.30 5 23,837 36.93 64,553 VT
Virginia 11 140,770 59.58 11 95,518 40.42 −45,252 −19.15 236,288 VA
West Virginia 5 56,546 56.75 5 41,997 42.15 1,104 1.11 −14,549 −14.60 99,647 WV
Wisconsin 10 123,926 48.19 130,067 50.57 10 1,509 0.59 27 0.01 6,141 2.39 257,177 WI
TOTALS: 369 4,286,808 50.92 184 4,034,142 47.92 185 83,726 0.99 6,945 0.08 -252,666 -3.00 8,418,659 US

Close states[edit]

Margin of victory less than 1% (7 electoral votes):

  1. South Carolina, 0.49% (889 votes) (tipping point state)

Margin of victory less between 1% and 5% (164 electoral votes):

  1. Ohio, 1.14% (7,516 votes)
  2. Indiana, 1.26% (5,515 votes)
  3. California, 1.80% (2,798 votes)
  4. Florida, 1.97% (922 votes)
  5. Pennsylvania, 2.37% (17,980 votes)
  6. Connecticut, 2.37% (2,894 votes)
  7. Wisconsin, 2.39% (6,141 votes)
  8. New York, 3.22% (32,742 votes)
  9. Louisiana, 3.30% (4,807 votes)
  10. Oregon, 3.54% (1,057 votes)
  11. Illinois, 3.54% (19,621 votes)
  12. New Hampshire, 3.78% (3,030 votes)

Margin of victory between 5% and 10% (33 electoral votes):

  1. Nevada, 5.46% (1,075 votes)
  2. New Jersey, 5.65% (12,445 votes)
  3. North Carolina, 7.24% (16,943 votes)
  4. Michigan, 7.92% (25,216 votes)

Cultural references[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Keith Ian Polakoff, The Politics of Inertia: The Election of 1876 and the End of Reconstruction (1973).
  3. ^ Between 1932 and 2008: "Table 397. Participation in Elections for President and U.S. Representatives: 1932 to 2010" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 24, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Presidential election of 1876
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