United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 1878

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United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 1878
Florida
← 1876 November 5, 1878 1880 →

Both of Florida's seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 1 1
Seats won 2[1] 0[1]
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 21,169 18,693
Percentage 53.1% 46.9%

Elections to the United States House of Representatives in Florida were held November 5, 1878 for the 46th Congress

Background[edit]

For the first few post-Reconstruction elections in Florida, the Republicans dominated Congressional elections. The previous election was the first election in which a Democrat won on the initial results (a Republican victory was successfully contested by a Democrat after the 1870 and 1874 elections). Going into the election, Florida's delegation was split between one Republican and one Democrat.

Election results[edit]

1878 United States House election results
District Democratic Republican Independent Republican
1st[2] Robert H. M. Davidson (I) 11,529 56.8% Simon B. Conover[3] 8,601 40.9% Edmund C. Weeks 464 2.3%
2nd[4] Noble A. Hull 9,640 50.0% Horatio Bisbee, Jr. (I) 9,628 50.0%

Contested election[edit]

As in the 1874 and 1876 elections, the results in the 2nd district were successfully contested. This time, Horatio Bisbee, Jr. (R) successfully challenged the election of Noble A. Hull (D), and was declared with victor with a vote of 11,194 - 10,844,[5] serving in House January 22 - March 3, 1881

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Democratic victor successfully challenged in 2nd district
  2. ^ District 1 results
  3. ^ Senator
  4. ^ District 2 results
  5. ^ Recount