Friday, April 18, 2008

 

The second closet election in American Presidential history

An historical side note here. There have been closer ones in terms of the electoral college (1876 was in fact the closet by this standard even though Sam Tilden was robbed), but the election of 1884 between Grover Cleveland and James Blaine just doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Grover Cleveland, the governor of New York, won by a mere 37 electoral votes. Of course, this misses the key component. The state of New York proved to be pivotal with its 36 electoral votes. Cleveland carried the state by a mere 1,099 votes out of 1,167,169 cast or 1/10 of one percent. There have been closer state votes in presidential history, but votes have proved as important in Presidential history.

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