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10 of the most bizarre elections in American history
The 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush is perhaps the craziest, most controversial election in U.S. history. Here's a look at 10 others.

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1800: Jefferson and Adams

1800: Jefferson and Adams

The outcome was so bizarre, the United States had to amend the Constitution.

  • The election of 1800 saw Thomas Jefferson tie with his Democratic-Republican "running mate" Aaron Burr. Both...

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1824: 'Corrupt bargain'

  • Andrew Jackson won the popular vote by less than 39,000 ballots and took 99 Electoral College votes. John Quincy Adams secured 84, William Crawford won 41, and Henry Clay had 37.
  • Clay,...

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1860: Nation divided

The 1860 election was notable because it ripped the long-dominant Party (and nation) in half.

  • The Democrats were unable at their 1860 convention to establish an official party line on ...

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1872: Death of a candidate

1872 was strange because one of the primary candidates never saw the final Electoral College vote.

  • Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union armies that defeated the Confederacy, had not bee...

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1876: Not-so-independent tiebreaker

  • Democrat Samuel Tilden had beaten Republican Rutherford Hayes.
  • But Tilden was one Electoral College vote away from a majority of 185 votes, and four states composing a total of 20 vo...

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1920: Campaigning from prison

1920: Campaigning from prison

This election wasn't very exciting. Republican Warren G. Harding took more than 60% of the popular vote over Democrat James Cox, along with 37 of the 48 states.

Third place is interesting be...

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1948: Truman's "defeat"

1948: Truman's "defeat"
  • President Harry S. Truman was done before the election began. An opinion poll showed that only a third of Americans approved of Truman's handling of the presidency. The election was New York G...

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1960: Beginning of televised debates

1960: Beginning of televised debates

The contest between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon marked another precedent: the first time that presidential debates were televised.

  • Nixon had recently been hospitalized. He refus...

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1964: Mandate on race

This election was not about whether Republican Barry Goldwater or President Lyndon Johnson was a more capable commander in chief. Race shaped the 1964's ballot and would affect elections for decade...

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1972: Electroshock therapy

  • Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota had just won the Democratic nomination for president and phoned Sen. Thomas Eagleton and asked him to be his running mate.
  • Eagleton was quiet about...

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