1800: Jefferson and Adams
The outcome was so bizarre, the United States had to amend the Constitution.
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1872 was strange because one of the primary candidates never saw the final Electoral College vote.
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After his inauguration, Adams selected Clay as his secretary of state. Jackson accused Adams and Clay of a "corrupt bargain."
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Others, like the Libertarian, Green and Independent parties occasionally put forth a nominee.
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