Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fact of the Day: Lost by 1 Vote

In 1876, Samuel J. Tilden lost to Rutherford B. Hayes in the presidential election by just one electoral vote. Ironically Tilden won the popular vote with a good margin of 51% to Hayes' 47%. Upon his defeat, Tilden stated "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."


Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Such inspiring words!


Ruth said...

I remember reading about candidates that won majority but lost electoral vote, but I did not know about this one.
Very interesting!

Anonymous said...

Voting is compulsory for us. I hope everyone is out there voting in the us!

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Martin said...

Ironic but true. Im very excited what will happen today!!!


Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Perfect day for election trivia :)

Riot Kitty said...

Electoral college should be abolished.