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."

6 comments:

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Such inspiring words!

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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!!!

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Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Perfect day for election trivia :)

Riot Kitty said...

Electoral college should be abolished.