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Compromise of 1877: The Great Betrayal The Compromise of 1877 between the Republicans and Democrats, occurring in January of that year, was the solution to the contested Presidential election of 1876 and furthermore brought an end to the period of Reconstruction following the Civil WarRepublican Candidate: Rutherford B. Hayes Samuel L. Tilden: Democratic Candidate Tilden led popular vote No precedent had yet been set to deal with contested votes, and tenacious partisanship during Reconstruction intensified the matter. In January 1877 Congress set up a special electoral commission with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to decide the disputed votes. The tiebreaker member swayed to the Republican side, and the commission awarded all disputed votes to Hayes, who won the election with 185 electoral votes to Tilden's 184. Democrats in the senate threatened to prevent the commission from reporting with a filibuster

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