Unformatted text preview: “reoccupation” of Oregon; in fact, one of the party's most effective slogans was “Fifty-four Forty or Fight !,” a reference to the northernmost boundary of the Oregon Country. Clay was on the defensive from the beginning, but he eventually came out with a qualified endorsement for the annexation of Texas. His strategy backfired. Whigs in New York had switched to the anti-slavery Liberty party in enough numbers to cost Clay the state. Had Clay taken New York, he would have won the presidency by seven electoral votes. Only thirty-eight thousand popular votes separated the candidates, but the margin for Polk in the Electoral College was 170 to Clay's 105....
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- Fall '08
- Van Buren, Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, strategy backfired. Whigs, nomination. James Polk