Nor was Hamilton out of touch with the political scene, although his involvement in national and state politics worked to his disadvantage and disappointment. As the election of 1800 drew nearer, Hamilton found against all three of the presidential candidates. He disliked both Adams and Thomas Jefferson from his earlier political career, but he was especially opposed to Aaron Burr, a former lawyer from New York. Hamilton encouraged Federalists throughout the country to abandon their candidate, John Adams, and vote for Charles Pinckney, who had once served Washington. Hamilton's efforts against Adams worked the the advantage of the other two candidates, and both Adams and Pinckney were easily defeated, leaving Jefferson and Burr with an identical number of votes. Under the Constitution at this time, one of these remaining
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