The 1834 election developed into a battle between Henry Clay and John Sergeant of the National Repub

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The 1834 election developed into a battle between Henry Clay and John Sergeant of the  National Republican party, Jackson and Van Buren in the Democratic party and–in the  first third-party bid in American history–William Wirt and Amos Ellmaker from the Anti- Mason party. Clay latched onto the Bank issue, as it was one of the only weak spots in  Jackson's presidency. The Democrats, meanwhile, shaped the campaign as one  between the rich aristocratic Clay and the "everyman" worker Jackson. Jackson won  handily in the Electoral College, defeating Clay 219 votes to 49. However, in the popular  vote, Jackson's two opponents garnered 530,189 votes while Jackson won 687,502– hardly a strong mandate from the people. In fact, Jackson stands as the only president  in history to be reelected by a smaller percentage of the vote than he won in the first  election. The Bank issue had indeed cost Jackson dearly.
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