Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith - Ross Perot in 1992. The Role of the...

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Keeping the Faith Al Gore received more of the popular vote than George W. Bush in 2000, and court challenges in Florida stretched the conflict out for thirty-six days. Given the closeness of the race, some pundits speculated that several faithless electors would throw the race to Gore. But perhaps due to the penalties, this did not happen. Florida’s electoral college elected Bush by a very thin margin. Sometimes a candidate loses the popular vote but still becomes the president. In fact, this has happened four times in American history: John Quincy Adams in 1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, and George W. Bush in 2000. These men all became president despite having lost the popular vote. In races with a significant third-party candidate, the winner frequently gets less than 50 percent of the popular vote, such as when Woodrow Wilson defeated opponents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft in 1912 or when Bill Clinton defeated George H. W. Bush and
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Unformatted text preview: Ross Perot in 1992. The Role of the House in History If no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives votes to determine which candidate becomes president. This has happened only once, when Andrew Jackson won the popular vote and more electoral votes than any other candidate in 1824, but he didnt win a majority of electoral votes. The House chose Jacksons rival, John Quincy Adams, to be the next president. Choosing the Vice President Originally, the presidential candidate who received the second-greatest number of electoral votes became the vice president, but this created problems between presidents and vice presidents who were from different political parties. The Twelfth Amendment, ratified in 1804, made it so that the Electoral College chooses the president and the vice president separately....
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