US Presidential Election History: The Toughest Presidential Battles in The US History

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    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a heated battle for who will be elected the next president of the United States. The battle is fierce with Trump going against the norm and willing to say anything that is on his mind – even if no other politician in the world will.

    The election is turning into a heated battle, but it doesn’t measure up to some of the toughest presidential battles that the United States has faced.

    Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams – 1828

    The election of 1828 was a bitter one. Jackson was a poor southern man that was abused as a child and went on to be a military hero that appealed to the people. Adams, the son of Founding Father John Adams was rich, traveled the world and had a complete opposite life compared to Jackson.

    Jackson won the popular vote in the 1824 election winning 11 states, 43% of the popular vote and 99 electoral votes. Jackson surpassed all other candidates, but he didn’t gather the majority of electoral votes to win the race.

    The House of Representatives would decide who would be president, and they picked Adams.

    Henry Clay gave his support to Adams in a deal that would put Clay as the Secretary of State. Clay was an influential congressman and also ran for president in 1824. Jackson’s supporters would call the deal made between Clay and Adams the “Corrupt Bargain.”

    Fast forward to 1828, Jackson was prepared for the election and worked to garner support since 1824.

    Adams used a slew of “skeletons” to discredit Jackson, including:

    • He killed a man in a duel
    • He had a horrible temper
    • Claims that his wife never divorced her first husband swirled

    Newspapers even claimed that Jackson chased away his wife’s husband and stole her away.

    The bitter rivalry got so heated that Adams started to withdraw from active campaigning because the insults were so intense. One paper wrote “Jackson’s mother was a common prostitute.”

    Jackson became so offended that he continued his bid for presidency and won with a vote of 56% and 178 electoral votes.

    The Toughest Elections in Terms of a Close Race

    The election of Jackson was even more complicated with his wife dying from dismay after his election, and Jackson blaming Adams for her death. But there have been tougher elections fought in terms of both candidates being close in the popular vote.

    1960 John F. Kennedy Defeats Richard Nixon

    Kennedy would go on to become president and eventually get assassinated. Before the sad day, Kennedy battled fiercely with Nixon winning the popular vote by a mere 0.2%.

    1844 James Polk Defeats Henry Clay

    The deal Clay made with Adams was overlooked in the 1844 election when he squared off against James Polk. Polk beat Clay in the election winning by a slim 1.4% in the popular vote and by just 65 electoral votes.

    1880 James Garfield Defeats Winfield Hancock

    Garfield and Hancock had one of the closest races in history. Garfield won the popular vote by less than 2,000 votes, or a slim 0.1%. He won the electoral vote by just 59.

    The Trump and Clinton election may be odd, and the stakes have changed with a billionaire showing that even people without political experience can be elected as a party nominee. But Trump and Clinton’s general election is not likely to be as close or fierce as those in the past.


    • JOHN MORRISON

      I REMEMBER THE ELECTION OF 1948 ,.THE MORNING N.Y. PAPER SAID DEWEY WON IN A FRONT PAGE SPREAD , THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS THAT DEWEY LOST AND TRUMAN ACTUALLY WON AFTER ALL THE VOTES WERE IN

      • GOOGLE, CLINTONS #1 AIDE HUMA ABEDIN, SCHROL DOWN AND CLICK ON THE VIDEOS.

        HAS SHE BEEN A SPY FOR 20 YEARS. IT SEEMS SO.

        ARE THERE OTHERS, THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THERE ARE SINCE OBAMA SAID HE WAS ONE AND HAS SURROUNDED HIMSELF WITH MUSLIMS.

        ALSO GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, LISTEN, THEN ASK YOURSELF, IS SHE ON DOPE AND IS THIS WHY SHE WANTS OPEN BORDERS?

        • JYuma

          I do HOPE that you will not be to Mad if I steal this reply , I wish to send it to a Clinton very nasty follower. She will Rage for the next month.

      • Re

        We néed to get back to counting the votes again.the electrol system ls out of date .

      • Re

        We need to count the votes again the electrol system is out of date.

      • Re

        We need to count the votes again the electrol vote system is out of date

    • Inspite of everything Trump will win by a small margin.

    • Inspite of polls Trump will win a close election because Americans don’t want 4 more years of scandals.

      • IF YOU GOOGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, LISTEN TO IT AND THE SEND IT TO ALL IN YOUR EMAIL AND GET THEM TO DO THE SAME. TRUMP WINS BY A LANDSLIDE.

      • Mathew Molk

        The poles are, and have been completely phony. Trump has been ahead from day one.

        If not how do you explain that NOWHERE are there more clinton yard signs and bumper stickers then Trump paraphernalia, if you don’t count the “Hillery for Prison” signs, anyway. Trump is over 10:1 in NE Ohio.

        Furthermore, Trump fills stadiums with people standing outside unable to get in. Clinton can’t fill a JR High gym. Half of the attendees are often reporters so where aare all these Clinton Votes,,,Dead people and illegals are about it.

    • Yvonne Fileccia

      CANNOT SEE WHAT THE BATTLE IS………….BEING THAT THE CLINTONS HAVE BEEN SCAMMING THE USA AND THE LEGAL CITIZENS FOR DECADES…….

      THEY ARE AFRAID TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ALL THE GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT AND THEN THE USA CITIZENS WILL BE INFORMED VIA PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT HOW MANY DECADES THEY HAVE BEEN SCAMMING “WE THE PEOPLE”…………..

    • bagster53

      i don’t know about the toughest , iut sure is the slezzest , i think the thing that earatats me the most are these hillary adds , acusing trump of doing what the the facts show it is her doing , like the ducks, the violence and the lies

    • Yvonne Fileccia

      TOO BAD THAT THE HC LOVERS LIKE THE IDEA OF HAVING AN ALCOHOLIC AS CIC……….IT SEEMS THAT THEY HATE THE USA WORSE THAN BO OR HC…………HC IS A KILLER, A THIEF(WHITE HOUSE ITEMS), SHE LIES AND HAS BEEN CAUGHT NUMEROUS TIMES, AND SHE IS IN BED WITH THE MUSLIMS & SOROS ……..AND YET THE LIBERALS TURN A DEAF EAR ABOUT HER CORRUPTION AND EVIL ACTS…….

      WHAT THE BLACKS AND HISPANICS DON’T REALIZE………..MUSLIMS HATE BLACKS & HISPANICS AND IN THEIR COUNTRY THEY TRY TO KILL AS MANY AS POSSIBLE…….JUST WAIT, BECAUSE IF HC SHOULD HAPPEN (BY SOME MIRACLE FOR THE LIBERALS), SHE WILL HAVE 300,000 MORE MUSLIMS MOVING IN AND THEN THE LEGAL MINORITIES WILL NOT LIVE LONG……..

      HC & BO ARE WORSE THAN ADOLPH………WHO KILLED MILLIONS…………

    • WHEN CROOKS, LIE AND LIE AND LIE AND NEVER TELL THE TRUTH AND YOU GET A PRESIDENT THAT GOES OUT AND SPENDS TAX PAYERS MONEY FLYING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, INSTEAD OF DOING HIS JOB, AND DOES EVERTHING, EVEN TO HAVE ILLEGALS VOTE, THEN WHAT DO YOU EXPECT. I HOPE IT DOES NOT TAKE THE ARMY TO KICK HIM OUT.

      FROM A KOREAN WAR VET., 51/53, A CHRISTIAN., AND THE NEW AMERICAN PARTY. TRUMP ALL THE WAY.

      DO MORE THAN WRITE ON HERE.  COPY & FORWARD THIS TODAY AND MILLIONS CAN BE REACHED BY TUESDAY, IF ALL WILL COPY AND FORWARD.

      REMEMBER THE SUPREME COURT, THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT.

      GOOGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CRONICLES 2015, LISTEN TO ALL.

      IS SHE ON DOPE? IS THIS WHY SHE WANTS OPEN BORDERS?

      GOOGLE, HUMA ABEDIN TERRIOST, COULD HILLIARY AND HUMA BE SPYS FOR TERRIOST?

      IF YOU ARE FOR THIS, YOU ARE TRYING TO DESTROY MY COUNTRY.

    • Spunky

      The only way Hillary got a high number of votes is from big lib cities – who are the me me generation – the takers , slums, illegals, libs – Some states all counties came in Trump – not one county for Hillary