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PE President Elect
1868

Overview1868 : OVERVIEW | ELECTORAL MAP | BACKGROUND
STATE RESULTS | TOP OF PAGE

Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses Simpson Grant
Schuyler Colfax

Party: REPUBLICAN
Home State: PR: IL; VP: IN
Electoral Votes: 214
Pop. Vote: 3,013,650 (52.7%)

Horatio Seymour Horatio Seymour
Francis Preston Blair, Jr.

Party: DEMOCRATIC
Home State: PR: NY; VP: MO
Electoral Votes: 80
Pop. Vote: 2,708,744 (47.3%)

yellow box Scattered Write-Ins
Pop. Vote: 46 (>0.1%)
gray box Not Cast
Electoral Votes: 26click icon for more info
Actual electoral votes - 294 (from 34 states)
Majority needed to win - 148
Total popular vote - 5,722,440

Electoral Map1868 : OVERVIEW | ELECTORAL MAP | BACKGROUND
STATE RESULTS | TOP OF PAGE

Electoral College 1868

Background1868 : OVERVIEW | ELECTORAL MAP | BACKGROUND
STATE RESULTS | TOP OF PAGE

. THE 1868 CAMPAIGN AND ELECTION
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In 1868, as it would be for the next several elections, the main issue was the Civil War and its aftermath. In the years before this election, President Andrew Johnson drew the wrath of the Radical Republican Congress in his attempts to bring the rebellious southern states back into the Union fold as quickly and as painlessly as possible. His political opponents felt that the South should be punished for their actions. The President and Congress clashed often. Johnson vetoed 28 bills during his tenure; Congress was able to override a record 15 of them (in contrast, FDR vetoed 635 bills; only 9 were overridden). Early in 1868, after Johnson ignored a law Congress had passed over his veto that would have required him to get Congressional consent before removing his Secretary of War, the House of Representatives impeached the President. He was aquitted in a Senate trial by only one vote. The Radical Republicans were able to set up a legislative agenda that, among other things, stripped the state governments of the southern states and replaced them with military districts, disenfranchised most white citizens who had supported the Confederacy, and gave thousands of former slaves the right to vote. For a while, blacks in the south with the right to vote actually outnumbered whites allowed to vote there. A fringe benefit (if not the main purpose) of these objectives gave Republicans a major stronghold in the South that would take years to erode.

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State Results1868 : OVERVIEW | ELECTORAL MAP | BACKGROUND
STATE RESULTS | TOP OF PAGE

In 1868, 294 electoral votes were available; 148 votes were needed to secure the win.
STATE GRANT SEYMOUR EVs
ALABAMA 76,667 (51.3%) 72,921 (48.7%) 8
ARKANSAS 22,112 (53.7%) 19,078 (46.3%) 5
CALIFORNIA 54,588 (50.2%) 54,068 (49.8%) 5
CONNECTICUT 50,789 (51.5%) 47,781 (48.5%) 6
Delaware 7,614 (41.0%) 10,957 (59.0%) 3
FLORIDA Grantclick icon for more info 3
GEORGIA 57,109 (35.7%) 102,707 (64.3%) 9
ILLINOIS 250,304 (55.7%) 199,116 (44.3%) 16
INDIANA 176,548 (51.4%) 166,980 (48.6%) 13
IOWA 230,399 (61.9%) 74,040 (38.1%) 8
KANSAS 30,027 (68.8%) 13,600 (31.2%) 3
KENTUCKY 39,566 (25.5%) 115,889 (74.5%) 11
LOUISIANA 33,263 (29.3%) 80,225 (70.7%) 7
MAINE 70,502 (62.45%) 42,460 (37.6%) 7
MARYLAND 30,438 (32.8%) 62,357 (67.2%) 7
MASSACHUSETTS 136,379 (69.8%) 59,103 (30.2%) 12
MICHIGAN 128,563 (57.0%) 97,069 (43.0%) 8
MINNESOTA 43,545 (60.8%) 28,075 (39.2%) 4
MISSISSIPPI No Votes Castclick icon for more info 10
MISSOURI 86,860 (57.0%) 65,628 (43.0%) 11
NEBRASKA 9,772 (63.9%) 5,519 (36.1%) 3
NEVADA 6,474 (55.4%) 5,215 (44.6%) 3
NEW HAMPSHIRE 37,718 (55.2%) 30,575 (44.8%) 5
NEW JERSEY 80,132 (49.1%) 83,001 (50.9%) 7
NEW YORK 419,888 (49.4%) 429,883 (50.6%) 33
NORTH CAROLINA 96,939 (53.4%) 84,559 (46.6%) 9
OHIO 280,159 (54.0%) 238,506 (46.0%) 21
OREGON 10,961 (59.6%) 11,125 (50.4%) 3
PENNSYLVANIA 342,280 (52.2%) 313,382 (47.8%) 26
RHODE ISLAND 13,017 (66.7%) 6,494 (33.3%) 4
SOUTH CAROLINA 62,301 (57.9%) 45,237 (42.1%) 6
TENNESSEE 56,628 (68.4%) 26,129 (31.6%) 10
TEXAS No Votes Castclick icon for more info 6
VERMONT 44,173 (78.6%) 12,051 (21.4%) 5
VIRGINIA No Votes Castclick icon for more info 10
WEST VIRGINIA 29,015 (58.8%) 20,306 (41.2%) 5
WISCONSIN 108,920 (56.3%) 84,708 (43.7%) 8
TOTALS 3,013,650 (52.7%) 2,708,744 (47.3%)
ELECTORAL
VOTES
214 80
In 1868, 294 electoral votes were available; 148 votes were needed to secure the win.

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