Distinction between the four so “fuzzy” that John C. Calhoun appeared as vice-presidential candidate on BOTH Adams AND Jackson tickets!
Jackson War hero War hero Strong personal appeal Strong personal appeal Campaigned against corruption and privilege Campaigned against corruption and privilege
12 th Amendment The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President.
Candidates Electoral Vote Popular Vote Popular Percentage 99153,54442.16 84108,74031.89 4146,61812.95 3747,13612.99
Deadlock = House of Representatives must choose among top three candidates
Clay eliminated, yet as Speaker of House he presided over the very chamber that had pick the winner. How awkward is that?