For weeks before the election, polls showed Gore and Bush running neck and neck, too close to call nationally and in many states. Electors must have been appointed by December 12,
Whig and former president Millard Fillmorewho ran on the Know-Nothing ticket, garnered only 8 electoral votes.
The once-dominant Whigsenervated by a series of defeats and internecine conflicts, were in a state of collapse, with many members defecting to the splinter parties that formed in the wake of the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The act, sponsored by Democratic Sen.
Douglas of Illinoisestablished popular sovereignty as the means by which the Nebraska territory would decide whether to enter the Union as a slave or a free state, thus reviving tensions over slavery that had ostensibly been put to rest by the Compromise of which had allowed popular sovereignty to decide the issue in Utah and New Mexico and created California as a free state.
The new act claimed that the former provision of the legislation nullified the Missouri Compromise ofwhich had established the northern boundary beyond which slavery was not permitted. Northerners were outraged, and the midterm election of saw the ouster of many Democrats from Congress. Following the shake-up, the former Democrats and Whigs who had engineered the purge gravitated to one of two new parties: Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Campaign and results This fraught climate—exacerbated by Bleeding Kansasa series of violent episodes that broke out after allegations of voter fraud in the new state—led the remaining Democrats to reject incumbent Franklin Pierce as their nominee, fearing that association with the controversial act would alienate voters.
Though Pierce allied with Douglas in an attempt to block the nomination of James Buchanan, who had been chosen because of his distance from the controversies of the day, Douglas ultimately reneged on their agreement and withdrew himself from the running, allowing Buchanan to take the nomination.
Breckinridgea former U. Republicans rallied around John C.
Dayton, a former U. Donelson of Tennessee as his running mate; the Whigs united behind Fillmore rather than proposing their own candidate. The Republicans maintained a vehement antislavery stance, a position that garnered them the votes of most northern states.
The Democrats, however, citing the possible dissolution of the Union should antislavery sentiments prevail, managed to win several key northern states, enabling Buchanan to win the White House.Media in category "United States presidential election, " The following 29 files are in this category, out of 29 total.
History in the making - that's what they called the election of , but not until after the election should have been over. A month after Election Day, the United States was still unsure about who its next President would be. The United States presidential election of was a contest between Democratic candidate Al Gore, then-Vice President, and Republican candidate George W.
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4, , in which Democrat James Buchanan defeated Republican John C. Frémont with electoral votes to Frémont’s Whig and former president Millard Fillmore, who ran on the Know-Nothing ticket, garnered only 8 electoral votes.. Slavery and popular sovereignty.