1812 Presidential Election
The United States presidential election of 1812 took place in the shadow of the War of 1812. It featured an intriguing competition between incumbent Democratic-Republican President James Madison and a dissident Democratic-Republican, DeWitt Clinton, nephew of Madison's late Vice President. The Federalist opposition threw their support behind Clinton. Nonetheless, Madison was re-elected handily.
1812 Election Results
|✓||James Madison (I)||Democratic-Republican||128|
|De Witt Clinton||Federalist||89|
1812 Election Facts
- Welcome: Louisiana becomes a state during this election cycle
- New York replaces Virginia with most electoral votes; will hold #1 spot until 1972
- Maryland: A district-based system was used, similar to ME/NE today. Districts 3 and 4 voters each chose two electors. In all, Madison won 6 electors, Clinton 5.
- Issues of the Day: War of 1812
- One available electoral vote from Ohio was not cast