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  • Elections of 1824 and 1828
  • Elect Jackson!
  • Elect Adams!
  • Jackson's Plurality
  • Andrew Jackson wins the popular vote!
  • The Decision Goes to the House
  • Adams is a much better candidate than Jackson.
  • In the election of 1824, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Henry Clay ran for president. Each of these candidates were "favorite sons," which means they were supported by their home state, but not much by everyone else.
  • The Corrupt Bargain
  • After the votes were counted up, Andrew Jackson won the popular vote and the electoral votes, giving him a plurality, but no candidate won the majority of electoral votes, so the winner of the election would be decided by the House of Representatives.
  • Two Political Parties
  • Democrats!
  • When the decision went to the house, Henry Clay, one of the candidates, used his influence as Speaker of the House to sway the representatives to vote for Adams.
  • Mudslinging
  • Andrew Jackson won the election by a landslide.
  • With Clay's influence, Jackson lost the election and John Quincy Adams. The corrupt bargain cast a shadow over Adams' presidency and Congress ended up rejecting many of Adams' proposals.
  • And John Quincy Adams is the new president!
  • In the election of 1828, there were two political parties. The Democrats supported Jackson, and the Republicans favored Adams. The main difference in the two parties was that the Democrats favored strong state governments while the Republicans wanted a strong central government.
  • Republicans!
  • The election of 1828 was the first election where the candidates publicly attacked each other. This was called mudslinging. Instead of talking how they were the best, they pointed out the other candidate's flaws. Eventually, Jackson won the election by a landslide and was elected president.
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