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  • Election of 1796
  • Voters had to choose between the two political parties. This was the fastest way to test if the nation could transfer power through election. the federalist was John Adams and the Republican was Thomas Jefferson.
  • Hamilton convinced southern electors to drop Adams name from the ballots, while the still voted Pinckney. When New Englanders learned this plan, they dropped Pinckney from their ballots to make sure Adams won. Adams received 71 votes, only 3 more than Jefferson. Jefferson became president.
  • John Adams had won the election, despite of backstage maneuvering by Alexander Hamilton against him. Hamilton developed a complicated scheme to elect Thomas Pinckney of South Carolina, which is the Federalist candidate for vice president.
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