The Presidential Elections of 1876 and 2000

Political Science / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A discussion on the similarities between the 1876 and 2000 American presidential elections.

This paper presents the similarities between aspects of the presidential election in 1876 between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, and Democrat Samuel Tilden, and in 2000, between Republican George Bush and Democrat Al Gore. The paper points out that these historical comparisons indicate that history does not repeat itself, but that similar historical events will produce similar historical results.
“In the Presidential election of 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes, a Republican ran against Samuel Tilden, a Democrat. In the election, the Republican Party was the incumbent political party, while the challenging political party was the Democratic Party. The following are some of the similarities between the 1876 and 2000 elections.
“At the time of both elections, the policies of the incumbent political party led to a booming national economy. In both elections, the political party challenging the incumbent party held the majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In both elections, the vote count in at least four states were contested/disputed. In both elections, both candidates vying for the presidency were from the same geographical part of the county. In 1876, both Hayes (from Ohio) and Tilden (from New York) were northerners, while in the 2000 election, both Bush (Texas) and Gore (Tennessee) were southerners (New York Times, 2001; Hoogenboom, 1995).”


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