U.S. Presidents who made it without the popular vote

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Becoming president of the United States

Only 4 US Presidents throughout history made it into the oval office without the benefit of having the popular vote. Normally, whoever makes it does have that vote.

Sometimes however, the fate of the next president has been decided in other ways.

John Quincy Adams, whose presidential fate was ultimately decided by the US House of Representatives, February, 8 1925.

It has been said that neither candidate was able to secure a majority of the votes, but Andrew Jackson by all rights, had received the most electoral votes, yet he still did not become President.

It’s been said that the presidential election of 1876 was the most contentious and controversial presidential election in American history, with the results of that election being the most disputed ever.

Undoubtedly, Samuel J Tilden outpolled Rutherford B Hayes in the popular vote, in fact Samuel J Tilden won 184 electoral votes while Rutherford B Hayes only had 165 of the votes, that left 20 votes open as unresolved.  

The unresolved votes were in dispute. 3 of the states where the votes were in dispute reported that each party’s candidate had won. Those states were Louisiana, Florida and South Carolina.

In Oregon, oddly 1 elector was declared illegal and therefore replaced.

The dispute was resolved via the Compromise of 1877 which awarded the disputed 20 votes to Rutherford B Hayes.

In 1888 Benjamin Harrison made it, beating out Grover Cleveland who won plurality of the popular vote by a narrow margin.

In 2000, George W Bush made it into the oval office but only after the US Supreme Court put a stop to recounts in Florida and awarded Florida’s votes to George W Bush.

This years presidential election is no exception to the rule, it has been bitter, contentious, spiteful and full of wild and crazy accusations from both sides.

I believe that most of us are ready for this years presidential soap opera to be done and over with, sadly if history has taught us anything, we may not get our wish so easily.

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Will either candidate be willing to accept the outcome without turning it into yet another major scandal?

Better yet, will the media?

Cristal M Clark

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United States Presidential Election hits a major snag

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It’s looking like people are swaying towards a write-in?

According to Google the search for “write-in” had a pretty significant uptick within the last week.

Seems like people are starting to show more displeasure with both parties than anyone realized.

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Back in 2012 the number of write in votes was around something like 0.11%…not a huge number but it enough to be noticed and also make a dent.

Within the last week Google Search recorded that over 2,800% of its searches were for “write-in.” Google hasn’t seen a jump like this happen since 2004.

Of course Google can’t tell us why people are choosing to google the words “write-in,” but…given last week’s drama concerning Donald Trump plus the WikiLeaks drama concerning Hillary Clinton, that might just = why people are searching for “write-in.”

What’s more is that seemingly overnight for Donald Trump things have gotten even worse. Women are now coming forward with claims that Donald Trump has been in the past sexually inappropriate as well as sexually harassed them.

Hillary Clinton is not getting by unscathed either, WikiLeaks is hitting her campaign pretty hard as well with more email leaks. Add in the fact that FBI agent’s have come forward with scathing details about how the investigation into her was handled and it’s just bad all the way around.

To top it off, the last debate we witnessed if anyone watched it, well it seemed more rather like the newest U.S. reality TV show instead of a presidential debate.

Donald Trump even made a threat the day after to Hillary’s campaign that if they kept releasing tapes, he’d keep bringing women to the forefront from Bill Clinton’s past….who by the way is not running for president.

With less than a month to go before the vote, people are looking for an alternative. It really is no wonder that Vladmir Putin won over Trump and Clinton in the KimDotcom Twitter poll this week.

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Voters are clearly growing weary of the nonsense, the failure of the FBI with regards to Hillary Clinton, her dishonesty and Donald Trump’s treatment of the presidential election like it’s a TV show.

The presidential election was never about high ratings and classless smear campaigns, it’s about what they can do for us and it’s starting to look like voters are leaning towards the idea that neither Trump or Clinton can do anything for us.  

This leave us with one question that has yet to be answered, is the electoral college paying attention to voter displeasure?

Could the electoral college finally, swing the election in the right direction by voting in another candidate?

Cristal M Clark

IOS users can find The Crime Shop on Apple News

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