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As far as the American Presidential Election of 1828 goes, Andrew Jackson handily won the popular vote (56.0% to 43.6%) as well as the electoral vote (178 to 83) in defeating the incumbent President John Quincy Adams. However, the previous Election of 1824 was one of the most controversial in American history. Jackson won the popular vote, but not by a majority (there were four major candidates); he also won the most electoral votes but, again, not by a majority. The U. S. House of Representatives decided the outcome of the election, and they chose Adams as President after Henry Clay (who had finished third) threw his support to Adams. Jackson later easily won his reelection bid in the Election of 1832.
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