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What contributed to Jackson winning the election of 1828?

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One of the significant factors that allowed Andrew Jackson to win the presidential election of 1828 was that he was running against just one other candidate: incumbent John Quincy Adams. In many ways, this election was seen as a rematch of the previous election between Jackson and Adams. In 1824, Adams won the presidency by the decision of the House of Representatives when no candidate won a majority of votes. This occurred even though Jackson had won more votes than Adams, leaving Jackson's supporters eager to correct this perceived error in 1828.

In 1828, with only the two candidates in the running, it was easy for Jackson to win a clear majority of the electoral votes. With a consolidated base, including the endorsement of incumbent Vice President John C. Calhoun and the entire Democratic Party, Jackson was able to form a coalition of support that Adams was unable to effectively compete with.

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There were a couple of reasons why Andrew Jackson won the election of 1828. His victory is considered to be one of the great watersheds of American history.

One reason he won was because of what was seen as a "corrupt bargain" after the election of 1824; although Jackson had more popular and electoral votes than any other candidate, John Quincy Adams won the disputed election. Jackson's supporters thought the outcome was extremely unfair, and they were determined to win a resounding victory in 1828.

A second reason for Jackson's victory was his popularity with the common man. By 1828, presidential electors were being chosen by popular vote in almost all of the states, and no other candidate could match Jackson's popularity. While Jackson's main adversary, John Quincy Adams, was a brilliant and honorable man, he lacked Jackson's charisma.

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