What role did FL play in the outcome of the Election of 1876. What other states played a similar role?Please describe details for me.  

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In the election of 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden fought a very closely contested campaign.  The results of the election were disputed in a number of states.  Florida was one of these states (the others were OR, SC, and LA).

In these states, the Republicans said the Democrats were refusing to count black votes while the Democrats said the Republicans were refusing to count votes for Tilden.  Both parties claimed that they had won Florida and three other states.

This made it so that a special commission had to be formed to come to a compromise.  This allowed Hayes to win.  In return, Reconstruction was ended.