Recap of the popular vote
After the results of the popular election were known, it was clear that the presidential election still was undecided. Pres. Adams led by a narrow margin of 58-53 with 27 electoral votes undecided. Three states remained in contention: GA, PA, and SC.
State Legislatures Vote
Georgia was a special case. After the Pinckney Treaty with Spain granted Georgia all its claims in the future Alabama and Mississippi areas, the Federalist Party rebounded there. President Adams’s work in strengthening the army was also popular in Georgia, which always feared an attack by the Spanish in Florida. As a result, the Federalists won dramatic victories in the election of 10/6/1798. They defeated both members of the U.S. House and gained many seats in the legislature. Both new congressmen were more moderate than the Hamiltonians and supported the moderate policies of Pres. Adams. Members of the GA state legislature elected in 1800 would be choosing Presidential Electors and a U.S. Senator. James Gunn, the incumbent, was one of a very few Senators who had served continuously since 1789. He was also a leader of Georgia Federalists. When the legislature assembled, the DRs had control. They chose Electors pledged to Jefferson and voted to retire Sen. Gunn. The electoral vote now stood at Adams 58, Jefferson 57, not decided 23.
In Pennsylvania, the legislature was divided: the Federalists controlled the state senate and the Democratic