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OfficePresident
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1892 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 08, 1892 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close November 08, 1892 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start March 04, 1893 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1897 - 12:00pm
Turnout 19.15% Total Population
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifiedE Pluribus Unum June 30, 2018 12:42am
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The nation was dissatisfied with the Republican administration under Benjamin Harrison. Congress moved quickly to spend the federal budget surplus, partially by doubling the pensions to the veterans and partially through a series of internal improvements. A higher tariff proposed by U.S. Rep. William McKinley passed Congress in 1890; one of the goals of the tariff was the collection of taxes for the federal government, but in this case the tariff was so high that many foreign nations sent their goods elsewhere rather than trading with the United States. As revenue fell off, the government was hard pressed to meet its obligations.

The voters responded in 1890 by handing Congress over to the Democratic Party. It was the greatest Democratic congressional victory in decades; the breakdown of the U.S. House was 235 Democrats to 88 Republicans.

Many farmers in the west and south felt that the Democrats and Republicans were only marginally different. A convention was called in 1891 at which the Populist Party was formed to set forth the cause formerly promoted by the Greenback Party. The Populists met again in 1892 and nominated James B. Weaver for President; he had been the Greenback nominee in 1880.

The Republican Party met in Minneapolis in late spring. President Harrison was the clear favorite among the delegates, but many Republican leaders realized that Harrison could not win the election. James G. Blaine, the Secretary of State, resigned from his post just before the

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/06/1888
NameGrover Cleveland Votes5,534,488 (48.62%)
Term03/04/1889 - 03/04/1893 Margin90,596 (+0.80%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/03/1896
NameWilliam McKinley Votes7,108,480 (51.01%)
Term03/04/1897 - 03/04/1901 Margin596,985 (+4.28%)
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Name President Grover Cleveland (I) President Benjamin Harrison Rep. James B. Weaver Rep. John Bidwell Simon Wing Others  
PartyDemocratic Republican People's Party (Populist) Prohibition Socialist Labor Independent  
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Uncertified Votes5,551,883 (46.05%) 5,179,244 (42.96%) 1,024,280 (8.50%) 270,770 (2.25%) 21,163 (0.18%) 8,757 (0.07%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -372,639 (-3.09%) -4,527,603 (-37.55%) -5,281,113 (-43.80%) -5,530,720 (-45.87%) -5,543,126 (-45.98%)  
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