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OfficePresident
TypeDemocratic Primary Election
Filing Deadline July 01, 1872 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open July 09, 1872 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close July 10, 1872 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start March 04, 1873 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1877 - 12:00pm
Turnout 0.00% Total Population
ContributorPicimpalious
Last ModifiedChronicler December 03, 2008 06:07pm
Data SourcesRichard C. Bain and Judith H. Parris, Convention Decisions and Voting Records, pp. 94-96.
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Democratic Party in Grant’s First Term

The election of 1868 was better for the Democrats than they had anticipated. In the presidential contest, Seymour won 47% of the popular vote in a race which Grant was expected to easily win. The party picked up the governorships of NJ and NY in addition to fifteen seats in the U.S. House. Mid-term elections of 1870 brought more good news for the Democrats; they gained 32 seats in the U.S. House, reducing the Republican majority to a 136-103 margin. The press, much of which was affiliated with the Republican Party, ran stories on many poor decisions of President Grant and the Republican Congress. In the South, where the Democratic Party was officially the Conservative Party, Reconstruction was ending one state at a time, returning each state to the Democratic column. The Democratic Party was in an excellent position as the year 1872 opened.

In early 1872, Democratic leaders corresponded with the Liberal Republican Party leaders. The newspapers of the time estimated that the LRP represented about 10% of the entire Republican vote. No one thought that the LRP could win the presidency without support. If the LRP delivered 10% of the Republican voters to the Democratic column, that would mean that the Democrats would pick up AL, CA, CT, IN, MO, PA, and VA – good for 93 electoral votes. That would elect the Democrat by a margin of 189 to 177 for Grant. The opportunity for controlling the White House and Congress led to the

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won12/02/1868
NameUlysses S. Grant Votes214 (72.79%)
Term03/04/1869 - 03/04/1873 Margin134 (+45.58%)
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  PartyRepublican Won12/04/1872
NameUlysses S. Grant Votes286 (81.95%)
Term03/04/1873 - 03/04/1877 Margin244 (+69.91%)
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