Recap of the Candidates
President Thomas Jefferson was re-nominated by the DR Caucus with George Clinton running for Vice President. The Federalist Caucus nominated Charles C. Pinckney for President and Rufus King for Vice President. For a recap of the first term of Pres. Jefferson, see the DR Caucus page.
Events of Spring and Summer of 1804
VP Aaron Burr, realizing that his national career was at a standstill, launched a bid for the governorship of New York. George Clinton, the incumbent, was not running again in order to devote his attention to becoming the next Vice President. The state Federalists were divided about his candidacy; Alexander Hamilton was one of the leaders of the candidacy of Morgan Lewis while other Federalists supported Burr. When the results of the race for NY Governor were tallied, Lewis won a 58-42% victory. Burr was incensed by Hamilton’s campaign for Lewis, and their correspondence led to a duel on 7/12/1804 in which Burr killed Hamilton.
In the congressional elections in New York, held at the same time as the race for Governor, the Federalists were held to only two seats, a foretaste of reductions in their repre