Wikipedia:Featured topics/United States presidential election, 1880

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The United States presidential election of 1880 was a contest between Republican James A. Garfield and Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock in which the Republican Garfield prevailed. At the Republican convention, supporters of Ulysses S. Grant, James G. Blaine, and John Sherman deadlocked for thirty-six rounds of voting before settling on Garfield as the nominee. At the Democratic convention, Hancock fended off challenges by Thomas F. Bayard, Samuel J. Randall, and Henry B. Payne for his party's nomination, while James B. Weaver and Neal Dow picked up their small parties' endorsements with little dissent. The voter turnout rate was one of the highest in the nation's history. In the end, the popular vote totals of the two main candidates were separated by fewer than 2,000 votes, the smallest victory in the popular vote ever recorded. In the electoral college, however, Garfield's victory was decisive; he won nearly all of the populous Northern states to achieve a majority of 214 electoral votes to 155 for Hancock. Hancock's sweep of the Southern states was not enough for victory, but it cemented his party's dominance of the region for generations.

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Featured article United States presidential election, 1880
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Featured article 1880 Republican National Convention
Featured article James A. Garfield
Featured article Chester A. Arthur
Featured article Ulysses S. Grant
Featured article James G. Blaine
Featured article John Sherman
Featured article 1880 Democratic National Convention
Featured article Winfield Scott Hancock
Featured article William Hayden English
Featured article Thomas F. Bayard
Featured article Samuel J. Randall
Good article Henry B. Payne
Featured article 1880 Greenback National Convention
Featured article James B. Weaver
Good article Barzillai J. Chambers
Featured article Neal Dow
Good article Henry Adams Thompson
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