1812 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 1812 United States presidential election in Virginia took place between October 30 and December 2, 1812, as part of the 1812 United States presidential election. Voters chose 25 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

1812 United States presidential election in Virginia

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Nominee James Madison Rufus King
Party Democratic-Republican Federalist
Home state Virginia New York
Running mate Elbridge Gerry William R. Davie
Electoral vote 25 0
Popular vote 15,127 5,574
Percentage 73.1% 26.9%

President before election

James Madison
Democratic-Republican

Elected President

James Madison
Democratic-Republican

Virginia voted for the Democratic-Republican candidate and incumbent president, James Madison. Madison won Virginia, his home state, by a margin of 46.2%.[1]

The race in the state was noteworthy for a dispute within the Federalist Party, who had formed an unofficial pact to support rebel Democratic-Republican candidate DeWitt Clinton nationwide, while putting up Federalist candidate Jared Ingersoll as Clinton's running-mate. The Virginia state Federalist Party rejected this pact, however, and instead nominated Rufus King, the party's vice-presidential candidate in the two previous elections, for president, while nominating William Richardson Davie as King's running-mate. Despite the state's substantial number of presidential electors and the closeness of the race nationally, the dispute did not have a major impact on the election's outcome, as Madison was never considered likely to lose his home state.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Presidential Results: Virginia, 1812". Vote Archive. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  2. ^ Bonin, Christopher M.; Virginia in the War of 1812; p152