The much anticipated results of the US Presidential elections were finally declared late on November 8, 2016. The Republican Party has scored a landslide victory. Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence are going to be the next President and Vice President of the USA.
Following its decisive victory in Pennsylvania, the GOP looks set to hold sway in the US Senate as well.
Having secured 264 electoral votes already and leading in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, Donald Trump looks set to become the next president of the USA. He's just four more votes away from winning the elections.
The Republicans' dominance in the US House of Representatives is set to continue. While the party may find it difficult to retain majority in the Senate, continued Republican dominance in the House could hamper any legislative agenda taken up by Clinton, in case she is elected. On the other hand, Trump's victory could lead to a prompt demise of outgoing President and Democrat member Barack Obama's health reforms.
In what may come as another setback for Hillary Clinton, as per latest reports, Republican Pat Toomey has been re-elected to the Senate from Pennsylvania.
Incumbent President James K. Polk had not intended to run for reelection in the 1848 election, and had accomplished everything he had set out to accomplish during his term. He developed health issues, and died a few months after the end of his term. The Democratic Party instead selected Lewis Cass as their presidential candidate. Cass, like election frontrunner Zachary Taylor, had a military background. William Orlando Butler, who served with Taylor in the Mexican-American War, to be his running mate.
The Free Soil Party formed as a single-issue third party in 1848 for the abolition of slavery. The Free Soil Party chose Martin Van Buren as their presidential nominee, with Charles Francis Adams (the son of John Quincy Adams) as his running mate.
Slavery was an important issue during the 1848 election. Four new states and large territories expanded the country at the end of the Mexican-American War that year, upsetting the balance between pro-slavery states and states in favor of abolition. Cass was in favor of the annexation of Texas, however, leading to suspicions about pro-slavery views. The Democratic Party decided not to focus on the issue during their campaign. The party was split over which side it would take, and this indecision would prove detrimental to the campaign.
The 1848 election was the first presidential election in the United States to hold Election Day on the same day in every state across the country. The Tuesday after the first Monday in November was designated as the official Election Day for the country, a custom which is still used today. The election of 1848 was held on November 7.
Zachary Taylor defeated Lewis Cass with 163 of the 290 total electoral votes, though the margin of victory was much slimmer in the popular vote count. The Free Soil Party, while they did not receive any electoral votes, did receive a substantial percentage of popular votes, which would probably have gone to the Democratic Party.
Taylor died about sixteen months into his term, on July 9, 1850. He was succeeded by his vice president, Millard Fillmore
|Presidential Candidate||Home State||Party||Electoral Votes||Running Mate|
|Zachary Taylor||Louisiana||Whig||163||Millard Fillmore|
|Lewis Cass||Michigan||Democratic||127||William O. Butler|
|Martin Van Buren||New York||Free Soil||0||Charles F. Adams|
|US Presidential Elections History|