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Second American presidential election of 1792

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NOTE: Until the election of 1804, the second place winner would be vice president. According to the original Constitutional electoral process, electors would choose two candidates to give an electoral vote to.


The presidential election of 1792 took place from Friday, November 2 - December 5, 1792. It was the only election that did not take place four years before the previous.

Presidential candidates

Campaigning & major issues

George Washington was urged to re-run even though he didn't want to. The country was quickly dividing as the first two political parties, the Democratic-Republicans and the Federalists, were established. Because of this, like before, John Adams and George Clinton were mainly running for vice president, not president. The Democratic-Republicans would have rather had Thomas Jefferson as their candidate, but it would have sacrificed Virginia's electoral votes, and the Constitution stated a state could not vote for a ticket of two candidates from that state, and both Washington and Jefferson were from Virginia.

Electoral college & turn-out

There were 67 votes needed to win; 132 in total. Two new states had joined the Union, Vermont and Kentucky. A total of 28,579 people voted.


First place: George Washington (incumbent)

132/132 electoral votes

100.0% of the popular vote

Second place: John Adams (incumbent)

77/132 electoral votes

Popular vote unknown

Third place: George Clinton

50/132 electoral votes

Popular vote unknown

Fourth place: Thomas Jefferson

4/132 electoral votes

Popular vote unknown

Fifth place: Aaron Burr

1/132 electoral votes

Popular vote unknown

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