Electoral College vs. popular vote in presidential elections

We’ve had 58 presidential elections, one every four years since 1788. Twice the president was selected by Congress when no one succeeded in getting a majority of electoral votes. In both instances, Congress gave the presidency to the candidate who came in second in the popular vote. 1824’s John Quincy Adams only won 30.9% of the popular vote among four candidates. The other was 1876’s Rutherford B. Hayes, who won 47.9% of the popular vote and vowed to only serve one term. Three other times a candidate has won the…

A brief overview of political parties in presidential elections

1788 George Washington (Independent) Unopposed 1792 George Washington (Federalist) Unopposed Washington refused to run for a third term, a tradition honored by his successors for almost 150 years until FDR ran for a third term in 1940. 1796 John Adams (F) Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican) 1800 Thomas Jefferson (D-R) John Adams (F) 1804 Thomas Jefferson (D-R) Charles Pinckney (F) 1808 James Madison (D-R) Charles Pinckney (F) 1812 James Madison (D-R) DeWitt Clinton (D-R) Unable to agree on a candidate, the Federalists decided to endorse Clinton. 1816 James Monroe (D-R) Rufus King…

Utah Politico Summer Reading: Lieutenant Governor Spencer J Cox

It’s not too late to start a new book. And if you need a good idea or two, here are a few that Utah’s politicos are reading. This is the eleventh in a series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox hails from Fairview, Utah and was eager to share his summer book list selections, the reading of which he manages to squeeze in between BMX stunts and driving in the demolition derby. In addition to the weighty biographies and current events selections below, Cox also said he’ll also probably pick up…