5 Closest U.S. Presidential Elections

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It's not always Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale. In 1984, Reagan won 49 states on the way to earning 525 Electoral College votes, one of the biggest presidential election landslides in history. Sometimes, though, U.S. presidential elections are agonizingly close. Here's a look at five of the tightest races for the White House.
5 Closest U.S. Presidential Elections

51796: John Adams vs. Thomas Jefferson

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John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are both huge names in U.S. history. These two men also ran against each other for the presidency two times. In the closer of the two races, in 1796, Adams beat out Jefferson by 71 to 68 electoral votes, becoming the country's second president. Jefferson got his revenge in 1800. In this presidential rematch—also a close election—Jefferson took 73 electoral votes to Adams' 65. Jefferson, then, became the nation's third president.

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