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Presidential Campaign of 1824
Presidential Campaign of 1832
Presidential Campaign of 1840
Presidential Election of 1844
A main concern in the race was the annexation of Texas. Cass favored it, while Clay did not. However, Clay supported the acquisition of the Oregon Territory, which was jointly administered by the United States and Great Britain at that time. The whigs also felt that they could win most of the northern states including large electoral states such as Pennsylvania and New York, believing that Cass' pro-annexation stance would be seen as a pro-slavery bias.
The Whig strategy proved successful.
|States won by Cass/Polk||States won by Clay/Frelinghuysen|
Clay received 182 electoral votes, while Cass received 93 electoral votes.
The popular vote, however, was much closer
Clay: 1,389,345 Cass: 1,242,980
1st Term: 1845-1849
Presidential Election of 1848
2nd Term: 1849-1852
Clay died on June 21, 1852, serving just over 3 years of his second term. Vice President Theodore Frelinhuysen was inaugurated on June 23.
The VP decided not to run for President, as there were just over 4 months until election day, and he did not feel he would be able to accomplish anything worthy of convincing voters to support him in such a short amount of time.