The United States Presidential Election of 1798 saw President John Adams in a rematch with his 1795 opponent Thomas Jefferson.
Federalist party nomination
President Adams was re-nominated unopposed, while Vice President Samuel Johnston decided not to seek re-election and South Carolina Congressman Thomas Pinckney was nominated for Vice President.
Democratic-Republican party nomination
The Democratic-Republicans were sure that they would lose so they nominated Thomas Jefferson as a suicide candidate. Aaron Burr was nominated as VP.
John Adams was the popular incumbent, but some in his party lead by Alexander Hamilton, hoped to elect Charles Cotesworth Pinckney president instead on Adams. This resulted in the Federalist vote being split between Adams, (Thomas) Pinckney, and (Charles Cotesworth) Pinckney, this allowed Jefferson to become vice president.
|Presidential candidate||Party||Home state||Popular vote||Electoral vote|
|John Adams||Federalist||Massachusetts||39,860 (55.3%)||88|
|Thomas Jefferson||Democratic-Republican||Virginia||32,174 (44.7%)||56|
|Aaron Burr||Democratic-Republican||New York||-||54|
|Thomas Pinckney||Federalist||South Carolina||-||54|
|Charles Cotesworth Pinckney||Federalist||South Carolina||-||34|
|George Clinton||Democratic-Republican||New York||-||2|