The 1810 United States Presidential Election saw incumbent President James Madison running for re-election against former New York Senator Rufus King.
Democratic-Republican party nomination
- James Madison, President of the United State from Virginia
President Madison was renominated without opposition. However, there was a battle as to who Madison's running mate should be. The four leading candidates were; former NYC Mayor DeWitt Clinton, New Hampshire Governor John Langdon, Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry, and U.S. Minister to Russia John Quincy Adams. Langdon and Clinton were seen as front-runners, with Gerry and Adams as possibe compromise choices. In the balloting, Clinton and Langdon held the lead until deadlock forced the caucus to choose Gerry.
1810 Democratic-Republican Caucus
|Presidential ballot||1||Vice-presidential ballot||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|James Madison||89||John Langdon||37||39||34||29||15||5|
|John Quincy Adams||6||3||3||1||0||0|
Federalist party nomination
- Rufus King, former U.S. senator and 1807 and 1810 vice-presidential nominee from New York
The Federalists hoped to use the British confisaction of American ships as a campaign issue. So they nominated former NY Senator and 04' & 07' VP nominee Rufus King for president. Former North carolina Governor William Davie was nominated for vice president.
In spite of problems with Britain, Madison and his party maintained control of the government.
|Presidential candidate||Party||Home state||Popular vote||Electoral vote||Running mate||Running mate's home state||Running mate's electoral vote|
|James Madison||Democratic-Republican||Virginia||170,908 (53.6%)||123||Elbridge Gerry||Massachusetts||123|
|Rufus King||Federalist||New York||157,964 (46.4%)||92||William Davie||North Carolina||92|