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The United States United States of 1837 saw the Republicans continue in their control of the White House, thanks in part to President William Henry Harrison's popularity.
Republican party nomination
- Henry Clay, U.S. Senator from Kentucky
- Daniel Webster, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
- Hugh Lawson White, U.S. Vice President from Tennessee
The Republicans were divided over who to choose as their candidate. When they meet in New York City, Webster was the choice of the northern delegates while Clay took the upper south and the west, White was supported by the lower south. In the balloting, Webster and Clay fought for several ballots before John Tyler got the Virginia delegation to switch from Clay to Webster which led to Webster's nomination on the next ballot. Tyler was nominated for vice president to appeal to the south and the supporters of White and Clay.
|Presidential ballot||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||Vice-presidential ballot||1|
|Henry Clay||137||141||139||136||138||135||116||74||John Tyler||305|
|Hugh Lawson White||73||66||64||63||60||59||55||45|
Democrat party nomination
- Thomas Hart Benton, U.S. Senator from Missouri
- James Buchanan, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
- Lewis Cass, U.S. Senator from Michigan
- Robert J. Walker, U.S. Senator from Mississippi
- William L. Marcy, U.S. Senator from New York
The Democrats meet in Baltimore, Maryland. Benton was choice of the western delegates, while Walker was supported by the south and Buchanan by the north-east, Cass and Marcy had little support outside their home-states. Benton won support from Southern and Western delegates and won the nomination on the 10th. ballot. Congressman James K. Polk was nominated for vice-president.
|Presidential ballot||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||Vice-presidential ballot||1|
|Thomas Hart Benton||132||156||172||173||176||167||165||177||210||271||James K. Polk||324|
|Robert J. Walker||82||79||85||78||80||90||92||94||71||17||Abstaining||7|
|William L. Marcy||36||28||4||3||2||7||3||4||6||3|
Webster played off Harrison popularity and was the front-runner with support in both the north and the south. Benton on the other hand, had opponents in both the north and the south and his failure to pick a northern running mate did not help him in states likes New York and Pennsylvania. Webster won a solid victory with the Repulicans keeping the House and Democrats keeping control of the Senate.
|Presidential candidate||Party||Home state||Popular vote||Electoral vote||Running mate||Running mate's home state||Running mate's electoral vote|
|Daniel Webster||Republican||Massachusetts||900,838(52.0%)||228||John Tyler||Virginia||228|
|Thomas Hart Benton||Democrat||Missouri||821,734 (47.5%)||103||James K. Polk||Tennessee||103|