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1888 Flag of the United States 1896
United States presidential election, 1892
November 8, 1892
John Wilkes Booth James Blaine
Nominee John Wilkes Booth James G. Blaine
Party Nationalist Democratic
Home state Maryland Pennsylvania
Running mate Charles Foster Levi P. Morton
Electoral vote 230 221
States carried 26 17
United States presidential election, 1892 (Nelson's Death)
Red denotes states won by Booth/Foster, while Blue denotes states won by Blaine/Morton.
President before election
John Wilkes Booth
Nationalist
The United States presidential election of 1892 was the 27th quadrennial United States presidential election, held on November 8, 1892 and pitted incumbent, President John Wilkes Booth of the Nationalist Party against Governor James G. Blaine of Aroostook. Booth won the election by a narrow margin in both the polls and the electoral college with 230 electoral votes, carrying 26 states, and managed to gain a narrow popular vote over Blaine.

Background

Following the election of 1888, President Booth had gained large popularity across the United States, especially in the southern and midwestern United States. Booth had a 39.9% popularity in the New England region of the United States, which includes the "battleground states" of Pennsylvania and New York. The western states of Oregon and Washington were also very skeptical of Booth's plan, but had a 56.8% popularity in the western states, which he had hope would be easy to gain in the 1892 election. However, Booth's national approval rating was 35.6%, which was lowest since he was inaugurated, which was at 67.9% of the population. He needed a war to get his popularity over 50% and thus moved the USS Aroostook from Puget Sound in Washington to the coast of Russian America. However, when the mysterious explosion sunk the Aroostook an entire nation cried for war. Booth, seeing this as a way to boost his popularity, pressures Congress into declaring war against the Russian Empire.

Nomination

Nationalist Party

Democratic Party

Result

President Booth won an narrow victory over Blaine, earning 230 electoral votes and carried 26 states, including Blaine's home state of Pennsylvania. Baine received 221 electoral votes and carried 17 states, including Booth's home state of Maryland. The 1892 election would be the only election in which each candidate carried the opposition's home state. The reelection of President Booth also allowed for the Nationalist Party to gain more seats in the House of Representatives and Senate.

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