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United States presidential election, 1920 (Cherry, Plum, and Chrysanthemum)

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United States presidential election, 1920
November 2, 1920
William Gibbs McAdoo, formal photo portrait, 1914 Charles Evans Hughes cph.3b15401 Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
Nominee William Gibbs McAdoo Charles Evans Hughes Robert M. La Follette
Party Liberal Republican Progressive
Home state California New York Wisconsin
Running mate A. Mitchell Palmer Calvin Coolidge William Borah
Electoral vote 200 199 14
States carried 18 18 2
President before election
Theodore Roosevelt
The United States presidential election of 1920 was the 34th quadrennial United States presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1920. The Republicans nominated Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes, the Progressives nominated Senator Robert M. La Follette, and the Liberals re-nominated William Gibbs McAdoo. The election proved to be a hard-fought one. Two presidential candidates (Hughes and McAdoo) carried the same number of states (18), with only Electoral College margin one vote (McAdoo 200–Hughes 199).

As there were no any candidates that received a required majority of electors (433), the election was brought to the House of Representatives following the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment. Only Hughes and McAdoo that were admitted as candidates in the House. With a support that thrown by La Follette and the Peace Progressives to Hughes, he was elected president on February 1, 1921 with 21 states on the first ballot despite not winning the plurality of both the popular and electoral votes.

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