Federalist candidates President John Adams and Charles Pinckney ran against Democrat-Republicans Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in the election of 1800. What was the unusual result?
Jefferson and Burr tied in the Electoral College. The House of Representatives, charged with deciding the outcome of the election, went through 36 ballots before they elected Jefferson president. Burr became vice president.
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