The Political Experience: Election Results
On election night many believed that Hughes had bested Wilson. Hughes carried most of the Northeast and Michigan by nightfall. Several newspapers, including The Brooklyn Eagle, The New York Times, and The New York World, conceded the election to Hughes in the morning papers. However, the tides turned for Wilson once results came in from the West.
The electoral college hinged on three states: California, New Mexico, and Minnesota. Wilson could win the election by carrying two out of three of these states. New Mexico went for Wilson and Minnesota for Hughes. Wilson received a 3,773 plurality of votes in California, winning its thirteen electoral votes and gaining reelection: the first Democratic president since Andrew Jackson to do so.
The Democrats' capture of the Progressive vote won the election for Wilson. The split of the Republican Old Guard and Progressives resulted in a compromise candidate which neither side could enthusiastically rally around. Hughes received ballots from voters dissatisfied with Wilson, not according to his own merit, and found it difficult to shake a reputation for being cold and out of touch.
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