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In the Election of 1824, how was the final result decided?

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This was the famous "Corrupt Bargain" election.

The final result was decided by the House of Representatives.  They voted for John Adams over either Henry Clay or Andrew Jackson.

The reason that the House of Representatives decided the election is that the Constitution says that the House must do so in any case where no candidate gets more than half of the electoral votes.  The three candidates split in a way that none got a majority, but Jackson got the most votes.

Clay and Adams were believed to have made a deal where Clay's supporters would vote for Adams and Adams would make Clay the Secretary of State.  That is why it is called the "Corrupt Bargain."

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