Presidential elections usually go smoothly once the votes are in, but sometimes they don’t.
In 1860, Southern states wouldn’t accept Abraham Lincoln as their president. Eventually, these states left the Union and the Civil War was fought. To this day, 1860 remains the most extreme example of a crisis that occurs when a large group of people won’t to accept the winner of the presidential election.
In 1960, the presidential election between Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat John F. Kennedy was challenged by many Republicans who thought Kennedy had won because of election fraud. Kennedy was declared the winner, as Nixon admitted defeat.
The 2000 presidential election between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore had a dispute with the vote count. The main problem was in Florida, a swing state, whose winner would decide the election.
The Gore campaign wanted to recount the votes, which the Bush campaign fought against. After Bush was finally declared Florida’s winner, Gore once again fought the results. The Supreme Court eventually had to rule. They stopped the count, and Bush was declared the winner.
Many Americans believe that a Supreme Court case may once again decide the winner of the presidential election. The 2020 election results have a lot of confusion, but America has faced this kind of situation before.