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Were there large scale protests after earlier presidential elections in the US?

You could call this a 'large scale protest'. Following the Presidential election held on 6 November 1860, I assume once the votes were counted and reported by telegraph it was known by 7 or 8 November ...
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Was Nixon's Vietnam claim right before the 1968 election true?

Unless a particular Air Force General 'fesses up in an autobiography, the first question is unanswerable. On the second question, absolutely that was happening. It had been happening for years, ...
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Were there large scale protests after earlier presidential elections in the US?

I don't recall hearing about protests after Obama's election, or inauguration. George W Bush's election took until December 12th to become definite because of the lawsuits over the Florida voting ...
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Why is there a difference in ordinal numbers of UK General Elections and Parliaments? Was a UK Parliament ever formed without an election?

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was created in 1801, by the merger of the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland under the Acts of Union. The previous Parliament (the last Parliament of ...
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Did Wilson's 'He kept us out of war' really win the 1916 Presidential Election?

Wilson's election was about a generation before scientific polling, so we don't and probably can't ever really know that. However, it was a fact that he ran hard on that issue. Its also a fact that, ...
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Were there any elections under the Vichy regime?

As per the decree law of 16 November 1940, elections were only allowed for the "smallest communes". This law was published in the Journal Officiel 12 December 12, 1940 and ...provided for the ...
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Have primary voters in US overseas territories or their delegates ever had a noteworthy influence in any primary election or convention?

Yes and no. I'd say mostly no. One thing you should realize on questions about primaries is that the primary system itself is very new. Up until about the 1970's, state primaries and caucuses were ...
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In the election of 1800, why did Burr end up with as many electoral votes as Jefferson, rather than one fewer?

Just Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale You may or may not be old enough to remember the animated Saturday Morning reboot of Gilligan's Island. One episode of the show had the 7 castaways holding ...
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Has there ever been a US election that flipped as many state seats as the 2010 midterm elections?

Federal Election Results According to The American Presidency Project, the 2010 midterm election holds 2nd place in having flipped the most U.S. House and U.S. Senate seats. By position, the top ...
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Was Nixon's Vietnam claim right before the 1968 election true?

Wikipedia suggest the yearly trail capacity in 1968 was between 10000 (1964) tons, 81000 (1968 reserved offensive supplies) tons and 40000 (end 1970) tons. It usefully doesn’t specify which ton. The ...
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How did encasillado work?

Here are a couple of descriptions from academic sources. To put it very simply, it all boils down to a classic case of corruption and patronage. It's not necessarily the case that the system gave &...
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Was the 14th Amendment ever enforced against a Confederate veteran?

Q: Was this ever enforced against a Confederate veteran? Section 14 of the Enforcement Act (see below) was used to remove some from office, Such removal was without penalty. Q: Did any court ever rule ...
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Was Hitler ever a member of the Reichstag?

I searched the internet, and found no reference to Hitler's being a Reichstag deputy or sponsoring legislation up to 1933. This tallies with my personal recollection of no such activity. A commenter ...
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Were UK Parliamentary constituencies ever altered before 1832?

Until the seventeenth century there were frequent alterations, but almost all for new places to be enfranchised, which I suspect isn't the sort of change you're thinking of. If you go back long ...
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Were there any local or regional elections in Nazi Germany?

Under the terms of the Enabling Act of 1933 the Reichstag on March 31, 1933, passed the First Gleichschaltung [Synchronization] Law which: [D]issolved the diets of all Länder (except the recently ...
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In multimember constituencies of the House of Commons, how many votes did each voter have?

I am not going to try and answer for the earlier periods (at least not just now - writing this from the train...) Prior to the Reform Acts, properly contested elections were of course less common. By ...
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Origin of French electoral tie-breaking mechanism (oldest candidate wins)

Expanding on my two earlier comments, the last archive link you posted offers the explanation on pages 344-345. Loosely summarized: Regnault proposed a motion to introduce the tie breaking mechanism, ...
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Why was Truman considered a heavy underdog in the 1948 election?

I know someone will complain that I do not cite sources but I am running out of time to type this and the following are easily verifiable by internet search Truman was the Democratic party candidate ...
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Who conducted the first "straw poll" in U.S. election politics, and when was it conducted?

It seems that the confusion in this case stems from a bad edit to the Wikipedia page on 18 June 2015 where the name of the newspaper that conducted the first poll was changed from the Harrisburg ...
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Have there been situations in US history or other countries, where a 2 person election will elect A, but by adding a third person, B is elected?

Yes, and with some frequency. It's widely accepted that the 1912, 1992, and 2000 Presidential elections saw this occurrence: In 1912, Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party split the Republican vote, allowing ...
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Was Hitler ever a member of the Reichstag?

Not till 1933. Germany Wikipedia has lists of all Reichstag members; Hitler only became a member in 1933 after he was already chancellor. In the Weimar Republic the chancellor didn't have to be a ...
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In the 19th century, what brought on a general election in the United Kingdom?

Parliament's key power then (and now) was to control the supply - i.e., the amount of money raised from taxation that went to the Crown. If the Crown (i.e., the government) could not get Parliament to ...
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When else has an incumbent president alleged election fraud by a challenger?

Wikipedia has a list of annulled elections and the 1993 election in Nigeria seems to fit your question reasonably well. Another example seems to be Myanmar in 1990. Afghanistan actually has a ...
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When was the last time (if ever) an elector was faithless in US presidential elections?

For completeness: In the 2016 election there were seven faithless electors, which is the highest number since 1872. Quoting electoral-vote.com, Dec 20: Five Clinton electors defected, with one ...
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How much would votes sell for in early America?

In the 1980's, in Duval County, Texas, a 50 dollar food stamp voucher was the bounty if you voted "correctly" in a local election. I only know this because a co-worker's aunt was busted, along ...
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Which immigrants became elected officials in an acquired language?

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a native German speaker from Austria and a naturalized US citizen who became Governor of California. Wikipedia indicates that his grasp of English was quite weak in childhood. ...
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In the 19th century, what brought on a general election in the United Kingdom?

The existing answers provide an excellent background to the political situation in the nineteenth century. I will try to answer the specific points raised in the question. Before I begin, I would ...
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Was there really a Communist presidential nominee or political party in the 1876 election?

The term 'communist' is actually pretty old, here is an example of it being used in a 1777 philosophical book. Karl Marx was developing his ideas in the early/mid 1800's, and the English Communist ...
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How did the election of one-third of Senators every two years stay in sync with addition of new states?

so were there some Senators who took truncated terms? Yes, that's exactly how it was done. For example Vermont elected its first two Senators in 1791. One Senator was up for re-election in 1794 (...
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Were there any natural disasters that decisively changed the result of a later election by killing the electorate of one side?

Katrina had a huge electoral impact. It wasn't the death so much as it was the evacuation. For a while in the immediate wake of the storm the city was simply not safe to live in. However, a ...
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