At the time, the 2016 presidential election often felt like the last 10 minutes of a slasher movie. America thought the strange figure slaughtering everything in its path would probably be defeated by the plucky final girl with the bob. Then it got weirder. But not quite as weird as some of the most insane election cycles in US history. It may not seem possible, but there have been many tough-to-explain elections, and at least one of them ended with a candidate being murdered in front of multiple witnesses. Keep reading to find out about the nastiest elections ever.
Most of the craziest US elections happened in the 19th century, before extensive voting reform happened, when it was easy to suppress votes in radical ways. But that doesn’t mean the 20th century didn’t play host to some of the weirdest elections ever. We’re willing to be the phrase “hanging chad” still sends a chill down many spines. Continue reading to see if your candidate took part in any of nastiest US elections, and remember – your vote counts (unless you’re voting for the Whig party).
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