A misconception found even in some academic literature is that the State of the Union is an orally delivered message presented to a joint session of Congress. With a few exceptions, this has been true in the modern era ca. Wilson believed the presidency was more than an impersonal institution and active and visible presidential leadership was needed by both the people and the Congress. As an expression of this philosophy, Wilson delivered oral messages to Congress, citing the authority of the Constitution.
Campaign[ edit ] While the election was a re-match of the electionit ushered in a new type of American politics, a two-party republic and acrimonious campaigning behind the scenes and through the press. On top of this, the election pitted the "larger than life" Adams and Jefferson, who were former close allies turned political enemies.
Federalists spread rumours that the Democratic-Republicans were radicals who would ruin the country based on the Democratic-Republican support for the French Revolution.
InGeorge Washington had complained "that you could as soon scrub the blackamoor white, as to change the principles of a professed Democrat; and that he will leave nothing unattempted to overturn the Government of this Country".
Hamilton had apparently grown impatient with Adams and wanted a new president who was more receptive to his goals. When Washington announced that he would not seek a third term, Adams was widely recognized by the Federalists as next-in-line.
In his third sabotage attempt toward Adams,  Hamilton quietly schemed to elect Pinckney to the presidency. In several states, this included changing the process of selecting electors to ensure the desired result.
In Georgia, Democratic-Republican legislators replaced the popular vote with selection by the state legislature. Federalist legislators did the same in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This may have had some unintended consequences in Massachusetts, where the makeup of the delegation to the House of Representatives changed from 12 Federalists and 2 Democratic-Republicans to 8 Federalists and 6 Democratic-Republicans, perhaps the result of backlash on the part of the electorate.
Pennsylvania also switched to legislative choice, but this resulted in an almost evenly split set of electors. Virginia switched from electoral districts to winner-take-all, a move that probably switched one or two votes out of the Federalist column.
Voting[ edit ] Results by county explicitly indicating the percentage of the winning candidate in each county. Shades of blue are for Jefferson Democratic-Republican and shades of yellow are for Adams Federalist. Because each state could choose its own election day invoting lasted from April to October.
With the two parties tied 63—63 in the Electoral College in the autumn ofthe last state to vote, South Carolina, chose eight Democratic-Republicans to award the election to Jefferson and Burr. Under the United States Constitution as it then stood, each elector cast two votes, and the candidate with a majority of the votes was elected president, with the vice presidency going to the runner-up.
The Federalists therefore arranged for one of their electors to vote for John Jay rather than for Pinckney. The Democratic-Republicans had a similar plan to have one of their electors cast a vote for another candidate instead of Burr, but failed to execute it, thus all of the Democratic-Republican electors cast their votes for both Jefferson and Burr, 73 in all for each of them.
According to a provision of the United States Constitution, a tie in a case of this type had to be resolved by the House of Representativeswith each state casting one vote.
Although the congressional election of turned over majority control of the House of Representatives to the Democratic-Republicans by 65 seats to 35,  the presidential election had to be decided by the outgoing House that had been elected in the congressional election of at that time, the new presidential and congressional terms all started on March 4 of the year after a national election.
In the outgoing House, the Federalists retained a majority of 90 seats to While it was clear that the electors had cast their votes for Jefferson and Burr, the certificate did not take the constitutionally mandated form of a "List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each".
The counting of the votes would have failed to result in a majority of 70 votes for any of the four candidates, causing a constitutionally mandated Congressional runoff among the top five finishers.
Instead, the total number of votes for Jefferson and Burr was 73, a majority of the total, but a tie between them. Adams picked up votes in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, but these votes were not enough to offset the Democratic-Republican gains elsewhere.
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State of the Union Messages to the Congress are mandated by Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution: "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;".