Electoral College Decides Presidency

1888

In another contested presidential election, incumbent Grover Cleveland, the first Democrat elected president since before the Civil War, wins the popular vote by 90,596 votes (out of 11,383,320 cast). But he loses the Electoral College vote to Republican Benjamin Harrison: 233 electoral votes to 168. This is the third time since the founding of the country that the candidate with a majority of the popular vote loses the election. Cleveland will come back to challenge and defeat Harrison in 1892.