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Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr, Jefferson's running mate

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Thomas Jefferson Won the Election and the Presidency
February 17, 1801

When Thomas Jefferson ran for president, he beat his opponent, John Adams, but he tied with his running mate, Aaron Burr. So, who was to be the president and who was to be the vice president? It was up to the House of Representatives to decide, and most of the congressmen did not like the idea of voting for Jefferson. He wasn't even a member of the same political party as they were. Jefferson and Burr campaigned against each other for six days. Finally, Thomas Jefferson won the support of Congress and became the third president of the United States. Burr, as a result, became vice president.

Congress decided to establish a process so they wouldn't have to make that decision again.

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