(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Oct. 15, 2012) - - - Political pundits are expecting a close race in the presidential election of 2012. It is possible that the election could become history’s next big cliffhanger. On Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m., Columbia State Community College’s history department presents, “Presidential Election Cliffhangers,” in the Ledbetter Auditorium.
Professors Greg Mewbourn, James Senefeld, Jan de la Mer, and Barry Gidcomb will discuss the cliffhanger presidential elections in the nation’s history that include Thomas Jefferson’s election of 1800 and John Quincy Adams’ bid in 1824 which became the first elections to be decided in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rutherford B. Hayes became the first election decided by the Electoral College in 1876 when he lost the popular election but won the presidency. This happened again in 2000 when George W. Bush won the election over popular vote-getter, Al Gore.
John F. Kennedy’s race against Richard Nixon was a virtual tie, with the Electoral College again deciding the presidency, electing Kennedy despite Nixon’s wins in the majority of states.
The lecture is free and open to the public. The Ledbetter Auditorium is in the Frank G. Clement building on the Columbia campus.
Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.