Mapping Early American Elections


1st Congress: Delaware 1789

Delaware elected a Federalist to the First Congress.

Delaware used a state-wide at-large system to elect members of Congress. Voters cast two votes in the election. The first had to be for a candidate from their home county and the second for a candidate from a different county.

District Candidate Party Vote Percentage Elected
At-large John Vining Federalist 898 43.6%
At-large Rhoads Shankland 491 23.8%
At-large Gunning Bedford, Jr. 308 15%
At-large Joshua Clayton Federalist 272 13.2%

In most cases, only candidates who received more than 5 percent of the vote in a district are reported. Other candidates are reported as a group, but only if they in aggregate received more than 5 percent of the vote. In addition, percentages for each district may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.

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