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The Whig party won the election in 1840 because Democratic President Van Buren was blamed for the way he handled the Panic of 1837 and for his continuation of Jackson's Indian removal policy. The economy was still shaky in 1840 and VanBuren was tied to the old administration. Also he was a New Yorker and did not relate well to the frontier farmers. The Whigs portrayed him as a corrupt aristocrat.

The Whigs portrayed Harrison , who had a record as an Indian fighter and had lived on the frontier, as a new version of Andrew Jackson. (They ignored the fact that his father was an aristocrat from Virginia and had signed the Declaration of Independence)

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1. Run three Whig candidates (White in Tennessee, Harrison in mid-Atlantic and west, Webster in Massachusetts, New England)

2. No candidate would receive enough electoral votes so it would be decided by the U.S. House. Whig controlled House would choose a Whig candidate

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In 1836, the Whigs thought they could win the election of 1836 by submitting four different candidates. Their strategy was that the Whig candidates would beat Van Buren, and then it would be left up to the House of Representatives to decide which Whig candidate would be president. The strategy failed since Van Buren had decisive wins both by popular as well as electoral votes.

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The Whig Party had more than one person that was running for president. They hoped by having more than one candidate that their party would win the election.

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The Whigs won the presidential election of 1840 by running a candidate that appealed to the common man. Their Candidate was a war veteran and popular leader in William Harrison.

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The Whigs united against the weakend Van Buren to stand behind William harrison. but the awnser is: they stood behind William Henry Harrison, who won by a landslide.

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The Whigs organized a big campaign that portrayed the opposing candidate as a corrupt aristocrat.

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