5 closest U.S. presidential elections

Published On: Nov 06 2012 10:06:15 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 08 2012 07:45:29 AM EST

Here are five of the closest presidential races in U.S. history since 1840 as compiled by Yahoo!.

George W
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Just as in 1876, the winner of the 2000 popular vote ended up losing the election, and again under controversial circumstances. Only about 500 votes separated Bush and Gore in must-win Florida, and after more than a month of lawsuits, bickering and recounts, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to stop the recounts in Florida and give Bush the win.

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