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Although Thomas Jefferson actually tied his Vice Presidential candidate Aaron Burr in the 1800 election, he only became president after
a run-off election held in December 1800.
the House of Representatives voted for him over Burr.
the Supreme Court chose Jefferson.
the Electoral College heeded Burr's request that Jefferson be named president.
a few Southern states demanded Jefferson be named President out of fear that Burr, from the North, would push anti-slavery legislation.