However, the vile Republicans decided to change the votes of the three states they still controlled by throwing away Democratic votes! Liberal Republicans had four policy priorities that explain much about the nature of the campaign: Complete cessation of federal intervention in the South to protect black voters and bolster up Republican state administrations, which most northerners by regarded as corrupt Resumption of payment in gold specie on the paper money national banknotes and legal tender greenbacks issued during the Civil War, a priority supported by most leaders in the Northeast, Republican as well as Democrat  A draconian retrenchment of government expenditures and tax rates at all levels of the federal system Honesty in government to be achieved by an abolition of partisan control over appointive government positions and the implementation of impartial civil service exams Democrats seemed to hold trump cards on almost all these issues.
Tildenwho had established an enviable record as the reform-minded governor of New York. Statesmanship is all about assigning the best at command and reaching popular contentment' Ladenburg Restoration of White Rule to the South The president was in a quandary about whether to dispatch troops to South Carolina due to the fact that was now a presidential election year.
An informal deal was struck to resolve the dispute: the Compromise ofwhich awarded all 20 electoral votes to Hayes. In Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, each party reported its candidate had won the state, while in Oregon one elector was replaced after being declared illegal for being an "elected or appointed official".
It was more concerned about the parties of Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens' loyalty to their principles and if Republicans would desert Freedmen for forming a coalition with their previous possessors.
We remember though, not because of the presidential campaign, but because of the inconclusive vote. Federal troops were still there to enforce those legal guarantees and to defend the many African-Americans who had been elected to office.
But with the passage of time, congress was less than enthusiastic and willing to safeguard the rights promised to Freedman as per the 14th amendment. Enough of the Liberals returned to the Republican fold in to allow Republicans to carry eighteen of the twenty-two northern states. Conversely, Tilden would be elected if he captured just one of those 20 electoral votes.