5 closest U.S. presidential elections

POSTED: 07:06 AM PST Nov 06, 2012    UPDATED: 04:45 AM PST Nov 08, 2012 

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

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Clay, a Whig candidate, ended up losing New York by just 5,000 votes, mostly because of a third party candidate opposed to the annexation of Texas due to the expansion of slavery that would follow. If Clay had remained opposed to the annexation, he might have won the state, which would have handed him the election as well.

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