|The election of 1812 was the first war time election of a President. It began a tradition that has continued in reelecting war time Presidents. The war, had begun a month after Madison was renominated. While the war was largely popular there were many who either opposed the war or, opposed how it ws being prosecutied.
Dewitt Clinton of New York was selected to run against Madison by the Federalist. He hoped to defeat Madison by both attacking both for getting the United States into war at the same time for not figthing it vigorously enough. He also hoped to win support of those wishing someone other then a Virginian be President. Former President Adams was so disgusted by what he thought was a two faced campaign by the Federalist that he established a committee in his home town of Quincy- Federalist for Madison. The results of the election showed that whatever qualms country might have had about the prosecution of the war they were not willing to change leaders in the middle of a war. Madison was reelected by a comfotable majority.