Adams really did not have much of chance in 1828 against
Jackson. Adams was elected by the House
in 1824 even though he came in second to Andrew Jackson in both electoral and
popular vote. The power base in the country had shifted. The population had continued to shift towards
to West, so he had a larger political base .
Moreover, Jackson was an attractive public personality. He
was a national hero as commanding general at the Battle of New Orleans People
in the western US found him more easy to identify with that the pompous
Furthermore, With the help of some able supporters, Jackson
had set up an effective political machine since his defeat in 1824. Newspapers that favored him had kept up a
constant barrage of criticism of Adams. Also Jackson went to Washington as a US Senator and had some first-hand influence
there which he did not have in 1824.