U.S. presidential election, 1789President: George Washington (no party affiliation) Main Opponent: John Adams (no party affiliation) Electoral Main Total/Majority: Vote: Winner: 69 Opponent: 3469/35 Popular Vote: no record John Jay (9), Robert H. Harrison (6), John Votes for Rutledge (6), John Hancock (4), George Others: Clinton (3), Samuel Huntington (2), John Milton (2), James Armstrong (1), Benjamin Lincoln (1), Edward Telfair (1) Vice President: John Adams 1789, 1792, Other 1796, 1800, elections 1804, 1808, 1812 Source: U.S. Office of the Federal Register Notes: Each voting elector cast one of his two votes for Washington. New York failed to appoint its allotted eight electors in time and cast no electoral votes. North Carolina and Rhode Island did not vote because they had not yet ratified the Constitution. For all intents and purposes, Washington was unopposed for election as President. Under the system then in place, votes for Vice President were not differentiated from votes for President. The runner-up for President became the Vice-President, regardless of political similarities or differences from the President.