Republican candidate, Rutherford Hayes, and Democratic candidate, Samuel Tilden, were involved in a controversial presidential election. The three states still ruled by Reconstruction governments, Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana, became vital as the returns started coming in. Tilden led in key northern states, and seemed headed for the White House, however, Hayes would win in those three states by a single electoral vote, meaning he won the election. Since the Constitution does not provide for this particular situation, Congress appointed an electoral commission to settle the question. The commission voted 8 to 7 in favor of Hayes, and while the Democrats in the House delayed the final count, Hayes was eventually inaugurated on schedule.