For a few weeks following the 1876 election, Florida’s role in national affairs was greater than the state’s four electoral votes would normally warrant. With the presidency depending on one electoral vote and the Florida election in doubt, both the Democratic and Republican parties concentrated attention on the electoral count in Tallahassee. The activities of influential “visiting statesmen” representing the national parties affected the decision of the state canvassing board and caused temporary excitement in Florida. After their departure and the ultimate resolution of the election dispute, political affairs in the state returned to normal with little permanent influence from the visitors or the events surrounding their visit.
Shofner, Jerrell H.
"Florida in the Balance: The Electoral Count of 1876,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 47
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol47/iss2/4