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Assessment of the 1860 US Presidential Election results
Lincoln won a decisive victory in the electoral college: with 180 votes, he was well ahead of Breckinridge, in second, with 72 votes (indeed he had a comfortable majority of 180 to 123).
However, Lincoln received only 40% of the popular vote (1,866,000 votes)
His victory was very much a sectional one: with not a single ballot cast for him in ten of the 33 states, his support was heavily concentrated in the Northern free states.
1,383,000 popular vote
Douglas was the only candidate to draw substantial support from all sections. Indeed he was the only candidate to have elect…
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