Not Exactly a Landslide

1861

The Presidential election of 1860 was a four-way race among Republican Abraham Lincoln, Democrats Stephen A. Douglas and John Breckinridge, and Constitutional Union party nominee John A. Bell. Lincoln won only 40 percent of the popular vote. But as this list shows, he won 180 out of 303 electoral votes, including most of the North. Douglas came in second, but garnered only 12 electoral votes.


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