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1860 Presidential Election Interactive Map

152 electoral votes to win
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Lincoln Breckinridge Bell Douglas Undecided 3P

Split Votes

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1860 Actual Election Results

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Abraham Lincoln Republican 180 1,866,452
John C. Breckinridge Democratic 72 847,953
John Bell Constitutional Union 39 592,906
Stephen A. Douglas Democratic 12 1,382,713

1860 Election Facts

  • Welcome: Minnesota and Oregon become states during this election cycle
  • Original 13 States control fewer than 50% of total Electoral Votes for first time
  • Lincoln received only about 40% of the popular vote in a divided nation on the brink of Civil War
  • New Jersey: Douglas won the popular vote on a Fusion slate comprised of 3 of his electors and 2 each for Breckinridge and Bell. Apparently - the history is a bit murky - some voters received a ballot with seven Douglas electors, taking votes from the Breckinridge/Bell electors. Bottom line - the 3 Douglas electors on the Fusion slate received the most votes, while the most votes for the four remaining spots went to Lincoln's electors.
  • Issues of the Day: Slavery (Dred Scott decision, Secession)