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Glossary Term – Event
The 1860 election revealed how divided the country had become. There were essentially two separate sectional campaigns: one in the North, pitting Abraham Lincoln against Stephen A. Douglas, and one in the South between John C. Breckinridge and John Bell. Only Stephen Douglas mounted a truly national campaign. The Republicans did not campaign in the South and Lincoln’s name did not appear on the ballot in ten states. In the final balloting, Lincoln won only 39.9 percent of the popular vote, but received 180 Electoral College votes, fifty-...