Lincoln’s 1860 Election

This being the 211th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, I thought it would be interesting to post about how he was elected president in 1860.

In the US Map of the Electoral Votes in 1860 (below) the four candidates for President were:

  • Abraham Lincoln – Republican
  • John C. Breckinridge – Democratic
  • John Bell – Constitutional Union
  • Stephen A. Douglas – Democratic

Lincoln won the election with a total of 180 electoral votes and a popular vote of 1,866,452. Breckinridge was second with 72 EC and 847,953 popular, Bell was third with 39 EC and 592,906 popular. Last but not least (look at the popular vote) was Steven Douglas with 12 EV and 1,382,713 popular. It’s interesting that Douglas and Breckinridge were both Democrats but even if their Electoral votes were to be combined they still would not have defeated Lincoln. Their combined poplar votes, however were over 364 thousand greater than Lincoln’s.

Note how the demographics and population shift have switched this old map around over the last 160 years. If only Kalifornistan were a red state today with their current 55 Electoral Votes.


Map Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ElectoralCollege1860.svg. Click on the image to enlarge.

1860 Election

The United States presidential election of 1860 set the stage for the American Civil War. The nation had been divided throughout most of the 1850s on questions of states’ rights and slavery in the territories. In 1860, this issue finally came to a head, fracturing the formerly dominant Democratic Party into Southern and Northern factions and bringing Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party to power without the support of a single Southern state.

Hardly more than a month following Lincoln’s victory came declarations of secession by South Carolina and other states, which were rejected as illegal by the then-current President, James Buchanan and President-elect Abraham Lincoln.

Sign the Petition


The above screenshot from THE WAR ON GUNS is from a post acknowledging Arizona Citizens Defense League’s endorsement of an effort to call the Whitehouse’s attention to an egregious error in the on-line description of the Second Amendment. A petition has been created to call for a change to correct the wording about how 2A doesn’t ‘give’ our inherent rights to arms. AzCDL points out the error shown below. This was likely put on line by the Obamination whose deep state remnants still contaminate the current administration.


Since this is an easy fix that can be done by an aide in a few seconds, David has set up a White House petition to call their attention to this oversight. 97,658 signatures are required by July 27 to get a response from the White House. To add your signature, click on the link below.


Please sign the electronic petition and please pass it on to others you know who will do the same.

Who’s the Wacko?

I like Ramirez’ characterization of McCain as a chameleon – perpetually changing his colors . . .


As an Arizona resident, I am truly embarrassed by our senators – especially the senior senator, McCain.

Click on the image to (slightly) enlarge.

Keep The Change

Keep The Change

As should be painfully obvious, an awful lot of people pulled the lever for Obama in 2008 because they were tired of Republicans; because they were bored by the wars; because they didn’t like McCain or Palin, or both; because Obama seemed optimistic and reasonable; because the financial crisis hit in September; because they didn’t listen to a word the Democratic candidate said but were nonetheless convinced by the vapid ‘hope and change’ stuff and the (always empty) promise to rise above ‘politics’; and, yes, because he was black. … One of Obama’s biggest mistakes — perhaps his biggest mistake — was to conclude that he had a mandate for his brand of progressive change. He did not. The Obama campaign was always, in fact was deliberately, divorced from his politics. A smarter, less egotistical man would have realized as much. Obama did not. … [T]he Left likes to explain away the failure of the last four years with vague charges of ‘Republican obstructionism,’ but this explains neither the continuing liability of the still-unpopular Obamacare nor the real damage to himself that the president did while he enjoyed majorities in both the House and the Senate. Republican ‘obstructionism,’ remember, was only made possible by the 2010 ‘shellacking,’ which was the product of the Democrats’ running riot for two years.

–columnist Charles C. W. Cooke

Via The Patriot Post

Second Debate Preparation

Second Debate Preparation

Al Gore scored [the first presidential] debate and blamed Barack Obama’s poor performance on Denver’s altitude. The president didn’t think the altitude would be much of a problem. Back when he was in college he got some of his best test scores while he was high. — Argus Hamilton

Don’t forget to view the “UH” counter video here. Can he break his record?

Hat tip The Patriot Post.