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Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
31-Aug-07 - 08:31 PM
Thread Name: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
Subject: RE: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
By the way, regarding the 1860 election, Lincoln's name was not even on the ballot in nine southern states. But if Virginia, the only southern state where his name was on the ballot, was any indication, it probably wouldn't have made much difference since he only received 1.1% of the vote there.

Also by the way, I was having a hard time figuring out why South Carolina wasn't included on the table for the 1860 election. Yes, South Carolina was the first southern state to secede from the union, but that didn't happen until after the election. Then I realized that while secession ocurred after the popular election, it occurred before the Electoral College convened and, that's when the "real" election occurs.