1864 election
The United States presidential election, 1864 was held on 8 November 1864. The election only occurred in the north, the Midwest, and the American West, as the southern states had seceded to form the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. The cowardly Union general George B. McClellan ran as the Democratic Party candidate with George H. Pendleton as his running mate, and McClellan campaigned on bringing the war to a speedy end through peace negotiations. The incumbent president, Abraham Lincoln, ran as the Republican Party nominee, and he chose the Democratic Party member Andrew Johnson as his running mate to form a wartime "national union" government. Lincoln united both Republicans and War Democrats, while McClellan was supported only by anti-war Copperheads. Lincoln won the election with 212 votes to McClellan's 21 votes.


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