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The Election of 1864 took place in the midst of the Civil War a time when our country was in a crisis that could change the future drastically Abraham Lincoln had just finished his previous term as president and had been unanimously nominated as the Republicans candidate for president In spite of this Lincoln had doubts that he would succeed in winning re-election Lincoln was strongly anti-slavery and wanted for the Civil War to be fought out successfully in order to end this crisis correctly He wished that the victor would then help the looser recover The other candidate George McClellan wanted the war to end immediately unfinished and was not strongly opposed to slavery The future of America depended on which man was elected If McClellan had been elected America could possibly today still be two countries in which slavery was still practiced wwwfreerepubliccom Although neither candidate campaigned aggressively it was still a semi-typical election campaign wwwriponedu Lincoln won this election with 212 electoral votes over McClellans 21 Although Lincoln badly beat McClellan as far as electoral votes were concerned McClellan received 45 of the popular vote compared to Lincolns 55--- that is not a very big difference wwwsddtcom It is extraordinarily narrow considering the changes that would have taken place if those were electoral votes In my opinion Abraham Lincoln won this election because the Union started doing better in the war It seems that what had the most effect on who was to be elected was determined by which side was doing better in the war As I previously stated neither candidate campaigned aggressively the only information that is available on the campaigning done for this election states that the campaigns were ugly Lincolns campaign labeled McClellan a traitor and McClellans campaign similarly labeled Lincoln a tyrant wwwriponedu Another factor that contributed to the victory of Lincoln was the popularity earned by his previously served term as president He had built up
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