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The free soil movement took votes away from both the whigs and the democrats in the elections of 1856 and 1860. The Kansas-Nebraska act of 1854 along with the break up of the democratic and whig parties as well as presidential candidate lincoln brought success to the newly formed Republican Party
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John C. Fremont was the Republican candidate in this new party's first effort at running a national campaign.
The Republicans were willing to allow slavery to exist in the southern states if its expansion was stopped
they were able to win decisively in the North.
The turned to Abraham Lincoln, who had gained a national reputation during his earlier debates with Douglas
It was the first election in which the Republicans ran a national presidential candidate. They lost, but did pretty well and won four years later.
The three parties in the election of 1856 were Democratic, Republican, and American (Know-Nothing). The Democratic candidate was James Buchanan who won the election. The Rep…ublican candidate was John C. Fremont who came in second. And the American (Know-Nothing) candidate was Millard Fillmore who came in third.
John C. Fremont, Western explorer, was the first Republican candidate in 1856.
The votes that the Republicans got in 1856 indicated that they were becoming a major party that might replace the Whigs.
The 1856 Republican Nominee for U. S. President, the first Republican Presidential Nominee, was John C. Fremont. The Republicans were a new party in 1856 and could not compete… with the well-established Democratic Party organization. The Democrats won 45% of the popular vote and carried 19 states. The Republicans won 33% and carried 14 states, all in the North. There was also a competing third-party, the "Know-Nothings" who got 21.6% of the popular vote and actually carried Maryland.
What did some Southern leaders threaten to do if the Republican Party won the presidential election of 1860?
Souther leaders threatened to secede from the US and form their own country. They kept their threat and this eventually led to the US Civil War.
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The convention was the first one related to national issues, as the Party was so new.