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Lincoln won the election in 1860 with only 39% of the popular vote because he received the majority of the electoral vote. The US uses an indirect method to elect the President-- the popular vote does not decide the election. Lincoln was one of four candidates for president, and he had the most votes of the four.

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In the 1860 US presidential election there were four candidates. Due to the split in voting for one of four candidates, Abraham Lincoln won with less than 40% of the popular vote. He won based on the Electoral College votes.

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What percentage of the vote in the 1860 election did Abraham Lincoln receive?

Lincoln received just under 40 percent of the popular vote in the 1860 presidential election.


The election of 1860 had four candidates which resulted in?

Lincoln winning the presidency with only 40 percent of the popular vote


How many popular votes did Lincoln get in 1860?

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What was the approximate percentage of the popular votes won by Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election?

Nationwide except for South Carolina, which was not yet using popular vote as its method for elector selection, Abraham Lincoln's total of popular votes in 1860 was about 39.65% of votes cast. He is the only person known to have received a majority of electoral votes with less than 40% of the nationwide popular votes.Abraham Lincoln received just under forty percent of the popular vote in the 1860 US presidential election.


In the election of 1860 Lincoln won of the popular vote?

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How did how Abraham Lincoln win the presidency in 1860 with only 40 percent of the nation's popular vote?

There were three other candidates in 1860 who all had less than 40 percent of the votes. The popular vote doesn't even determine who becomes president, the electoral college does. Lincoln received more electoral votes than the other 3 candidates combined.


What were the results of the election of 1860?

Abraham Lincoln won the election, but only received 40 percent of the popular vote. The interesting fact was between Douglas and Breckinridge both were democrats and combined had a 47 percent popular vote but since both were democtrats that's why a democrat failed to win the election of 1860.


What percent of the electoral college vote did Lincoln get?

59.4% in 1860 and 90.6% in 1864


Did Lincoln win the 1860 presidential election with 60 percent of the votes?

Abraham Lincoln received 59.41% of the electoral votes in the 1860 U. S. Presidential election.


Abraham Lincoln Electorial Votes?

When Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th US President, on November 6, 1860, He received 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote.


Did Abraham Lincoln win popular vote?

Abraham Lincoln received 40% of the popular vote, in the 1860, Presidential election. So, no he did not win the popular vote.


Which president only won thirty-two percent of the popular vote?

None. John Q. Adams had the lowest percentage of popular vote in 1824 with 30.9%. Second lowest President in the popular vote category was Abraham Lincoln in 1860 with 39.8%.

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