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OfficePresident
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1868 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 03, 1868 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close November 03, 1868 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start March 04, 1869 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1873 - 12:00pm
Turnout 20.82% Total Population
ContributorRP
Last ModifiedChronicler June 10, 2006 08:42pm
Data SourcesPresidential Elections Since 1789, p. 91.
Description
Review of the Nominations

For the last time in American history, only two parties contested a presidential election. The incumbent President, Andrew Johnson, had rejected the Republican Party and was rejected by the Democratic Party. To replace him, the Republicans offered Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant; the Democrats offered Governor Horatio Seymour of New York.

The Campaign

The mudslinging began early in the campaign. Democratic news outlets accused Grant of stealing a set of silverware from the widow of a Union soldier. They accused him of being a drunkard and anti-Semitic. Grant had only voted once in his life; in 1856, he voted for Buchanan because he knew Fremont and was certain that Fremont was unfit for the presidency. Republican newspapers dug up a news article from 1863 in which Seymour addressed a group of draft rioters as “my friends.” They insinuated that Seymour might have a mental disease because of “hereditary insanity” in his family. Republicans also criticized Blair’s lavish spending. On one trip in Hartford CT, Blair spent $10 for one night in a hotel room and an additional $65 for liquor.

The latter stages of the campaign has been compared to a political Civil War. The Republicans had a single message for all voters: blacks must have the right to vote in order to ensure that the Civil War not be overturned. In contrast, the Democrats had separate messages in the North and the South. In the South, the

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyNational Union Won11/08/1864
NameAbraham Lincoln Votes2,218,388 (55.02%)
Term03/04/1865 - 03/04/1869 Margin405,581 (+10.06%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/05/1872
NameUlysses S. Grant Votes3,598,235 (55.72%)
Term03/04/1873 - 03/04/1877 Margin763,474 (+11.82%)
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PartyRepublican Democratic Independent  
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Uncertified Votes3,013,650 (52.66%) 2,708,744 (47.34%) 46 (0.00%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -304,906 (-5.33%) -3,013,604 (-52.66%)  
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