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« on: August 31, 2017, 12:15:01 pm »
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There seems to be a lot of them in PA and CT.  I understand that people of all political ideologies live in all parts of the country, but it's a little surprising how many people in the North voted for Breckinridge in 1860.  Why didn't they just vote for Douglas?
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 01:10:39 pm »
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Why was the democratic party so much stronger in CT than MA back then?
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 01:39:10 pm »
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Why was the democratic party so much stronger in CT than MA back then?

My guess is that CT was a smaller state and you had the influx of Irish immigrants migrating New York already making up a larger percentage of the population.
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2017, 02:18:10 pm »
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He almost won Oregon because his running mate was from there.  California was a close three-way race between Lincoln, Douglas, and Breckinridge since there was a lot of Southern sympathy in the Golden State.  (Maybe California is not technically "Northern" but it wasn't a slave state.). As for Pennsylvania, maybe Buchanan supported his VP?
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2017, 02:28:13 pm »
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Buchanan despised Douglas and I guess the state parties in PA and CT were controlled by his allies.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2017, 02:54:54 pm »
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He almost won Oregon because his running mate was from there.  California was a close three-way race between Lincoln, Douglas, and Breckinridge since there was a lot of Southern sympathy in the Golden State.  (Maybe California is not technically "Northern" but it wasn't a slave state.). As for Pennsylvania, maybe Buchanan supported his VP?

IIRC California and Oregon had sizable pro-slavery populations.
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