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labor where a common boy would work his way to the very top. The Republicans also enjoyed an unbeatable advantage in the Electoral College due to their dominance of the Northern states. Lincoln got less than 40% of the popular countrywide vote (Lumen, n.d.). However, he went ahead to win in the Electoral College vote. Breckinridge did not win any electoral votes in the North. He appeared second in the Electoral College. Douglas got electoral votes in the North and South but still went ahead to finish last in the Electoral College. Disunion Election In ten of the eleven states that would declare secession Lincoln’s name failed to appear on the ballot. He got 1% of the popular votes in Virginia (Lumen, n.d.). In Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri and Maryland, the four Southern states that did not secede, he was either third or fourth. It was an indication that the South would not support a candidate in the South who would hinder the territorial expansion of slavery. Secession of the South Seven states in the south passed ordinances to secession following the presidential election win. South Carolina declared their independence in defense of their right to move away from the Union. The other seven states passed their secession ordinances by the February of
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HISTORY 5 1861 as president Lincoln was ascending to office. They declared themselves Confederate States and elected Jefferson Davis as provisional president and later started to set up an army. Response to Secession After the election, the sitting president did not do much to stop the secession wave. He did not deploy troops to the federal property that was under threat. However, in his final Congressional address, he denied the that states held the right to secede from the Union. He also held that the federal government could not prevent secession through the use of force. Many proposals were made to the Congress all aimed at appeasing the Southern states. One of them was the extension of the Missouri Compromise latitude boundary line to the west of the Pacific (Lumen, n.d.). It was in conflict with the policy by the Republican party making it impossible for the Southern leaders to agree on its full endorsement with the Republicans. It ended up being voted down in the Senate.
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