1860 Election Cycle

Minnesotans got their first chance to vote in a presidential election and backed Abraham Lincoln by 29 points in the first of 13 consecutive wins by the Republican Party. Republicans also won back the offices of Auditor (Charles McIlrath) and Clerk of the Supreme Court (A.J. Van Vorhes) by nearly as large margins and swept both at-large U.S. House seats for the second consecutive cycle.

The Apportionment of 1860 reduced the number of senators from 37 to 21 and the number of representatives from 80 to 42. There were 21 senate districts eliminating multi-member districts for the upper legislative chamber.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/1860 U.S. House General Cyrus Aldrich (Republican) won with 22,333 votes (31.73%) and a winning margin of +14.44
William Windom (Republican) won with 22,165 votes (31.49%) and a winning margin of +14.20
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Cyrus Aldrich Incumbent Man Republican 22,333 31.73
William Windom Incumbent Man Republican 22,165 31.49
John Gilman Man Democrat 12,168 17.29
James George Man Democrat 12,125 17.23
Alonzo J. (A.J.) Edgerton Man Breckinridge Democrat 787 1.12
James Taylor Man Breckinridge Democrat 769 1.09
Scattering Write-In 37 0.05

Two at-large U.S. Representatives elected.

George was a resident of Dodge County.

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11/06/1860 State House, District 21 General William L. Banning (Republican) won with 592 votes (55.53%) and a winning margin of +13.60
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
William L. Banning Man Republican 592 55.53
Thomas Daily Man Democrat 447 41.93
Philip De Rochburne Man Independent 27 2.53
11/06/1860 State House, District 14 General A.H. Butler (Republican) won with 1,690 votes (22.48%) and a winning margin of +9.82
J.P. Howe (Republican) won with 1,544 votes (20.54%) and a winning margin of +7.88
Charles D. (C.D.) Sherwood (Republican) won with 1,516 votes (20.17%) and a winning margin of +7.50
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
A.H. Butler Incumbent Man Republican 1,690 22.48
J.P. Howe Man Republican 1,544 20.54
Charles D. (C.D.) Sherwood Incumbent Man Republican 1,516 20.17
C.W. French Man Democrat 952 12.66
G.G. Stevens Man Democrat 938 12.48
George Knox Man Democrat 877 11.67
11/06/1860 State House, District 09 General J.E. Chapman (Republican) won with 1,356 votes (38.15%) and a winning margin of +25.83
Clark R. (C.R.) White (Republican) won with 1,340 votes (37.70%) and a winning margin of +25.38
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
J.E. Chapman Man Republican 1,356 38.15
Clark R. (C.R.) White Man Republican 1,340 37.70
Edward Strange Man Democrat 438 12.32
M.H. Palmer Man Democrat 420 11.82
11/06/1860 President / Vice President General Abraham Lincoln (Republican) won with 22,069 votes (63.53%) and a winning margin of +29.22
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Abraham Lincoln with Hannibal Hamlin Man Republican 22,069 63.53
Stephen Douglas with Herschel Johnson Man Democrat 11,920 34.31
John Breckenridge with Joseph Lane Man Democrat Southern Faction 748 2.15

Lincoln and Hamlin each received Minnesota's four Electoral College votes. Lincoln's margin would remain the largest in the state until Teddy Roosevelt's 55.1-point victory in 1904.

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