1868 Election Cycle

En route to sweeping the Midwest, Ulysses Grant carried Minnesota with a 21.7-point victory – his fourth best showing in the 10-state region behind Kansas (37.7 points), Nebraska (27.8 points), and Iowa (23.8 points). For the first time since the Election of 1857, however, Democrats won a U.S. House seat (Eugene Wilson in the 2nd CD) due to a divided GOP vote between incumbent Ignatius Donnelly (who ran as an Independent Republican) and nominee Christopher Andrews.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/03/1868 U.S. House, District 02 General Eugene Wilson (Democrat) won with 13,506 votes (40.37%) and a winning margin of +6.70
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Eugene Wilson Man Democrat 13,506 40.37
Ignatius Donnelly Incumbent Man Independent Republican 11,265 33.67
Christopher Columbus (C.C.) Andrews Man Republican 8,598 25.70
Scattering Write-In 89 0.27

Donnelly was a Republican who ran for reelection without his party's nomination.

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11/03/1868 U.S. House, District 01 General Morton S. Wilkinson (Republican) won with 23,764 votes (61.87%) and a winning margin of +23.74
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Morton S. Wilkinson Man Republican 23,764 61.87
George Batchelder Man Democrat 14,646 38.13
11/03/1868 President / Vice President General Ulysses Grant (Republican) won with 43,722 votes (60.88%) and a winning margin of +21.76
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Ulysses Grant with Schuyler Colfax Man Republican 43,722 60.88
Horatio Seymour with Francis Blair Man Democrat 28,096 39.12

Grant and Colfax each received Minnesota's four Electoral College votes. Minnesota was Grant's fourth best showing in the 10-state Midwest region behind Kansas (37.7 points), Nebraska (27.8 points), and Iowa (23.8 points).

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11/03/1868 State House, District 18 General George Bryant (Republican) won with 1,549 votes (70.69%) and a winning margin of +41.48
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
George Bryant Man Republican 1,549 70.69
Peter Cleary Man Democrat 540 29.20
Scattering Write-In 2 0.11
11/03/1868 State House, District 10 General Abner Tibbetts (Republican) won with 1,630 votes (28.48%) and a winning margin of +4.61
George Bryant (Republican) won with 1,549 votes (27.07%) and a winning margin of +3.20
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Abner Tibbetts Man Republican 1,630 28.48
George Bryant Incumbent Man Republican 1,549 27.07
William H. Amsbry Man Democrat 1,366 23.87
S.S. Kepler Man Democrat 1,178 20.58