1860 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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1860 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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Nominee John Bell John Breckenridge Stephen A. Douglas
Party Constitutional Union Southern Democratic Democratic
Home state Tennessee Kentucky Illinois
Running mate Edward Everett Joseph Lane Herschel V. Johnson
Electoral vote 12 0 0
Popular vote 66,058 53,143 25,651
Percentage 45.18% 36.35% 17.54%

President before election

James Buchanan

Elected President

Abraham Lincoln

The 1860 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 6, 1860, as part of the 1860 United States presidential election. Kentucky voters chose 12 representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.[1]

Kentucky was won by the Senator John Bell (CUTennessee), running with the Governor of Massachusetts Edward Everett, with 45.18% of the popular vote, against 14th Vice President of the United States John Breckenridge (SDKentucky), running with Senator Joseph Lane, with 36.35% of the popular vote and the 15th Senator Stephen A. Douglas (DIllinois), running with 41st Governor of Georgia Herschel V. Johnson, with 17.54% of the popular vote.[1]

Despite former representative Abraham Lincoln (R-Illinois) having been born and raised for the first five years of his life in Kentucky, he came in a distant fourth, failing to win 1% of the vote. Even worse, Lincoln failed to win LaRue County, the location of his birth. As of the 2020 presidential election, this is the last election in which Clay County voted for a Democratic candidate.


1860 United States presidential election in Kentucky[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Constitutional Union John Bell 66,058 45.18%
Southern Democratic John C. Breckinridge 53,143 36.35%
Democratic Stephen A. Douglas 25,651 17.54%
Republican Abraham Lincoln 1,364 0.93%
Total votes 146,216 100%


  1. ^ a b c "1860 Presidential Election Results Kentucky".