Prelude to November 8, 1864

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In the 1864 Presidential election, both Democrats and Republicans assumed they had a way to predict beforehand what the outcome would be on November 8 in the Presidential contest.  Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania held state elections, including Congressional elections, in October.  Each of these states were hotly contested between the parties, and it was assumed that if one party swept these elections, it would likely prevail in November.  Strenuous efforts were undertaken in each of these states by Republicans to make certain that all Union soldiers and sailors possible from these states got to vote, assuming, correctly as it turned out, that they would vote Republican.   The Republicans swept the states, reversing the defeats they suffered in 1862.  The Republicans now looked forward to November 8 with confidence while the Democrats now feared defeat.

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Published in: on October 28, 2014 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Prelude to November 8, 1864  
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