The Constitutional Union Party of the South nominates John Bell for the Presidential Election
After conventions Stephen Douglas emerged as the candidate for President. However he was abandoned for John Breckenridge in part due to his strong beliefs of slavery and interpretation of Dred v. Scott
ELECTORAL COLLEGE TURN OUT Breckenridge: 72 Bell: 39 Douglas: 12
The Republican party nominated the moderate Abraham Lincoln as oppose to a more radical candidate William Seward a proclaimed abolotionist
Both parties maintained their platforms and territories. Republicans in the North and Midwest, representing abolitionists and industrialists. Democrats in the South representing slave owning farmers.
Abraham Lincoln, lost the popular vote with 40%. However he won the electoral vote by a significant amount and won the Presidency.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act is drafted dividing the nation into pro and anti slavery