Abraham Lincoln (Republican) and Stephen Douglas (Democrat) were the two senates in the Lincoln Douglas Debates. The main theme in these debates were slavery and the issue of it's expansion into western territories. Stephen Douglas was pro-slavery while Lincoln was anti-slavery.
1850: The compromise of 1850
How do I make him lose?
No slavery in Western territories! Equal rights!
1854: Kansas-Nebraska Act
The debates contained much mudslinging between the two. Douglas, in hopes of costing Lincoln votes, charged him that Lincoln "thinks that the Negro is his brother". He was also critrized of saying that the nation could not remain "half slave and half free."
1856: Pottawatomie Massacre
He's trying to put them against me!
Did Abe Win?
He doesn't want half slave and half free!
1857: Dredd Scott Case
You can imagine the bewilderment of the voters as they listened to each argument. One argument being about Douglas claiming that Lincoln didn't want half of the U.S to be free and half slave which Stephen said would led to conflict if it's not, another thing that was talked upon was the statements of Democrat's belief in popular sovereignty and the Dred Scott decision, which didn't allow African Americans in free territory become citizens. Lincoln even questioned how the Congress could not ban slavery from federal territory, but will allow the citizens of that territory to ban it.
1858: Lincoln-Douglas Debates
1859: John Brown's Raid
Douglas said that it does not matter what the Supreme Court decides about slavery and that the people have the right to decide what to do about slavery; though, it can be excluded from territories only by the local legislation. This led to Freeport Doctrine.
The Freeport Doctrine put the slavery quest back in the hands of the American citizens, this helped me win the Senate seat!
Though Abraham was not victorious (recieving only more popular votes), he still became a strong, important leader of the Republican party. Besides, he suceeded much in his life for this loss to define him as a "loser". Lincoln served as the 16th president of the United States. He was one of the greatest! We all may lose at some things, but that doesn't stand us out to be a loser if we've acomplished many things. So though he was not successful with trying to win the Senate seat of Illinois, he was successful of a copious of things that people should definetly look up to.