1860 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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

1860 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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Nominee John Breckenridge John Bell Stephen A. Douglas
Party Southern Democratic Constitutional Union Democratic
Home state Kentucky Tennessee Illinois
Running mate Joseph Lane Edward Everett Herschel V. Johnson
Electoral vote 6 0 0
Popular vote 22,681 20,204 7,625
Percentage 44.90% 40.00% 15.10%

President before election

James Buchanan

Elected President

Abraham Lincoln

Louisiana was won by Southern Democratic candidate, Vice President John C. Breckinridge and his running with Senator Joseph Lane of Oregon. The ticket defeated the Constitution Union ticket of Senator John Bell of Tennessee and his running mate Massachusetts Governor Edward Everett along with Northern Democrat Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois and his running mate Georgia Governor Herschel V. Johnson.

Breckinridge won the state by a narrow margin of 4.90%.

Republican Party candidate Abraham Lincoln was not on the ballot in the state.

This was the first time Louisiana ever voted for a losing candidate since it began popular vote elections for President in 1828. Even when its vote was chosen by the state legislature, the only time it voted for a candidate who did not win was in 1824, when it voted for Andrew Jackson, but Jackson won the nationwide popular vote. Thus, this was the first time Louisiana ever voted by any means for a candidate who lost the electoral vote and popular vote.[1]


1860 United States presidential election in Louisiana[2]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Southern Democratic John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky Joseph Lane of Oregon 22,681 44.90% 6 100.00%
Constitutional Union John Bell of Tennessee Edward Everett of Massachusetts 20,204 40.00% 0 0.00%
Democratic Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois Herschel Vespasian Johnson of Georgia 7,625 15.10% 0 0.00%
Total 50,510 100.00% 6 100.00%

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Historical U.S. Presidential Elections 1789-2020 - 270toWin". 270toWin.com. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  2. ^ "1860 Presidential General Election Results - Louisiana".