1860 United States presidential election in Texas

The 1860 United States presidential election in Texas was held on November 6, 1860. Texas voters chose four electors to represent the state in the Electoral College, which chose the president and vice president.

1860 United States presidential election in Texas

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Nominee John C. Breckinridge John Bell
Party Southern Democratic Constitutional Union
Home state Kentucky Tennessee
Running mate Joseph Lane Edward Everett
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 47,548 15,438
Percentage 75.49% 24.51%

President before election

James Buchanan

Elected President

Abraham Lincoln

Texas voted for the Southern Democratic nominee John C. Breckinridge, who received 75% of the vote. Texas was Breckinridge's strongest state.

Republican Party candidate Abraham Lincoln was not on the ballot in Texas; neither was "Northern Democrat" Stephen A. Douglas, although Douglas did gain 18 votes as a write-in candidate. Douglas supporters had agreed to transfer their allegiance to Constitutional Union candidate John Bell,[1] but Bell carried only three counties in the state and it is sometimes thought that the German-American abolitionists in such counties as Gillespie refrained from visiting the polls.[2]


1860 United States presidential election in Texas[3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Southern Democratic John C. Breckinridge 47,548 75.49% 4
Constitutional Union John Bell 15,438 24.51% 0
Northern Democratic Stephen Douglas (write-in) 18 0.00% 0
Total 63,004 100% 4


  1. ^ Baggett, James Alex; The Scalawags: Southern Dissenters in the Civil War and Reconstruction, p. 38 ISBN 0807130141
  2. ^ Morgenthaler, Jefferson; The German Settlement of the Texas Hill Country, p. 153 ISBN 1932801049
  3. ^ "1860 Presidential General Election Results - Texas". David Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.