Lincoln lost New Jersey twice

Abraham Lincoln, born 200 years ago today, was never an especially strong vote getter in New Jersey. In 1860, Democrat Stephen Douglas carried New Jersey by a 52%-48% margin. In his bid for re-election in 1864, Lincoln lost New Jersey to General George McClellan by a 53%-47% margin.

In both elections, Lincoln carried South Jersey, along with Essex and Passaic counties.

McClellan was elected Governor of New Jersey in 1877 and served one-term; New Jersey Governors were not permitted to seek re-election until 1949. He beat William Newell, a surgeon who had served two terms in the House, as Governor from 1857 to 1860, and again as a Congressman from 1864 until his defeat in 1866. After losing to McClellan, he was appointed Territorial Governor of Washington State by President Rutherford Hayes.

 

Lincoln lost New Jersey twice