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.