Re: Soldiers voting
- By midnight it was evident that Lincoln had won decisively. The
completed tally gave him 2,203,831 votes to McClellan's 1,797,019. He
had won every state except Kentucky, Delaware, and New Jersey, and his
electoral vote would be 212 to 21 for the general. The men who were
doing the fighting had voted for more of it in order to make their
efforts worth while. Soldiers in the field gave Lincoln 119,754 votes
to 34,291 for McClellan. When soldiers voted at home their ballots
were not segregated, but the ratio must have been approximately the
same. Without their ballots, Lincoln might have lost New York,
Connecticut, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and the arrest of New York's
Democratic agents had helped to take that state. Furloughed troops
swelled Republican totals in Illinois and Indiana, where soldiers also
guarded the polls. All together these six states contributed 101
electoral votes, enough to elect Lincoln.
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