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Re: Soldiers voting

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  • Bill Bruner
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2006
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      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.

      This is a snip from somewhere, I'm not sure right now.

      Bill Bruner
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