posted by anonymous on .
The key event that guaranteed Lincoln's reelection in 1864 was? Lincoln won the 1860 election because?
I can think of two events. First, Ulysses Grant, who was immensely popular because of his field victories, refused to run for the Republican nomination and threw his support to Lincoln. Second, Lincoln, who was about to be dumped by his own party's anti-war faction, formed a National Union Part with pro-war Democrats, and went on to a landslide victory. The formation of a third party was a brilliant tactic.
Even Lincoln himself thought he would lose the election.