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Mayor Wood of New York City proposes Democrats vote strategically across the country in November

Fernando Wood, detail
07/06/1860
Fernando Wood, the Democratic mayor of New York City proposed in a letter to the press that the splintered Democrats vote strategically in the upcoming presidential election in order to defeat Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans.  In states where Douglas was most popular, he posited, Democrats should vote Douglas, while where Breckinridge was favored they should vote Breckinridge.  The result then would be worked out in the Electoral College.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Letter from Mayor Wood on the Duty of the Democracy," New York Times, July 7, 1860. 

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