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Abraham Lincoln is re-elected as President of the United States and Republicans make sweeping electoral gains

Abraham Lincoln, Brady image, 1863
Despite deep worry about the outcome over the previous two months, the actual result of the 1864 presidential election was overwhelmingly in favor of Abraham Lincoln.  He received 91% of the electoral vote, 55% of the popular vote and carried all states but Kentucky, New Jersey, and Delaware.  On top of this, the Republican Party decimated their rival Democrats in many parts of the country, taking control of state legislatures and increasing their hold on Congress.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw Hill, 2002), 190.