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The election of 1860 was the presidential election in which Abraham Lincoln was elected as the president of the United States.  This election was important mainly because it helped lead to the Civil War.  When Lincoln won the election, Southern states seceded from the Union.  This led to the Civil War.

In this election, Lincoln defeated three other candidates.  Lincoln, running as a Republican, won essentially all of the North along with California and Oregon, getting 180 electoral votes.  He defeated John Breckinridge, who got 72 electoral votes as a Democrat, Stephen Douglas, who got 12 electoral votes as a Democrat, and John Bell, who got 39 electoral votes as the candidate of the Constitutional Union party.