Why did the election of Abraham Lincoln lead the Deep South to secede?

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It was obvious during the campaign and the run-up to the election that Lincoln was not in favor of adding further slave states to the Union and that he was opposed to the slave holders that wished very much to retain their power over national politics.  Because of this, immediately after his election the deep southern states that held zero hope for compromise that would suit them began to secede.  There were some attempts at compromise but Lincoln also held his ground and made it clear that he was not going to accept any kind of deal since he had won the election and he and the party had the "constitutional right" to the office and needed no compromise to take it.