The Final Struggles: September 1864 to April 1865

The Final Struggles: September 1864 to April 1865

By what margin did Lincoln lose the Empire City?

Despite all the changes and alterations to his policies, Lincoln lost the Empire City of New York, much as he had in 1860. The twenty-two wards of greater New York City went for McClellan by 73,769 to 36,912. This may well have reflected a continuing urban bias against Lincoln, the man from the rural West; despite all his success, Lincoln was still seen as an unpolished countryperson. The blow was softened by Lincoln’s taking the Empire State by a margin of 8,000 votes.



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