THOMAS B. ALEXANDER
The Dimensions of Voter Partisan Constancy in
Presidential Elections from 1840 to 1860
By 1840 the nation's second two-party system was fully developed
in every region. A close, nationwide rivalry between Democrats and
Whigs formed the basic configuration of presidential politics, not only
in total popular vote but also within most of the states and even within
an immense number of counties. Neither party could muster as much
as a two-to-one majority in almost three-fourths of the nation's counties
in 1840, or even 60 percent in considerably more than one-half. This
party system was subjected to such intense strain during the succeed____________________
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Book title: Essays on American Antebellum Politics, 1840-1860.
Contributors: William E. Gienapp - Author, Thomas B. Alexander - Author, Michael F. Holt - Author, Stephen E. Maizlish - Author, Stephen E. Maizlish - Editor, John J. Kushma - Editor, Joel H. Silbey - Author.
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press.
Place of publication: College Station, TX.
Publication year: 1982.
Page number: 70.
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