The Whig Party in the South

By Arthur Charles Cole | Go to book overview

CHAPTER IX.
THE KANSAS-NEBRASKA BILL.

The state and congressional elections of 1853, besides revealing the demoralization of whiggery in the South, gave conclusive proof that there was no longer a national Whig party in any sense of the term. In Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina a fairly active canvass was carried on under the old party lines, although the Democrats were entirely unopposed in many districts where opposition seemed hopeless. Yet the Whigs barely held their own in Kentucky, failed to secure a single member of Congress from Virginia, lost two more districts in North Carolina to the Democrats, who thus secured a majority of the delegation, and in Tennessee, where under the new apportionment they had counted on eight out of the ten districts, they had to be satisfied with an equal division with their opponents, who also elected Andrew Johnson, their candidate for governor, by over two thousand.1 In Maryland and Louisiana uninteresting and unexciting contests were carried on: in both the Whigs were badly defeated; the Louisiana Democrats, aided by a rearrangement of the districts, secured every congressman but one, while their Maryland brethren reversed the situation there by electing four out of the six members.

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The Tennessee Whigs later regained one congressman in the first district.

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