324 W. C. WOODWARD follows: Lincoln, 5344; Breckinridge, 5074; Douglas, 4131; Bell, 212. 1 The relative strength of the Democratic candidates was a surprise, and in this connection it is significant that Ore- gon was the only northern state which gave a larger vote for Breckinridge than for Douglas. 2 i Official returns in Statesman, Dec. 3. For vote by counties, see Appendix II. A. J. Thayer, who had been nominated by the Douglas State central com- mittee, October 17, for Congressman, received 4099 votes. He had no opposition, as the Breckinridge Democrats agreed to ignore the election, claiming it to be as illegal as that of Sheil in June. Thayer was seated as a member of Congress, July 4, 1861 (Congressional proceedings in Argus, July 27) but the matter was taken up and reconsidered July 26, when Thayer was removed and Sheil seated. (Congressional proceedings in Union, Sep. 9, 1861). 2judson, Fiftieth Ann'
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