When SD Told Lincoln to Lump It

With the nation on the brink of the greatest catastrophe in its history, most San Diego County voters went to the polls 150 years ago this month and turned down the man who’d become America’s most beloved president.

Instead, they overwhelmingly voted for the pro-South rival who stood the furthest from him on the future of slavery, the biggest issue of the day. Four years later, they turned down Abraham Lincoln again.

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