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1864 elections went on during the Civil War – even though Lincoln thought it would be a disaster for himself and the Republican Party

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The outlook was not promising in 1864 for President Abraham Lincoln's reelection, yet he avoided calls to postpone the election, telling critics, "We cannot have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us."

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