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THE SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN OF 1858

advocates. He is the champion of anti-slavery in the North. It is the one idea that has brought him forward as the candidate of his party. . . . .

[Daily Whig, Quincy, 111., July 21, 1858]

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES


As to the Southern Democratic candidates, the leading men are Senator Hunter and Gov. Wise of Virginia, the former representing Administration, the latter anti-Administration views on the Kansas question. Senator Slidell, of Louisiana, Secretary Floyd, of Virginia, and Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia, are also spoken of.

The Times postpones the chances of Senator Douglas indefinitely, on account of his quarrel with the administration, and the fact that he is from a Northern State, two circumstances which render his nomination entirely out of the question.

Among the Republican candidates, the Times places the name of Col. Fremont first on the list; next Mr. Seward, followed by Mr. Crittenden, Gov. Banks, of Mass., Gov. Chase, of Ohio, and Judge McLean.


From its beginning the Illinois campaign attracted widespread attention. It meant more than state issues and state results. The fate of "squatter sovereignty," the triumph or defeat of the administration, the presidential nominations to be made in the next national conventions, indeed, the future of the Union was felt to depend in no small degree upon the outcome of these debates. Eastern newspapers at once dispatched special reporters to the scene and they outlined the situation for their readers.

[New York Semi-Weekly Post, August 18, 1858]

POLITICS IN ILLINOIS

Abe Lincoln.—Douglas Rejoicing over Blair's Defeat.—Senator Trumbull's Speech

[From our special correspondent]

Chicago, Ill., August 13, 1858

The interest in politics increases here as the campaign progresses. Illinois is regarded as the battle-ground of the year, and the results of