Presidential Nominations during Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency took a dramatic turn when he finally got elected by the Republicans despite initial disagreements. Democrats and radical Republicans were dissatisfied with Lincoln’s policies. The radicals first favored Chase and then Fremont for the 1864 presidential election. A splinter group did, in fact, nominate Fremont for president. But the moderate Republicans remained faithful to their leader, and, because the radicals could not get support for their candidate, Lincoln was unanimously nominated for president by the official Republican convention. Senator Andrew Johnson, a Democrat from Tennessee and the only congressman from a secessionist state to remain loyal to the Union, was nominated for vice president. The platform called for a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery.
The Democrats nominated General McClellan as their presidential candidate. He was immensely popular with the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac, and many people believed that Lincoln had been unjustified in relieving him of his command after Antietam. The Democratic platform called for an immediate end to the war, which was characterized as “four years of failure.” However, McClellan, who favored continuing the war, disavowed his party’s platform. Presidential Nominations during Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency was also an opportunity for Lincoln to show case his programs for Americans even though opinions differed on the matter with some believing he was a complete failure while others saw him as a hero.