1868 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1868

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Nominee John M. Palmer John R. Eden
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 249,912 199,813
Percentage 55.6% 44.4%

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County Results

Governor before election

John M. Palmer

Elected Governor

Richard J. Oglesby

The Illinois gubernatorial election of 1868 was the fourteenth election for this office. Republican nonimee, John M. Palmer defeated the Democratic nominee John R. Eden.[1]

At this time in Illinois history, the Lieutenant Governor was elected on a separate ballot from the governor. This would remain so until the 1970 constitution.


1868 gubernatorial election, Illinois
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John M. Palmer 249,912 55.57% +1.03%
Democratic John R. Eden 199,813 44.43% -1.03%
Majority 50,099 11.14% +2.06%
Turnout 449,725
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - IL Governor Race - Nov 03, 1868". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
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