The Lincoln-Johnson Ticket

Despite the tumult of war, Lincoln insisted on holding the presidential election in order to uphold the Constitution. However, Lincoln did not run as a Republican, but rather as a candidate of the National Union Party, which had been formed by his supporters in June 1864 to counter the Radical Democracy Party established by anti-Lincoln Radical Republicans. The Union Party also included War Democrats, among them Senator Andrew Johnson of Tennessee, who ran for Lincoln’s vice president.