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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1868
← "1864 November 3, 1868 "1872 →
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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%

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.

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


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