Template:Infobox Election The 1860 United States Presidential Election is considered to be one of the most, if not the most important and intense Presidential elections in the United States. The election eventually led to the secession of the New England and the Great Lakes states. The strong Southern support of Breckenridge is what helped him become the 16th President of the United States. All of the Counties in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina voted for Breckenridge. While all of the Counties in the New England States voted for Lincoln.