- Northern Democrats- Stephen Douglas was the candidate of the Northern Democrats, he was an American politician from Illinois and the designer of the Kansas–Nebraska Act. He wants Popular sovereignty is the principle that the authority of a state and its government is created and sustained by the consent of its people, through their elected representatives (Rule by the People), who are the source of all political power.
- Southern Democrats-John C. Breckenridge, he was a lawyer, politician, and soldier from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He represented the state in both houses of Congress and became the 14th and youngest-ever Vice President of the United States, serving from 1857 to 1861. He wants to uphold slavery.He wants to support slavery.
- Constitutional Union-John Bell,he was an American politician, attorney, and planter.He has no position on slavery.
- Republicans-Abraham Lincoln, he was an American politician and lawyer.He wants to leave slavery alone and he don't want any expansions.He don't want to expand the union.
At the end Abraham Lincoln won the election