One of the main ways that Lincoln gained popularity with the people is by the Douglas Lincoln debates. Even though Lincoln lost this election for Douglas’s seat in Congress, his debates were widely attended by the people in the state. At this point, the people in Illinois grew to know and like Lincoln’s ideas and charisma. The trust that the people had with Lincoln is what helped Lincoln win the presidency.
Also, the Democratic party was split with two candidates. That could have also been a problem for those who specifically voted by political party. Also, Lincoln’s charisma and stature also influenced voters. He gained popularity in Illinois through the Lincoln-Douglas debates. He also has served several main political offices which allowed him to gain popularity.