5 surprising facts about Abraham Lincoln

(CNN)There’s little doubt that Abraham Lincoln was one of the most influential and important leaders ever elected to the White House. Lincoln’s 1858 Senate race against Douglas was dirty: Douglas even encouraged votes by providing liquor to those who supported him. It was a devastating loss for Lincoln — but when he sought the Republican presidential nomination two years later, he didn’t shy away from such maneuvers in his campaign. “Even our greatest president, our most honest president wasn’t above a little dirty politics,” said Paul Begala, a CNN contributor…

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