When the reconvened Democratic National Convention nominated
Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois for the presidency in June of 1860, outraged
delegates from the Deep South walked out. The Little Giant refused to
support these delegates' insistence upon a federal Slave Code protecting
human bondage in the western territories, preferring a policy of popular
sovereignty. They reconvened at another hall in the convention city
of Baltimore and put forward their own ticket featuring John C. Breckinridge
of Kentucky and Senator Joseph Lane of Oregon.