Summary: The Election of 1860 was different than previous elections. Instead of 2, there were 4 major parties competing. There was Lincoln, who was Republican, Douglas, who was a Northern Democrat, Breckinridge, who was a Southern Democrat, and Bell, who was a Constitutional Unionist. Lincoln won the majority of the electoral votes (180), which paled in comparison to Breckinridge's 72 electoral votes. Lincoln's votes came from the Northern states, which wasn't surprising because many Southern state excluded him from the ballot. Even though he was excluded from the Southern ballots, Lincoln won the Election of 1860, much to Southerners dismay.
Northern Perspective: The northerners supported Lincoln and his anti-slavery ideologies, so they welcomed him as a president. Furthermore, northerners felt that Congress was gradually leading towards helping the interests of the South, so they welcomed a leader with northern ideas.
Southern Perspective: The southerners opposed Lincoln, because they were convinced that he was going to end slavery, and their business. They also didn't favor him because he came from the North, which would give the anti-slavery citizens an edge in Congress. The South decided that they would not be a part of this, so they started to secede from the Union, to the CSA.