General Grant was the obvious choice for the Republican ticket in the election of 1868. His opponent was the New York governor, Horatio Seymour, as the Democrats did not nominate the incumbent Johnson.
The main issue of the day was how to handle Reconstruction and the reunification of the nation. Grant believed in the protection of the newly freed slaves and in the prevention of Confederate leaders regaining power in the south.
President Grant won by a large margin in the electoral college.