Each of them loved the president, yet they fought him for the 1860 nomination.
No Republican has won Iowa and New Hampshire and failed to win the nomination.
Christie manages to win the nomination and the GOP civil war officially begins.
early 15c., "act of mentioning by name," from Middle French nomination (14c.), and directly from Latin nominationem (nominative nominatio) "a naming, designation," from nominare "to name" (see nominate (v.)). Meaning "fact of being proposed as a candidate" is attested from late 15c.