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1960 Presidential Election


John F. Kennedy vs Richard M. Nixon (November 8th, 1960)


John F. Kennedy went on to edge out Republican challenger Richard M. Nixon to become the 44th President of the United States.
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John F. Kennedy (MA)
Democrat

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: Lyndon B. Johnson
Carried Home State (Massachusetts): Yes
Incumbent Status: No
303
Electoral Votes (269 needed to win)
22 of 50 states carried (44%)


34,220,984
Popular Vote (50.1%)
219
Electoral Votes (269 needed to win)
26 of 50 states carried (52%)


34,108,157
Popular Vote (49.9%)
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Richard Nixon (CA)
Republican

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Carried Home State (California): Yes
Incumbent Status: Yes


COMING SOON.


STATES VOTING/VOTES (520 TOTAL):
303
219
Alabama (5)
Alaska (3)
Arizona (4)
Arkansas (8)
California (32)
Colorado (6)
Connecticut (8)
Delaware (3)
Florida (10)
Georgia (12)
Hawaii (3)
Idaho (4)
Illinois (27)
Indiana (13)
Iowa (10)
Kansas (8)
Kentucky (10)
Louisiana (10)
Maine (0)*
Maine (5)*
Maryland (9)
Massachusetts (16)
Michigan (20)
Minnesota (11)
Mississippi (0)
Missouri (13)
Montana (4)
Nebraska (6)*
Nebraska (0)*
Nevada (3)
New Hampshire (4)
New Jersey (16)
New Mexico (4)
New York (45)
North Carolina (14)
North Dakota (4)
Ohio (25)
Oklahoma (7)
Oregon (4)
Pennsylvania (32)
Rhode Island (4)
South Carolina (8)
South Dakota (4)
Tennessee (11)
Texas (24)
Utah (4)
Vermont (3)
Virginia (12)
Washington (9)
West Virginia (8)
Wisconsin (12)
Wyoming (3)
Dictrict of Colombia (0)


* Maine and Nebraska are the only two states that do not follow the 'winner-take-all' rule regarding their Electoral Votes per candidate. This allows for a more proportional division of the claimed Electoral Votes. States with a historically high number of Electoral Votes are shown in YELLOW. These are typically 'power states' needed by both sides to claim a clear victory. While these usually vote consistently along a party line, some have been shown to be 'swing states' with changing support from term-to-term.


NOTES:
While Nixon claimed 26 states to Kennedy's 22, Kennedy claimed the overall vistory by edging his challenger in Popular Votes (34,220,984 to 34,108,157) and Electoral College votes (303 to 219). Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, pushing his running mate, Lyndon B. Johnson, into the Presidential spotlight. All was not lost for Nixon for he later claimed the Presidency once more in 1968.
TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES AVAILABLE by REGION:
NORTHEAST - 133 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)
MIDWEST - 153 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
WEST - 83 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
SOUTH - 151 (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia)
SPECIAL - 0 (District of Colombia)