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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)

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

Popular Vote (50.1%)
Electoral Votes (269 needed to win)
26 of 50 states carried (52%)

Popular Vote (49.9%)
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Richard Nixon (CA)

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

Fifteen Electoral Votes went to the Byrd-Thurmond ticket (denoted as orange) which claimed all of Mississippi (8 votes), six votes from Alabama, and a single vote from Oklahoma.

While Nixon claimed 26 states to Kennedy's 22, Kennedy claimed the overall victory by edging his challenger in Popular Votes (34,220,984 to 34,108,157) and Electoral College votes (303 to 219).

John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd,1963, pushing his running mate, Lyndon B. Johnson, into the Presidential spotlight.

All was not lost for Nixon for he later would go on to claim the Presidency in a victory over challenger Hubert Humphrey in 1968.

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 - 159 (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia)
SPECIAL - 0 (District of Columbia)