George Wallace 1964 presidential campaign

The George Wallace 1964 presidential campaign began on November 15, 1963, when Alabama Governor George Wallace announced his intention to run in the 1964 Democratic Party presidential primaries against then-incumbent President John F. Kennedy. Following the assassination of Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald 7 days later, Wallace continued his campaign against President Lyndon B. Johnson. Wallace ultimately earned only 10.8% of the popular vote and won no contests. He suspended his campaign live on Face the Nation on July 19, 1964,[1] and allegedly began to support 1964 Republican nominee Barry Goldwater.[2] In the 1964 general election, Goldwater won Wallace's home state of Alabama by 39 points.

George Wallace 1964 presidential campaign
Campaign1964 Democratic Party presidential primaries
CandidateGeorge Wallace
AffiliationDemocratic Party
AnnouncedNovember 15, 1963
SuspendedJuly 19, 1964
SloganStand Up for America

This was the first of four presidential campaigns by George Wallace. Wallace ran again in the 1968 United States presidential election as the nominee of the American Independent Party, where he carried 5 states. He then went on to run in the 1972 Democratic Party presidential primaries and the 1976 Democratic Party presidential primaries, where he lost the nomination to George McGovern and Jimmy Carter, respectively.

Endorsements change

In the summer of 1964, Wallace received the endorsement of restaurant owner and future Governor of Georgia Lester Maddox.[3]

Legacy change

According to The Washington Post, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke based his 1992 presidential campaign on Wallace's 1964 campaign.[5]

Related pages change

Other 1964 presidential campaigns change

Other George Wallace presidential campaigns change

References change

  1. Rohler, Lloyd Earl (2004). George Wallace: conservative populist. Great American orators. Westport, Conn: Praeger Publishers. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-313-31119-2.
  2. "Wallace Called Reluctant in Dropping Campaign; Many Politicians Believe He Feared Losing to Goldwater". The New York Times. 1964-07-30. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-03-16.
  3. "Lester Maddox". The Guardian. 2003-06-26. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2024-03-16.
  4. "Lester Maddox". The Guardian. 2003-06-26. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2024-03-16.
  5. "DUKE CAMPAIGN LATEST TO CAPITALIZE ON GEORGE WALLACE'S POLITICAL LEGACY". Washington Post. 2024-01-03. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2024-03-16.