1960 United States presidential election
This election was between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon. Kennedy won the election like many people expected, but it was a much closer election than most people thought it would be.
All 537 electoral votes of the Electoral College
269 electoral votes needed to win
|Turnout||62.8% 2.2 pp|
Presidential election results map. Blue denotes states won by Kennedy/Johnson, red denotes those won by Nixon/Lodge, orange denotes the electoral votes for Byrd/Thurmond by Alabama and Mississippi unpledged electors, and a vote for Byrd/Goldwater by an Oklahoma faithless elector. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.
This was the first presidential election in American history in which both candidates debated against each other on television. On television, Kennedy appeared calm while Nixon appeared nervous. More television viewers thought that Kennedy won the debate, while more radio listeners thought that Nixon won the debate.
- John F. Kennedy, U.S. senator from Massachusetts.
- Lyndon B. Johnson, U.S. Senate Majority Leader from Texas.
- Stuart Symington, U.S. senator from Missouri.
- Adlai Stevenson, former governor of Illinois.
- Hubert Humphrey, U.S. senator from Minnesota.
- Wayne Morse, U.S. senator from Oregon.
- Pat Brown, Former governor of California.
- Richard Nixon, U.S. vice president from California.
- Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York.
- Barry Goldwater, U.S. senator from Arizona.