1968 United States presidential election
The 1968 United States presidential election happened on November 5, 1968. Richard Nixon, the Republican candidate and former Vice President of the United States, won the election. He defeated the incumbent vice president, Hubert Humphrey, who was a Democrat, and George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama, who ran as a member of the American Independent Party.
538 members of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
|Turnout||60.9% 1.0 pp|
Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Nixon/Agnew. Blue denotes states won by Humphrey/Muskie. Orange denotes states won by Wallace/LeMay, as well as a faithless elector in North Carolina who casted his electoral vote for Wallace/LeMay instead of Nixon/Agnew. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.
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Incumbent United States President Lyndon B. Johnson was able to run, but decided against it. On March 31, 1968, Johnson withdrew his nomination and he said, "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President".
The incumbent Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, brother of former United States President John F. Kennedy was a serious presidential candidate before his assassination on June 5, 1968 by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles after winning the California and South Dakota primaries for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
Richard Nixon won the election by 301 electoral votes. Hubert Humphrey got 191 electoral votes. George Wallace received 46 electoral votes and a faithless elector in North Carolina voted Wallace and running mate Curtis LeMay.
Humphrey did not win the south because he was very liberal and favored civil rights. The only southern state he won was Texas (which he won narrowly).
- Democratic candidates:
Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota
- Republican candidates:
- Richard Nixon, former Vice President and 1960 presidential nominee from New York
- Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York and candidate for the 1960 and 1964 nominations
- Ronald Reagan, Governor of California
- George Romney, Governor of Michigan and candidate 1964 nomination:: Romney was also the father of Gov. Mitt Romney, who ran for president in 2012
- Harold Stassen, former Governor of Minnesota and candidate for the 1948, 1952 and 1964 nominations
- "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved October 21, 2012.