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United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1968

 

United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1968

United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1968

November 5, 1968

 
Nominee Hubert Humphrey Richard Nixon
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Minnesota California
Running mate Edmund Muskie Spiro Agnew
Electoral vote 14 0
Popular vote 1,469,218 766,844
Percentage 63.01% 32.89%

County Results
  Humphrey—70-80%
  Humphrey—60-70%
  Humphrey—50-60%
  Nixon—<50%
  Nixon—50-60%

President before election

Lyndon Johnson
Democratic

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1968 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 5, 1968 as part of the 1968 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 14 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly for the Democratic nominee, incumbent Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota, over the Republican nominee, former Vice President Richard Nixon of California. Humphrey's running mate was Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine, while Nixon ran with Governor Spiro Agnew of Maryland.

Humphrey carried Massachusetts in a landslide, taking 63.01% of the vote to Nixon's 32.89%, a Democratic victory margin of 30.12%. This made it the second most Democratic state in the nation, after Rhode Island.

The Alabama, did not have a serious impact on the race. While taking 13.53% nationally and winning electoral votes from five Southern states, Wallace would take only 3.73% of the vote in Massachusetts . Wallace's base of support was in the South, and he had little appeal in Northeastern states. Massachusetts would be Wallace's fourth weakest state in the nation.

As Nixon eked out a narrow win of the White House nationally in the electoral college, Humphrey's landslide win in Massachusetts made the state a whopping 31% more Democratic than the national average.

Massachusetts had been a Democratic-leaning state since 1928, and a Democratic stronghold since 1960- and the 1960s would prove to be a decade of Democratic dominance in Massachusetts. Prior to 1960, Massachusetts had usually been a swing state, and Republican Dwight Eisenhower had carried it by 19 points in 1956. But in 1960, Massachusetts native John F. Kennedy would become the first Democrat to ever win Massachusetts with over 60% of the vote, taking 60.22% in the state. In the midst of the 1964 nationwide Democratic landslide, Lyndon Johnson had carried the state in an historically massive landslide, taking over 76% of the vote in Massachusetts to Republican Barry Goldwater's 23%. While Humphrey did not reach Johnson's level of support, his 63.01% outperformed JFK and remains the second highest vote share any Democratic presidential candidate has ever gotten in the state- even though Humphrey was losing the election nationally- thus establishing the state's reputation as a Democratic stronghold in the modern era.

Despite the scale of Humphrey's statewide landslide, he did not sweep every county in Massachusetts. Humphrey won 10 of the state's 14 counties, while Nixon won 4. However Humphrey performed especially well in the most heavily populated parts of the state surrounding the large cities of Boston, Worcester, and Springfield, while Nixon won only the most sparsely populated counties.

Four years later, Massachusetts would be the only state in the nation to remain Democratic and vote for 1972. Having also voted for John F. Kennedy over Nixon in 1960, Massachusetts would ultimately be the only state in the nation to never vote for Richard Nixon in any of his 3 presidential campaigns.

Results

United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1968[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Hubert H. Humphrey 1,469,218 63.01% 14
Republican Richard Nixon 766,844 32.89% 0
American Independent George Wallace 87,088 3.73% 0
Socialist Labor Henning A. Blomen 6,180 0.27% 0
Prohibition E. Harold Munn 2,369 0.10% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 53 0.00% 0
Totals 2,331,752 100.00% 14
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 67%/86%

References

  1. ^ "1968 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 

See also

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