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1968 United States presidential election

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1964 United States 1972
United States presidential election, 1968
November 5, 1968
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Nominee Richard Nixon Hubert Humphrey George Wallace
Party Republican Democrat American Independent
Home state California Minnesota Alabama
Running mate Spiro Agnew Edmund Muskie Curtis LeMay
Electoral vote 301 191 46
States won 32 13 + D.C. 5
Popular vote 31,783,783 31,271,839 9,901,118
Percentage 43.4% 42.7% 13.5%
1968 United States presidential election

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.

Incumbent President
Lyndon B. Johnson

This election was between former Vice President Richard Nixon and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Governor of Alabama George Wallace also ran by the American Independent Party.

Humphrey did not win the south because he was very liberal and favoured civil rights. The only southern state he won was Texas (which he won narrowly).

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.

Incumbent United States President Lyndon B. Johnson was able to run, but decided against it. On March 31, 1968, Johnson withdrewed his nomination and Johnson said, "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President".

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.


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