1960 United States presidential election in Idaho

The 1960 United States presidential election in Idaho took place on November 8, 1960, as part of the 1960 United States presidential election. State voters chose four[2] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1960 United States presidential election in Idaho

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Nominee Richard Nixon John F. Kennedy
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California Massachusetts
Running mate Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Lyndon B. Johnson
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 161,597 138,853
Percentage 53.8% 46.2%

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County Results

President before election

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Republican

Elected President

John F. Kennedy
Democratic

Idaho was won by incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon (RCalifornia), running with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., with 53.78 percent of the popular vote, against Senator John F. Kennedy (DMassachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 46.22 percent of the popular vote.[3][4] As of the 2020 presidential election, this is the last election in which Custer County and Camas County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.[5]

Nixon won Idaho by 22,744 votes, or 7.6%, which was significantly less than fellow Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, who won the state by a margin of 22.4%, or 61,111 votes. 4 years later, Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson would win the state by a margin of 1.83%, or 5,363 votes, which as of the 2020 presidential election, is the last time a Democratic presidential candidate has carried the state, or even broke 40% of the total vote. Excluding Johnson's win in 1964, as of the 2020 presidential election, this is the last time a Democratic presidential candidate has come within single digits of winning the state.

ResultsEdit

1960 United States presidential election in Idaho
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon 161,597 53.78%
Democratic John F. Kennedy 138,853 46.22%
Total votes 300,450 100.00%

Results by countyEdit

County Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Democratic
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # %
Ada 27,703 61.95% 17,017 38.05% 10,686 23.90% 44,720
Adams 799 52.46% 724 47.54% 75 4.92% 1,523
Bannock 9,157 42.11% 12,586 57.89% -3,429 -15.77% 21,743
Bear Lake 1,963 55.67% 1,563 44.33% 400 11.34% 3,526
Benewah 1,274 42.05% 1,756 57.95% -482 -15.91% 3,030
Bingham 5,934 55.06% 4,843 44.94% 1,091 10.12% 10,777
Blaine 1,216 49.27% 1,252 50.73% -36 -1.46% 2,468
Boise 456 51.35% 432 48.65% 24 2.70% 888
Bonner 3,575 46.80% 4,064 53.20% -489 -6.40% 7,639
Bonneville 11,111 55.68% 8,845 44.32% 2,266 11.35% 19,956
Boundary 1,237 45.18% 1,501 54.82% -264 -9.64% 2,738
Butte 680 40.45% 1,001 59.55% -321 -19.10% 1,681
Camas 284 46.86% 322 53.14% -38 -6.27% 606
Canyon 15,865 62.10% 9,681 37.90% 6,184 24.21% 25,546
Caribou 1,544 54.42% 1,293 45.58% 251 8.85% 2,837
Cassia 4,297 63.73% 2,445 36.27% 1,852 27.47% 6,742
Clark 283 61.66% 176 38.34% 107 23.31% 459
Clearwater 1,193 33.14% 2,407 66.86% -1,214 -33.72% 3,600
Custer 651 43.72% 838 56.28% -187 -12.56% 1,489
Elmore 2,226 47.71% 2,440 52.29% -214 -4.59% 4,666
Franklin 2,633 66.07% 1,352 33.93% 1,281 32.15% 3,985
Fremont 2,230 54.17% 1,887 45.83% 343 8.33% 4,117
Gem 2,428 55.13% 1,976 44.87% 452 10.26% 4,404
Gooding 2,523 55.72% 2,005 44.28% 518 11.44% 4,528
Idaho 2,248 40.84% 3,256 59.16% -1,008 -18.31% 5,504
Jefferson 2,625 52.51% 2,374 47.49% 251 5.02% 4,999
Jerome 3,031 58.49% 2,151 41.51% 880 16.98% 5,182
Kootenai 6,704 46.40% 7,744 53.60% -1,040 -7.20% 14,448
Latah 4,789 50.81% 4,636 49.19% 153 1.62% 9,425
Lemhi 1,355 51.36% 1,283 48.64% 72 2.73% 2,638
Lewis 781 35.29% 1,432 64.71% -651 -29.42% 2,213
Lincoln 970 55.33% 783 44.67% 187 10.67% 1,753
Madison 2,374 58.59% 1,678 41.41% 696 17.18% 4,052
Minidoka 3,360 57.66% 2,467 42.34% 893 15.33% 5,827
Nez Perce 5,203 39.58% 7,944 60.42% -2,741 -20.85% 13,147
Oneida 1,111 58.17% 799 41.83% 312 16.34% 1,910
Owyhee 1,500 57.06% 1,129 42.94% 371 14.11% 2,629
Payette 3,472 61.94% 2,133 38.06% 1,339 23.89% 5,605
Power 1,065 52.59% 960 47.41% 105 5.19% 2,025
Shoshone 3,432 40.70% 5,001 59.30% -1,569 -18.61% 8,433
Teton 714 55.65% 569 44.35% 145 11.30% 1,283
Twin Falls 12,171 62.15% 7,413 37.85% 4,758 24.30% 19,584
Valley 1,179 56.28% 916 43.72% 263 12.55% 2,095
Washington 2,251 55.86% 1,779 44.14% 472 11.71% 4,030
Totals 161,597 53.78% 138,853 46.22% 22,744 7.57% 300,450

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "United States Presidential election of 1960 - Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "1960 Election for the Forty-Fourth Term (1961-65)". Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "1960 Presidential General Election Results - Idaho". Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "The American Presidency Project - Election of 1960". Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016