1960 United States presidential election in Nebraska

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

1960 United States presidential election in Nebraska

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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 6 0
Popular vote 380,553 232,542
Percentage 62.1% 37.9%

Nebraska Presidential Election Results 1960.svg
County Results

President before election

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Elected President

John F. Kennedy

Nebraska was won by incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon (RCalifornia), running with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., with 62.07% of the popular vote, against Senator John F. Kennedy (DMassachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 37.93% of the popular vote.[3][4]

With 62.07% of the popular vote, Nebraska would prove to be Nixon's strongest state in the 1960 election.[5]


Democratic primaryEdit

Kennedy won the state's Democratic primary.[6]

While an effort by Stuart Symington or Hubert Humphrey could have, on paper, been successful in Nebraska's primary, Kennedy had managed to outmaneuver them, laying early groundwork which gave him a solid lead in the state.[7]

Kennedy managed, in early 1958, to secure Bernard Boyle's support.[7]

By the time that others such as Humphrey, Symington, and Johnson began to inquire with Boyle about their own prospective candidacies, they learned that they had a arrived a year too late.[7]

Kennedy went in to win the primary, unchallenged.[7] With the exception of Kennedy, all candidates were write-ins.[6]

Nebraska Democratic Presidential Primary Results – 1960[6]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John F. Kennedy 80,408 88.7%
Democratic Stuart Symington 4,083 4.5%
Democratic Hubert Humphrey 3,202 3.5%
Democratic Adlai Stevenson 1,368 1.5%
Democratic Lyndon B. Johnson 962 1.1%
Democratic Others 669 0.7%
Totals 90,692 100.00%

Republican primaryEdit

Nixon won the state's Republican primary.[6] All candidates were write-ins.[6]

Nebraska Republican Presidential Primary Results – 1960[6]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Richard Nixon 74,356 93.8%
Republican Nelson Rockefeller 2,028 2.6%
Republican Barry Goldwater 1,068 1.3%
Republican Others 1,805 2.3%


79,257 100.00%


1960 United States presidential election in Nebraska
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon 380,553 62.07%
Democratic John F. Kennedy 232,542 37.93%
Total votes 613,095 100%


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  2. ^ "1960 Election for the Forty-Fourth Term (1961-65)". Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "1960 Presidential General Election Results - Nebraska". Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "The American Presidency Project - Election of 1960". Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "1960 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "RESULTS OF 1960 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PRIMARIES". John F. Kennedy presidential library. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Oliphant, Thomas; Wilkie, Curtis (2017). The road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign. Simon & Schuster.