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1968 United States presidential election in Nevada

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The 1968 United States presidential election in Nevada took place on November 5, 1968, as part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Nevada voters chose three[2] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

United States presidential election in Nevada, 1968

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  Richard Nixon portrait.jpg Hubert Humphrey crop.jpg George C Wallace.jpg
Nominee Richard Nixon Hubert Humphrey George Wallace
Party Republican Democratic Independent American
Home state New York[a] Minnesota Alabama
Running mate Spiro Agnew Edmund Muskie Curtis LeMay
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 73,188 60,598 20,432
Percentage 47.5% 39.3% 13.3%

Nevada Presidential Election Results 1968.svg

President before election

Lyndon B. Johnson
Democratic

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Since William Jennings Bryan’s three elections, Nevada had been a bellwether state voting for every winner since 1912. However, relative to the nation the Silver State had trended Republican since the end of World War II when Populist radicalism gave way to small-town and rural conservatism due to demographic and technological change.[3] Although Democrats had a large advantage in registration, the 1966 midterm elections saw Republican Lieutenant Governor Paul Laxalt take most of the Mormon and Catholic vote in traditionally Democratic Clark County,[4] which was becoming the center of the state’s rapid demographic growth. This Republican trend was aided by a fall in demand for construction work in Las Vegas and several major strikes across the state.[4]

In the early stages of the campaign, the Democratic Party viewed Nixon – despite losing strongly Catholic Nevada to Kennedy in 1960 – as much more dangerous in Nevada than Ronald Reagan or George Romney.[5] As a part of his national third party segregationist campaign, former Alabama Governor George Wallace became the first third-party candidate to obtain the necessary eight thousand signatures to get on the ballot in Nevada since his namesake for the “Progressive Party” in 1948.[6]

VoteEdit

In the earliest polls Nevada’s past Republican trend was confirmed, with it being given clearly to Nixon in the second week of September,[7] and confirmed by further polls[8] until the last few days before the election. During this period Humphrey made a brief visit to Nevada[9] and came back substantially nationwide, whilst a strong poll for Wallace made the state doubtful.[10]

Ultimately former Vice President Richard Nixon, with 47.46 percent of the popular vote,[11] won Nevada more substantially than predicted by the last polls, though by less than thought likely in September and early October. “Independent American” candidate George Wallace finished with 13.25 percent of the popular vote, close to his national average but his best performance outside the Confederacy and Border States. Wallace’s success was largely due to his endorsement by state congressman Walter S. Baring Jr., a conservative “States’ Rights Democrat” who consistently managed huge majorities in the rural “Cow Counties”.

ResultsEdit

United States presidential election in Nevada, 1968[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon 60,598 47.46%
Democratic Hubert Humphrey 156,665 39.29%
American Independent George Wallace 20,432 13.25%
Total votes 154,218 100%

Results by countyEdit

Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
Hubert Horatio Humphrey
Democratic
George Corley Wallace
Independent American
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % #
Churchill 1,954 52.25% 1,211 32.38% 575 15.37% 743 19.87% 3,740
Clark 31,522 41.99% 33,225 44.26% 10,318 13.75% -1,703 -2.27% 75,065
Douglas 1,801 64.37% 670 23.95% 327 11.69% 1,131 40.42% 2,798
Elko 2,687 54.48% 1,686 34.18% 559 11.33% 1,001 20.30% 4,932
Esmeralda 138 39.09% 118 33.43% 97 27.48% 20 5.67% 353
Eureka 277 56.53% 149 30.41% 64 13.06% 128 26.12% 490
Humboldt 1,287 50.97% 885 35.05% 353 13.98% 402 15.92% 2,525
Lander 461 50.72% 301 33.11% 147 16.17% 160 17.60% 909
Lincoln 555 49.87% 414 37.20% 144 12.94% 141 12.67% 1,113
Lyon 1,616 53.88% 939 31.31% 444 14.80% 677 22.57% 2,999
Mineral 927 32.31% 1,242 43.29% 700 24.40% -315 -10.98% 2,869
Nye 843 40.70% 728 35.15% 500 24.14% 115 5.55% 2,071
Ormsby 3,169 56.58% 1,770 31.60% 662 11.82% 1,399 24.98% 5,601
Pershing 567 46.74% 466 38.42% 180 14.84% 101 8.33% 1,213
Storey 222 50.00% 172 38.74% 50 11.26% 50 11.26% 444
Washoe 23,492 54.65% 14,560 33.87% 4,936 11.48% 8,932 20.78% 42,988
White Pine 1,670 40.65% 2,062 50.19% 376 9.15% -392 -9.54% 4,108
Totals 73,188 47.46% 60,598 39.29% 20,432 13.25% 12,590 8.16% 154,218

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Although he was born in California and he served as a U.S. Senator from California, in 1968 Richard Nixon’s official state of residence was New York, because he moved there to practice law after his defeat in the 1962 California gubernatorial election. During his first term as president, Nixon re-established his residency in California. Consequently, most reliable reference books list Nixon’s home state as New York in the 1968 election and his home state as California in the 1972 (and 1960) election.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "United States Presidential election of 1968 – Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "1968 Election for the Forty-Sixth Term (1969-73)". Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Phillips, Kevin P.; The Emerging Republican Majority, pp. 458, 463 ISBN 9780691163246
  4. ^ a b Bushnell; Eleanore; ‘The 1966 Election in Nevada’, The Western Political Quarterly, volume 20, no. 2, Part 2 (June 1967), pp. 581-585
  5. ^ Turner, Wallace; ‘Democrats Chart Strategy in West: Delegates From Six States Discuss Campaign Plans’; New York Times, January 15, 1968, p. 24
  6. ^ ‘Wallace Wins Spot on Nevada Ballot’; The Washington Post, May 2, 1968, p. A2
  7. ^ Broder, David S.; ‘Early Analysis Gives Nixon Commanding Lead in Race’ The Washington Post, September 10, 1968, p. A15
  8. ^ ‘Gallup Gives Nixon Big Lead in Midwest and West’; New York Times (Special); October 25, 1968, p. 17
  9. ^ Bushnell, Eleanore and Driggs, Don W.; The Western Political Quarterly, volume 22, no. 3 (September 1969), pp. 504-509
  10. ^ ‘A Final State-by-State Political Survey...: ...A Last Reading on the Campaign of 1968’; The Washington Post, November 3, 1968, p. B4
  11. ^ "The American Presidency Project – Election of 1968". Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "1968 Presidential General Election Results – Nevada". Retrieved May 25, 2017.