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1968 United States presidential election in North Carolina

The 1968 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 5, 1968, and was part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1968 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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Nominee Richard M. Nixon George Wallace Hubert Humphrey
Party Republican American Independent Democratic
Home state New York[a] Alabama Minnesota
Running mate Spiro T. Agnew Curtis LeMay Edmund Muskie
Electoral vote 12 1 0
Popular vote 627,192 496,188 464,113
Percentage 39.5% 31.3% 29.2%

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County results

President before election

Lyndon B. Johnson

Elected President

Richard Nixon

The vote in North Carolina was split three ways, between Republican nominee Richard Nixon, Democratic nominee Hubert Humphrey, and American Independent Party nominee George Wallace. Nixon won the state, with 39.5 percent of the vote, while Wallace's 31.3 percent pushed Humphrey into third on 29.2 percent. Nixon won twelve of the state’s electoral votes, while one faithless elector that had been pledged to Nixon voted instead for Wallace. Nixon became the first Republican to carry North Carolina in a presidential election since Herbert Hoover in 1928. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Wayne County and Lenoir County did not vote for the Republican presidential candidate.[1]


United States presidential election in North Carolina, 1968[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 627,192 39.51% 12
American Independent George Wallace 496,188 31.26% 1
Democratic Hubert Humphrey 464,113 29.24% 0
Totals 1,587,493 100.0% 13
Voter turnout


  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.


  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ Leip, Dave (2005). "1968 Presidential General Election Results - North Carolina". US Election Atlas. Retrieved 22 July 2011.