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1968 United States presidential election in Ohio

The 1968 United States presidential election in Ohio took place on November 5, 1968. All fifty states and The District of Columbia were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Ohio voters chose twenty-six electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1968 United States presidential election in Ohio

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Nominee Richard Nixon Hubert Humphrey George Wallace
Party Republican Democratic American Independent
Home state New York[a] Minnesota Alabama
Running mate Spiro Agnew Edmund Muskie Curtis LeMay
Electoral vote 26 0 0
Popular vote 1,791,014 1,700,586 467,495
Percentage 45.2% 43.0% 11.8%

Map of election results by county
County Results

President before election

Lyndon B. Johnson
Democratic

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

Ohio was won by the Republican Party candidate, former Vice President Richard Nixon by a narrow margin of 2.28 percent. Nixon won the vast majority of Ohio’s counties, including the major cities of Columbus, Cincinnati, and Hamilton. The Democratic Party candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, kept the race close by winning the major cities of Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Youngstown, Lorain, and Springfield.

The American Independent Party candidate, former Alabama governor George Wallace, had his best performance in the Midwestern United States, taking 11.81% of the popular vote, despite being far from his base of support in the Deep South. This was due to Ohio's presence along the borders of Kentucky and West Virginia, which are considered part of the southern United States. In the north, Wallace appealed to blue-collar workers and union members who usually voted Democratic, but who had become disgruntled with the racial violence and anti-Vietnam War protests. As a result, this split in the Democratic vote between Humphrey and Wallace was enough for Nixon to narrowly carry Ohio.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Mercer County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.[1]

ResultsEdit

1968 United States presidential election in Ohio[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 1,791,014 45.23% 26
Democrat Hubert Humphrey 1,700,586 42.95% 0
American Independent George Wallace 467,495 11.81% 0
No party Dick Gregory (write-in) 372 0.01% 0
No party Henning A. Blomen (write-in) 120 0.00% 0
No party Fred Halstead (write-in) 69 0.00% 0
No party Charlene Mitchell (write-in) 23 0.00% 0
No party E. Harold Munn (write-in) 19 0.00% 0
Totals 3,959,698 100.00% 26
Voter turnout (Voting age) 63%

Results by countyEdit

Richard M. Nixon
Republican
Hubert H. Humphrey
Democratic
George C. Wallace
American Independent
Various candidates
Write-ins
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % # % #
Adams 3,973 51.54% 2,685 34.83% 1,049 13.61% 1 0.01% 1,288 16.71% 7,708
Allen 23,124 60.30% 10,994 28.67% 4,231 11.03% 12,130 31.63% 38,349
Ashland 9,745 62.49% 4,526 29.02% 1,323 8.48% 5,219 33.47% 15,594
Ashtabula 17,058 46.66% 16,738 45.79% 2,753 7.53% 6 0.02% 320 0.88% 36,555
Athens 7,837 47.79% 7,351 44.82% 1,207 7.36% 5 0.03% 486 2.96% 16,400
Auglaize 9,368 56.96% 5,550 33.74% 1,528 9.29% 1 0.01% 3,818 23.21% 16,447
Belmont 11,512 31.94% 22,056 61.19% 2,478 6.87% -10,544 -29.25% 36,046
Brown 4,700 44.27% 3,610 34.00% 2,307 21.73% 1,090 10.27% 10,617
Butler 35,962 48.73% 23,649 32.04% 14,188 19.22% 3 0.00% 12,313 16.68% 73,802
Carroll 4,634 52.39% 3,119 35.26% 1,092 12.34% 1 0.01% 1,515 17.13% 8,846
Champaign 6,863 53.83% 4,264 33.44% 1,621 12.71% 2 0.02% 2,599 20.38% 12,750
Clark 23,748 43.58% 24,029 44.10% 6,710 12.31% 4 0.01% -281 -0.52% 54,491
Clermont 15,299 48.04% 8,859 27.82% 7,690 24.15% 1 0.00% 6,440 20.22% 31,849
Clinton 6,265 56.56% 2,982 26.92% 1,830 16.52% 3,283 29.64% 11,077
Columbiana 19,947 46.21% 19,382 44.90% 3,832 8.88% 9 0.02% 565 1.31% 43,170
Coshocton 7,256 53.59% 5,013 37.03% 1,270 9.38% 2,243 16.57% 13,539
Crawford 11,898 56.64% 6,737 32.07% 2,373 11.30% 5,161 24.57% 21,008
Cuyahoga 238,791 35.44% 363,540 53.95% 71,360 10.59% 148 0.02% -124,749 -18.51% 673,839
Darke 10,926 53.78% 7,371 36.28% 2,015 9.92% 3 0.01% 3,555 17.50% 20,315
Defiance 7,348 52.64% 5,686 40.73% 925 6.63% 1,662 11.91% 13,959
Delaware 9,029 57.72% 4,056 25.93% 2,557 16.34% 2 0.01% 4,973 31.79% 15,644
Erie 13,023 48.50% 11,388 42.41% 2,437 9.08% 1 0.00% 1,635 6.09% 26,849
Fairfield 14,810 52.03% 9,533 33.49% 4,124 14.49% 5,277 18.54% 28,467
Fayette 5,339 51.99% 2,966 28.88% 1,962 19.11% 2 0.02% 2,373 23.11% 10,269
Franklin 148,933 51.78% 101,240 35.20% 37,390 13.00% 61 0.02% 47,693 16.58% 287,624
Fulton 7,817 64.14% 3,338 27.39% 1,033 8.48% 4,479 36.75% 12,188
Gallia 5,134 58.10% 2,660 30.10% 1,039 11.76% 3 0.03% 2,474 28.00% 8,836
Geauga 11,857 51.76% 7,825 34.16% 3,226 14.08% 4,032 17.60% 22,908
Greene 17,589 45.36% 15,178 39.14% 5,999 15.47% 9 0.02% 2,411 6.22% 38,775
Guernsey 7,336 49.44% 5,815 39.19% 1,685 11.36% 1 0.01% 1,521 10.25% 14,837
Hamilton 183,611 50.24% 135,057 36.95% 46,742 12.79% 73 0.02% 48,554 13.28% 365,483
Hancock 15,032 61.08% 6,918 28.11% 2,659 10.80% 8,114 32.97% 24,609
Hardin 6,963 53.82% 4,180 32.31% 1,794 13.87% 2,783 21.51% 12,937
Harrison 3,532 45.87% 3,594 46.68% 574 7.45% -62 -0.81% 7,700
Henry 6,970 63.21% 3,256 29.53% 799 7.25% 1 0.01% 3,714 33.68% 11,026
Highland 6,489 51.81% 3,828 30.56% 2,208 17.63% 2,661 21.25% 12,525
Hocking 3,998 45.94% 3,701 42.53% 1,003 11.53% 297 3.41% 8,702
Holmes 3,350 58.47% 1,898 33.13% 479 8.36% 2 0.03% 1,452 25.34% 5,729
Huron 9,456 53.38% 6,515 36.78% 1,741 9.83% 2 0.01% 2,941 16.60% 17,714
Jackson 5,870 53.52% 4,021 36.66% 1,077 9.82% 1,849 16.86% 10,968
Jefferson 12,949 33.53% 21,917 56.76% 3,740 9.69% 9 0.02% -8,968 -23.22% 38,615
Knox 9,072 55.01% 5,725 34.71% 1,695 10.28% 3,347 20.29% 16,492
Lake 28,450 43.40% 27,932 42.61% 9,160 13.97% 17 0.03% 518 0.79% 65,559
Lawrence 9,782 46.75% 8,671 41.44% 2,470 11.81% 1,111 5.31% 20,923
Licking 19,542 48.89% 15,021 37.58% 5,405 13.52% 2 0.01% 4,521 11.31% 39,970
Logan 8,362 56.12% 4,889 32.81% 1,647 11.05% 1 0.01% 3,473 23.31% 14,899
Lorain 34,252 39.95% 42,642 49.74% 8,825 10.29% 8 0.01% -8,390 -9.79% 85,727
Lucas 69,403 38.98% 91,346 51.31% 17,260 9.69% 28 0.02% -21,943 -12.32% 178,037
Madison 5,882 57.15% 2,780 27.01% 1,631 15.85% 3,102 30.14% 10,293
Mahoning 42,948 34.75% 68,433 55.38% 12,189 9.86% 8 0.01% -25,485 -20.62% 123,578
Marion 12,887 53.10% 8,611 35.48% 2,772 11.42% 1 0.00% 4,276 17.62% 24,271
Medina 14,089 52.31% 9,194 34.14% 3,632 13.49% 18 0.07% 4,895 18.17% 26,933
Meigs 4,759 56.29% 2,921 34.55% 774 9.15% 1 0.01% 1,838 21.74% 8,455
Mercer 6,313 44.43% 6,801 47.86% 1,095 7.71% -488 -3.43% 14,209
Miami 16,997 50.62% 13,228 39.40% 3,348 9.97% 4 0.01% 3,769 11.22% 33,577
Monroe 2,686 42.27% 3,105 48.87% 562 8.84% 1 0.02% -419 -6.59% 6,354
Montgomery 84,766 40.93% 96,082 46.39% 26,232 12.67% 40 0.02% -11,316 -5.46% 207,120
Morgan 3,030 57.51% 1,789 33.95% 450 8.54% 1,241 23.55% 5,269
Morrow 4,898 55.58% 2,405 27.29% 1,509 17.12% 2,493 28.29% 8,812
Muskingum 15,260 48.13% 13,089 41.28% 3,356 10.59% 2,171 6.85% 31,705
Noble 2,615 53.06% 1,726 35.02% 587 11.91% 889 18.04% 4,928
Ottawa 7,149 47.30% 6,319 41.81% 1,647 10.90% 830 5.49% 15,115
Paulding 4,074 53.01% 2,703 35.17% 908 11.82% 1,371 17.84% 7,685
Perry 4,815 44.96% 4,811 44.92% 1,084 10.12% 4 0.04% 10,710
Pickaway 6,690 53.25% 3,536 28.14% 2,335 18.58% 3 0.02% 3,154 25.10% 12,564
Pike 3,247 40.01% 3,445 42.45% 1,423 17.54% -198 -2.44% 8,115
Portage 15,064 41.27% 16,348 44.78% 5,093 13.95% -1,284 -3.52% 36,505
Preble 6,544 52.63% 3,817 30.70% 2,073 16.67% 2,727 21.93% 12,434
Putnam 7,188 59.38% 3,530 29.16% 1,387 11.46% 3,658 30.22% 12,105
Richland 23,484 53.63% 14,988 34.23% 5,311 12.13% 4 0.01% 8,496 19.40% 43,787
Ross 11,284 50.72% 6,873 30.90% 4,087 18.37% 2 0.01% 4,411 19.83% 22,246
Sandusky 11,696 53.10% 8,581 38.96% 1,745 7.92% 3 0.01% 3,115 14.14% 22,025
Scioto 15,310 47.37% 13,836 42.81% 3,171 9.81% 1,474 4.56% 32,317
Seneca 12,040 52.30% 8,970 38.97% 2,010 8.73% 3,070 13.34% 23,020
Shelby 7,248 47.60% 6,479 42.55% 1,499 9.85% 769 5.05% 15,226
Stark 68,414 47.88% 57,675 40.36% 16,775 11.74% 24 0.02% 10,739 7.52% 142,888
Summit 82,649 39.56% 100,068 47.89% 26,157 12.52% 67 0.03% -17,419 -8.34% 208,941
Trumbull 33,076 39.97% 40,365 48.77% 9,314 11.25% 5 0.01% -7,289 -8.81% 82,760
Tuscarawas 14,102 43.44% 15,617 48.11% 2,741 8.44% 1 0.00% -1,515 -4.67% 32,461
Union 6,415 62.66% 2,431 23.74% 1,392 13.60% 3,984 38.91% 10,238
Van Wert 7,835 57.92% 4,360 32.23% 1,332 9.85% 3,475 25.69% 13,527
Vinton 2,219 52.31% 1,608 37.91% 414 9.76% 1 0.02% 611 14.40% 4,242
Warren 12,663 48.68% 6,756 25.97% 6,595 25.35% 5,907 22.71% 26,014
Washington 11,888 58.25% 6,922 33.92% 1,597 7.83% 1 0.00% 4,966 24.33% 20,408
Wayne 15,151 58.34% 8,891 34.24% 1,924 7.41% 4 0.02% 6,260 24.10% 25,970
Williams 8,059 59.76% 4,456 33.04% 970 7.19% 3,603 26.72% 13,485
Wood 16,111 53.81% 10,867 36.30% 2,952 9.86% 9 0.03% 5,244 17.52% 29,939
Wyandot 5,265 57.90% 2,919 32.10% 910 10.01% 2,346 25.80% 9,094
Totals 1,791,014 45.23% 1,700,586 42.95% 467,495 11.81% 603 0.02% 90,428 2.28% 3,959,698

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. ^ 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. ^ "1968 Presidential General Election Results – Ohio". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2012-02-24.