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1960 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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

United States presidential election in South Dakota, 1960

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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 178,417 128,070
Percentage 58.2% 41.8%

President before election

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Republican

Elected President

John F. Kennedy
Democratic

South Dakota was won by incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon (RCalifornia), running with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., with 58.21% of the popular vote, against Senator John F. Kennedy (DMassachusetts), running with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, with 41.79% of the popular vote.[3][4] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Todd County voted for the Republican candidate.

With 58.21% of the popular vote, South Dakota would prove to be Nixon's fifth strongest state in the 1960 election after Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Vermont.[5]

PrimariesEdit

Both the Republican and Democratic parties held primaries on June 7.[6][7]

Democratic primaryEdit

Hubert Humphrey was unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot.[6] Kennedy had decided against competing in the state because he recognized that Humphrey, who had grown up in the state, had a distinct advantage there.[6]

South Dakota Democratic Presidential Primary Results – 1960[7]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Hubert Humphrey 24,773 100.00%
Totals 24,773 100%

Republican primaryEdit

No candidates ran in the Republican primary.

South Dakota Republican Presidential Primary Results – 1960[7]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Unpledged delegates 48,461 100%
Totals 48,461 100%

ResultsEdit

United States presidential election in South Dakota, 1960
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon 178,417 58.21%
Democratic John F. Kennedy 128,070 41.79%
Total votes 306,487 100%

ReferencesEdit

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