1968 Election Results 2020

The 1968 U.S. presidential election was the 46th quadrennial presidential election. The election was between Republican candidate Richard Nixon and Democratic candidate Hubert H. Humphrey. George Wallace was the third-party candidate presidential candidate for the newly formed American Independent Party.

The election took place during turbulent times in the United States. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and, as a result, race riots sprung up across the country. Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was also assassinated. On American universities and college campuses, demonstrations against the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War were widespread and anti-war protestors had violent confrontations with police outside of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

The incumbent president Lyndon B. Johnson was the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s nomination early on but withdrew from the race after the New Hampshire primary. Eugene McCarthy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Hubert Humphrey remained the three major candidates in the Democratic primaries until Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968. Humphrey, who was Johnson’s Vice President, would win the nominations. The Democratic convention in Chicago was disrupted by organized demonstrations from several activist groups including the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and the Youth International Party (“Yippies”).

Richard Nixon, who had been President Eisenhower’s Vice President and lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960, declared that new leadership in the White House would end the Vietnam War. He announced his candidacy and entered the New Hampshire primary. Nixon won every primary that he entered except for Massachusetts. At the Republican National Convention, Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew won Nixon’s nomination when he released his delegation and declared for Nixon. Agnew became Nixon’s running mate for the election.

During the general election, the main topics of discussion were Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. During the general election campaign, Humphrey was taunted by crowds accusing him of following President Johnson’s policies, putting up a sound barrier that prevented him from being heard by the audience. Nixon called him “tragically naïve.” Humphrey trailed Nixon in the polls during the early part of the campaign until Humphrey elected to stop bombing North Vietnam, which caused young people to listen to him and drown out the hecklers.

Five days before the election, President Johnson announced that the U.S. bombing would stop in North Vietnam the next morning. While this was seen to aid Humphrey’s campaign, it was not enough to push him ahead in the polls.

On November 5, 1968, the American people voted for their new president.

Richard Nixon won the following states in the 1968 election:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Hubert Humphrey won the following states in the 1968 election:

  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

George Wallace won the following states in the 1968 election:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi

The popular vote results were 31,710,470 for Nixon, 30,898,055 for Humphrey, and 9,906,473 for Wallace. Nixon received 301 electoral votes, Humphrey received 191, and Wallace received 46. Wallace’s electoral vote tally of 46 marks the most recent election in which a third party candidate has won Electoral Votes.

Richard Nixon became the United States’ 37th president and was inaugurated on January 20, 1969.

1968 Election Results 2020

Source:

Presidential Election - 1968

Nixon*
301
Humphrey
191
Wallace
46
AL
Richard Nixon13.99%
Hubert Humphrey18.72%
George Wallace66.86%
AK
Richard Nixon45.28%
Hubert Humphrey42.65%
George Wallace12.07%
AZ
Richard Nixon54.78%
Hubert Humphrey35.02%
George Wallace9.56%
AR
Richard Nixon31.01%
Hubert Humphrey30.33%
George Wallace38.65%
CA
Richard Nixon47.82%
Hubert Humphrey44.74%
George Wallace6.72%
CO
Richard Nixon50.46%
Hubert Humphrey41.32%
George Wallace7.5%
CT
Richard Nixon44.32%
Hubert Humphrey49.48%
George Wallace6.1%
DE
Richard Nixon49%
Hubert Humphrey51%
George Wallace0%
DC
Richard Nixon18.18%
Hubert Humphrey81.82%
George Wallace0%
FL
Richard Nixon40.53%
Hubert Humphrey30.93%
George Wallace28.53%
GA
Richard Nixon30.4%
Hubert Humphrey26.75%
George Wallace42.83%
HI
Richard Nixon38.7%
Hubert Humphrey59.83%
George Wallace1.47%
ID
Richard Nixon56.79%
Hubert Humphrey30.66%
George Wallace12.55%
IL
Richard Nixon47.08%
Hubert Humphrey44.15%
George Wallace8.46%
IN
Richard Nixon50.29%
Hubert Humphrey37.99%
George Wallace11.45%
IA
Richard Nixon53.01%
Hubert Humphrey40.82%
George Wallace5.69%
KS
Richard Nixon54.84%
Hubert Humphrey34.72%
George Wallace10.19%
KY
Richard Nixon43.79%
Hubert Humphrey37.65%
George Wallace18.29%
LA
Richard Nixon23.47%
Hubert Humphrey28.21%
George Wallace48.32%
ME
Richard Nixon43.07%
Hubert Humphrey55.3%
George Wallace1.62%
MD
Richard Nixon41.94%
Hubert Humphrey43.59%
George Wallace14.47%
MA
Richard Nixon32.89%
Hubert Humphrey63.01%
George Wallace3.73%
MI
Richard Nixon41.46%
Hubert Humphrey48.18%
George Wallace10.04%
MN
Richard Nixon41.46%
Hubert Humphrey54%
George Wallace4.34%
MS
Richard Nixon13.52%
Hubert Humphrey23.02%
George Wallace63.46%
MO
Richard Nixon44.87%
Hubert Humphrey43.74%
George Wallace11.39%
MT
Richard Nixon50.6%
Hubert Humphrey41.59%
George Wallace7.29%
NE
Richard Nixon59.82%
Hubert Humphrey31.81%
George Wallace8.36%
NV
Richard Nixon47.46%
Hubert Humphrey39.29%
George Wallace13.25%
NH
Richard Nixon52.1%
Hubert Humphrey43.93%
George Wallace3.76%
NJ
Richard Nixon46.1%
Hubert Humphrey43.97%
George Wallace9.12%
NM
Richard Nixon51.85%
Hubert Humphrey39.75%
George Wallace7.86%
NY
Richard Nixon44.3%
Hubert Humphrey49.76%
George Wallace5.29%
NC
Richard Nixon39.51%
Hubert Humphrey29.24%
George Wallace31.26%
ND
Richard Nixon55.94%
Hubert Humphrey38.23%
George Wallace5.75%
OH
Richard Nixon45.23%
Hubert Humphrey42.95%
George Wallace11.81%
OK
Richard Nixon47.68%
Hubert Humphrey31.99%
George Wallace20.33%
OR
Richard Nixon49.83%
Hubert Humphrey43.78%
George Wallace6.06%
PA
Richard Nixon44.02%
Hubert Humphrey47.59%
George Wallace7.97%
RI
Richard Nixon31.78%
Hubert Humphrey64.03%
George Wallace4.07%
SC
Richard Nixon38.09%
Hubert Humphrey29.61%
George Wallace32.3%
SD
Richard Nixon53.27%
Hubert Humphrey41.96%
George Wallace4.76%
TN
Richard Nixon37.85%
Hubert Humphrey28.13%
George Wallace34.02%
TX
Richard Nixon39.87%
Hubert Humphrey41.14%
George Wallace18.97%
UT
Richard Nixon56.49%
Hubert Humphrey37.07%
George Wallace6.37%
VT
Richard Nixon52.75%
Hubert Humphrey43.53%
George Wallace3.16%
VA
Richard Nixon43.36%
Hubert Humphrey32.49%
George Wallace23.64%
WA
Richard Nixon45.12%
Hubert Humphrey47.23%
George Wallace7.44%
WV
Richard Nixon40.78%
Hubert Humphrey49.6%
George Wallace9.62%
WI
Richard Nixon47.89%
Hubert Humphrey44.27%
George Wallace7.56%
WY
Richard Nixon55.76%
Hubert Humphrey35.51%
George Wallace8.73%

Last Updated: 2016-11-27

1968 Election Results

Source:
State Democrat Republican Am. Independent
Alabama18.72%13.99%66.86%
Alaska42.65%45.28%12.07%
Arizona35.02%54.78%9.56%
Arkansas30.33%31.01%38.65%
California44.74%47.82%6.72%
Colorado41.32%50.46%7.50%
Connecticut49.48%44.32%6.10%
Delaware51.00%49.00%0.00%
District of Columbia81.82%18.18%0.00%
Florida30.93%40.53%28.53%
Georgia26.75%30.40%42.83%
Hawaii59.83%38.70%1.47%
Idaho30.66%56.79%12.55%
Illinois44.15%47.08%8.46%
Indiana37.99%50.29%11.45%
Iowa40.82%53.01%5.69%
Kansas34.72%54.84%10.19%
Kentucky37.65%43.79%18.29%
Louisiana28.21%23.47%48.32%
Maine55.30%43.07%1.62%
Maryland43.59%41.94%14.47%
Massachusetts63.01%32.89%3.73%
Michigan48.18%41.46%10.04%
Minnesota54.00%41.46%4.34%
Mississippi23.02%13.52%63.46%
Missouri43.74%44.87%11.39%
Montana41.59%50.60%7.29%
Nebraska31.81%59.82%8.36%
Nevada39.29%47.46%13.25%
New Hampshire43.93%52.10%3.76%
New Jersey43.97%46.10%9.12%
New Mexico39.75%51.85%7.86%
New York49.76%44.30%5.29%
North Carolina29.24%39.51%31.26%
North Dakota38.23%55.94%5.75%
Ohio42.95%45.23%11.81%
Oklahoma31.99%47.68%20.33%
Oregon43.78%49.83%6.06%
Pennsylvania47.59%44.02%7.97%
Rhode Island64.03%31.78%4.07%
South Carolina29.61%38.09%32.30%
South Dakota41.96%53.27%4.76%
Tennessee28.13%37.85%34.02%
Texas41.14%39.87%18.97%
Utah37.07%56.49%6.37%
Vermont43.53%52.75%3.16%
Virginia32.49%43.36%23.64%
Washington47.23%45.12%7.44%
West Virginia49.60%40.78%9.62%
Wisconsin44.27%47.89%7.56%
Wyoming35.51%55.76%8.73%