1964 United States presidential election in Alaska Article

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United States presidential election in Alaska, 1964

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Nominee Lyndon B. Johnson Barry Goldwater
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Texas Arizona
Running mate Hubert Humphrey William E. Miller
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 44,329 22,930
Percentage 65.91% 34.09%

President before election

Lyndon B. Johnson

Elected President

Lyndon B. Johnson

The 1964 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 3, 1964, as part of the 1964 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson ( D- Texas) with 65.9% of the popular vote against U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater ( R- Arizona) with 34.1%. [1] Johnson won the national vote as well, defeating Goldwater and serving a full term after finishing the assassinated John F. Kennedy’s term. This is the first and only presidential election when Alaska has ever voted for a Democratic candidate, partially due to Johnson’s landslide victory throughout the rest of the country (except for the Deep South and Goldwater’s home state), [1] and partially because during its first four presidential elections Alaska was not anomalously Republican relative to the nation at-large, which the state would become and remain very strongly from 1976 onwards. [2] Indeed, despite Johnson’s landslide, Alaska came out of the 1964 election as 4.63 percent more Democratic than the nation at-large on a two-party basis.

At a more local level, all boroughs and census areas voted for Johnson, and the relatively populous boroughs of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Fairbanks North Star, Ketchikan Gateway and Kodiak Island have never voted for a Democratic candidate since [3] – although Matanuska-Susitna was the most populous amongst fifteen county-equivalents who gave a plurality to Ross Perot in 1992. [4] The Aleutians East and Aleutians West have also not voted Democratic since.

Alaska was one of the three states that voted with a certain party for the first time in this election, the other two being Georgia and Vermont.


United States presidential election in Alaska, 1964 [1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Lyndon B. Johnson ( incumbent) 44,329 65.91% 3
Republican Barry Goldwater 22,930 34.09% 0
Totals 67,259 100.00% 3