Alaska was won by incumbent President
Lyndon B. Johnson (
Texas) with 65.9% of the popular vote against U.S. Senator
Barry Goldwater (
Arizona) with 34.1%. Johnson won the national vote as well, defeating Goldwater and serving a full term after finishing the
assassinatedJohn 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), 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. 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.