Alaska has only voted Democratic once, and that was in the previous 1964 election for incumbent President
Lyndon B. Johnson, who did not run for re-election; nonetheless, during the state’s first four presidential elections Alaska was little or no more Republican than the nation at-large. Nixon’s 45.28 percent stood 1.86 percent above his national figure and Humphrey’s 42.65 percent a trifling 0.07 percent below his national total. As usual, the Democrats were strongest in the Bering Sea coastal regions: Humphrey obtained a majority of the vote in
Bethel Census Area,
North Slope Borough,
Northwest Arctic Borough and a plurality in
Nome Census Area. Defections to Wallace may have permitted Humphrey to win a plurality in
Kenai Peninsula Borough, which as of 2017 remain the last time a Democrat has carried this borough; Humphrey also carried
Sitka City and Borough and
Yakutat City and Borough, which would subsequently vote Democratic only in 1992, 2012 and (Sitka only) in 2016. Nixon won the remainder of Alaska; however he obtained an absolute majority only in the southern boroughs and census areas of
Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan.
Despite Alaska lying at the opposite end of the country from Wallace’s support base in the
Deep South, he did not fare badly in the relatively heavily populated areas of Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula and the Susitna Valley: indeed in
Kenai Peninsula Borough Wallace received over twenty percent of the vote. Wallace’s 12.07 percent of Alaska’s vote was 1.46 percent below his percentage for the nation at-large, but nonetheless his third-greatest outside
antebellum slave states[b] and
Oklahoma[c] behind 13.25 percent in Nevada and 12.55 percent in Idaho.
United States presidential election in Alaska, 1968
^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.