United States presidential election in Hawaii, 1960 Article

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United States presidential election in Hawaii, 1960

November 8, 1960 1964 →
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Nominee John F. Kennedy Richard Nixon
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Massachusetts California
Running mate Lyndon B. Johnson Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 92,410 92,295
Percentage 50.03% 49.97%

United States presidential election in Hawaii, 1960 results by county.svg
Results by county

President before election

Dwight Eisenhower

Elected President

John F. Kennedy

The 1960 presidential election in Hawaii was held on November 8, 1960, as part of the United States presidential election of 1960. This was the first presidential election in which Hawaii participated; the state had been admitted to the Union just over a year earlier. The islands favored Democrat John F. Kennedy by the narrowest of margins: 115 votes, or 0.06%.

Initially it appeared Republican candidate Richard Nixon had won in the state, as he was 141 votes ahead after the first count. [1] A court-ordered recount was still underway when Hawaii's Republican governor signed the certificate from the GOP electors giving the state's three electoral votes to Nixon. [1] On the same day, the Democratic electors also issued a certificate awarding the votes to Kennedy. [2] The final recount showed Kennedy had actually prevailed, forcing the governor to sign the second certificate from the Democratic electors. [3] Both certificates had arrived in Washington by the time Congress convened in January 1961, with then-Vice President Nixon charged with presiding over a joint session to certify his own election loss. Hearing no objections, [3] Nixon ordered the Democratic certificate counted and ignored the accompanying Republican certificate, [1] even though it also bore the governor's signature as required by federal law.


  1. ^ a b c Burlingame, Burl. " Hawaii was the 'Florida' of 1960 election." Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 2000-11-18. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  2. ^ Hawaii casts votes twice." Chicago Tribune. 1960-12-20. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  3. ^ a b Stern, Michael. " What the 1960 Hawaii Presidential Election Meant for Bush v. Gore." Point of Order. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-04-13.