United States presidential election in Maine, 1968 Article

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United States presidential election in Maine, 1968

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  HubertHumphrey.png Richard Nixon, official bw photo, head and shoulders.jpg
Nominee Hubert Humphrey Richard Nixon
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Minnesota New York [a]
Running mate Edmund Muskie Spiro Agnew
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 217,312 169,254
Percentage 55.3% 43.1%

Maine 1968 County Results.png
  Humphrey—70-80%
  Humphrey—60-70%
  Humphrey—50-60%
  Nixon—<50%
  Nixon—50-60%

President before election

Lyndon Johnson
Democratic

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican


The 1968 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 5, 1968, as part of the 1968 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all fifty states and D.C. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Maine was won by incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey by twelve percentage points over Republican challenger and former Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Humphrey received 55.30 percent of the vote in Maine, which equated to 217,312 total votes to Nixon's 43.07 percent and 169,254 total votes. Despite Nixon squeaking by Humphrey nationwide, the Vice President's decisive victory in Maine made the state about thirteen percentage points more Democratic than the nation as a whole in 1968. [1] Humphrey's win was almost certainly due to the popularity [2] and consequent " favorite son" status in Maine of his running mate Edmund Muskie. [3]

Alabama Governor George Wallace received 6,370 votes on the American Independent ticket with 1.62 percent of the vote. Despite his significant impact on the election as a whole, Wallace did not have a serious impact in Maine. Indeed, upstate Aroostook County was Wallace's weakest in the nation outside of the District of Columbia where he was not on the ballot. [1]

1968 would prove to be the last time that a Democratic presidential nominee would carry the state of Maine until Bill Clinton in 1992, and the last time that a Democrat would win an absolute majority of the popular vote in the state until Clinton also did so in 1996. The state swung heavily towards Richard Nixon in 1972, awarding him over 61 percent of the vote, which no presidential candidate of either party has surpassed since.

This is the last election as of 2017 where Maine has not voted for the same candidate as fellow New England state Vermont, and one of only two such cases since 1856. Piscataquis County would never vote Democratic again until 1996, whilst Franklin, Oxford, Penobscot, Sagadahoc and Washington Counties would not vote Democratic again until 1992, and populous Cumberland County not until 1980. [4]

Results by county

County Humphrey# Humphrey% Nixon# Nixon% Wallace# Wallace% Total votes cast
Androscoggin 26,820 71.04% 10,390 27.52% 542 1.44% 37,752
Aroostook 15,044 51.46% 13,919 47.61% 273 0.93% 29,236
Cumberland 44,697 57.27% 32,275 41.35% 1,076 1.38% 78,048
Franklin 4,307 50.10% 4,127 48.01% 162 1.88% 8,596
Hancock 4,979 35.10% 8,929 62.95% 277 1.95% 14,185
Kennebec 21,752 56.81% 16,009 41.81% 531 1.39% 38,292
Knox 5,119 42.95% 6,585 55.25% 214 1.80% 11,918
Lincoln 3,380 36.50% 5,659 61.11% 222 2.40% 9,261
Oxford 10,870 56.39% 8,030 41.66% 375 1.95% 19,275
Penobscot 24,327 54.06% 20,011 44.47% 661 1.47% 44,999
Piscataquis 3,561 51.47% 3,199 46.24% 158 2.28% 6,918
Sagadahoc 5,553 56.16% 4,126 41.73% 209 2.11% 9,888
Somerset 8,312 54.13% 6,720 43.76% 324 2.11% 15,356
Waldo 3,525 41.08% 4,821 56.19% 234 2.73% 8,580
Washington 6,249 52.16% 5,523 46.10% 208 1.74% 11,980
York 28,817 59.23% 18,931 38.91% 904 1.86% 48,652
Totals 217,312 55.30% 169,254 43.07% 6,370 1.62% 392,936

References

  1. ^ a b "1968 Presidential General Election Results - Maine". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  2. ^ Nelson, Michael; Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government (American Presidential Elections), pp. 174, 179 ISBN  0700619631
  3. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, p. 94 ISBN  0786422173
  4. ^ Menendez; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, p. 220

Notes

  1. ^ 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.