United States presidential election in Virginia, 1968 Article

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United States presidential election in Virginia, 1968

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  Richard Nixon, official bw photo, head and shoulders.jpg HubertHumphrey.png George C Wallace.jpg
Nominee Richard Nixon Hubert Humphrey George Wallace
Party Republican Democratic American Independent
Home state New York [a] Minnesota Alabama
Running mate Spiro Agnew Edmund Muskie Curtis LeMay
Electoral vote 12 0 0
Popular vote 590,319 442,387 320,272
Percentage 43.4% 32.5% 23.6%

Virginia Presidential Election Results 1968.svg
County results

President before election

Lyndon B. Johnson
Democratic

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican


The 1968 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 5, 1968. All fifty states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Virginia voters chose twelve electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

Virginia was won by former Vice President Richard Nixon of New York with 43.41 percent of the vote, who was running against incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota and former Alabama Governor George Wallace. Nixon also won the national election with 43.42 percent of the vote. Regardless, all candidates had strong regional support in the state; Nixon’s votes came mostly from Northern Virginia and the Appalachian Mountain areas, while Humphrey’s votes were mainly from the Tidewater region and coal counties in Southwest Virginia. Wallace received the most votes in the Southern Virginia counties. [1]

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last occasion when James City County and Powhatan County have voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. It is also the last occasion when Lunenburg County, Mecklenburg County and Pittsylvania County have not voted for the Republican nominee. [2] Essex County would not vote Democratic again until 1996. [3]

Results

United States presidential election in Virginia, 1968 [4]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 590,319 43.41% 12
Democratic Hubert Humphrey 442,387 32.53% 0
American Independent George Wallace 320,272 23.55% 0
Socialist Labor Henning A. Blomen 4,671 0.34% 0
Peace and Freedom Dick Gregory 1,680 0.12% 0
Prohibition E. Harold Munn 599 0.04% 0
Totals 1,359,928 100.00% 12

Results by county

Richard M. Nixon
Republican
Hubert H. Humphrey
Democratic
George C. Wallace
American Independent
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County or Independent City # % # % # % # % # % #
Accomack County 3,231 35.19% 2,467 26.87% 3,460 37.69% 23 0.25% -229 [b] -2.49% 9,181
Albemarle County 4,512 53.45% 2,255 26.71% 1,657 19.63% 17 0.20% 2,257 26.74% 8,441
Alleghany County 1,649 43.47% 988 26.05% 1,153 30.40% 3 0.08% 496 [b] 13.08% 3,793
Amelia County 857 33.90% 830 32.83% 832 32.91% 9 0.36% 25 [b] 0.99% 2,528
Amherst County 2,656 39.80% 1,543 23.12% 2,449 36.69% 26 0.39% 207 [b] 3.10% 6,674
Appomattox County 1,753 43.42% 756 18.73% 1,512 37.45% 16 0.40% 241 [b] 5.97% 4,037
Arlington County 28,163 45.92% 26,107 42.57% 6,746 11.00% 310 0.51% 2,056 3.35% 61,326
Augusta County 6,313 57.92% 2,028 18.61% 2,483 22.78% 76 0.70% 3,830 [b] 35.14% 10,900
Bath County 872 45.97% 494 26.04% 529 27.89% 2 0.11% 343 [b] 18.08% 1,897
Bedford County 2,807 35.80% 1,574 20.08% 3,316 42.30% 143 1.82% -509 [b] -6.49% 7,840
Bland County 938 50.38% 560 30.08% 361 19.39% 3 0.16% 378 20.30% 1,862
Botetourt County 2,598 50.54% 1,272 24.75% 1,267 24.65% 3 0.06% 1,326 25.80% 5,140
Brunswick County 1,139 22.13% 1,910 37.11% 2,088 40.57% 10 0.19% -178 [c] -3.46% 5,147
Buchanan County 3,699 37.68% 5,003 50.97% 1,067 10.87% 47 0.48% -1,304 -13.28% 9,816
Buckingham County 1,027 32.05% 984 30.71% 1,185 36.99% 8 0.25% -158 [b] -4.93% 3,204
Campbell County 5,731 44.73% 1,996 15.58% 4,425 34.54% 659 5.14% 1,306 [b] 10.19% 12,811
Caroline County 1,162 26.25% 2,165 48.92% 1,084 24.49% 15 0.34% -1,003 -22.66% 4,426
Carroll County 4,909 64.16% 1,773 23.17% 958 12.52% 11 0.14% 3,136 40.99% 7,651
Charles City County 320 16.33% 1,457 74.34% 176 8.98% 7 0.36% -1,137 -58.01% 1,960
Charlotte County 1,042 24.43% 1,045 24.50% 2,163 50.72% 15 0.35% -1,118 [c] -26.21% 4,265
Chesterfield County 22,015 56.03% 5,715 14.54% 11,504 29.28% 58 0.15% 10,511 [b] 26.75% 39,292
Clarke County 1,127 42.62% 768 29.05% 742 28.06% 7 0.26% 359 13.58% 2,644
Craig County 581 46.18% 419 33.31% 256 20.35% 2 0.16% 162 12.88% 1,258
Culpeper County 2,229 47.49% 1,239 26.40% 1,217 25.93% 9 0.19% 990 21.09% 4,694
Cumberland County 844 34.70% 978 40.21% 602 24.75% 8 0.33% -134 -5.51% 2,432
Dickenson County 3,412 46.01% 3,355 45.25% 639 8.62% 9 0.12% 57 0.77% 7,415
Dinwiddie County 1,451 27.60% 1,551 29.50% 2,245 42.70% 10 0.19% -694 [c] -13.20% 5,257
Essex County 791 36.55% 897 41.45% 468 21.63% 8 0.37% -106 -4.90% 2,164
Fairfax County 57,462 48.98% 44,796 38.18% 14,805 12.62% 256 0.22% 12,666 10.80% 117,319
Fauquier County 2,845 43.76% 2,099 32.29% 1,536 23.63% 21 0.32% 746 11.48% 6,501
Floyd County 2,275 64.32% 715 20.21% 537 15.18% 10 0.28% 1,560 44.11% 3,537
Fluvanna County 913 42.56% 569 26.53% 660 30.77% 3 0.14% 253 [b] 11.79% 2,145
Franklin County 3,036 36.54% 2,025 24.37% 3,219 38.75% 28 0.34% -183 [b] -2.20% 8,308
Frederick County 3,696 49.58% 1,612 21.63% 2,137 28.67% 9 0.12% 1,559 [b] 20.91% 7,454
Giles County 2,722 43.36% 2,045 32.58% 1,372 21.86% 138 2.20% 677 10.79% 6,277
Gloucester County 1,619 37.10% 1,210 27.73% 1,526 34.97% 9 0.21% 93 [b] 2.13% 4,364
Goochland County 1,216 35.13% 1,389 40.13% 836 24.15% 20 0.58% -173 -5.00% 3,461
Grayson County 3,563 54.09% 1,926 29.24% 1,090 16.55% 8 0.12% 1,637 24.85% 6,587
Greene County 856 55.26% 255 16.46% 433 27.95% 5 0.32% 423 [b] 27.31% 1,549
Greensville County 529 16.71% 1,367 43.19% 1,256 39.68% 13 0.41% 111 [c] 3.51% 3,165
Halifax County 2,634 28.94% 2,199 24.16% 4,235 46.53% 34 0.37% -1,601 [b] -17.59% 9,102
Hanover County 5,425 50.01% 2,079 19.17% 3,330 30.70% 13 0.12% 2,095 [b] 19.31% 10,847
Henrico County 34,212 62.52% 8,600 15.71% 11,868 21.69% 46 0.08% 22,344 [b] 40.83% 54,726
Henry County 3,946 25.92% 4,175 27.42% 6,802 44.68% 301 1.98% -2,627 [c] -17.26% 15,224
Highland County 619 57.90% 284 26.57% 166 15.53% 0 0.00% 335 31.34% 1,069
Isle of Wight County 1,312 23.28% 1,977 35.08% 2,328 41.31% 18 0.32% -351 [c] -6.23% 5,635
James City County 1,443 35.50% 1,521 37.42% 1,083 26.64% 18 0.44% -78 -1.92% 4,065
King and Queen County 568 27.40% 882 42.55% 614 29.62% 9 0.43% 268 [c] 12.93% 2,073
King George County 829 37.77% 730 33.26% 632 28.79% 4 0.18% 99 4.51% 2,195
King William County 1,046 43.03% 764 31.43% 615 25.30% 6 0.25% 282 11.60% 2,431
Lancaster County 1,640 44.93% 1,134 31.07% 876 24.00% 0 0.00% 506 13.86% 3,650
Lee County 4,450 47.35% 4,105 43.67% 827 8.80% 17 0.18% 345 3.67% 9,399
Loudoun County 4,577 45.91% 3,262 32.72% 2,117 21.23% 14 0.14% 1,315 13.19% 9,970
Louisa County 1,510 38.09% 1,290 32.54% 1,149 28.99% 15 0.38% 220 5.55% 3,964
Lunenburg County 1,181 29.44% 1,180 29.41% 1,630 40.63% 21 0.52% -449 [b] -11.19% 4,012
Madison County 1,188 48.71% 478 19.60% 763 31.28% 10 0.41% 425 [b] 17.43% 2,439
Mathews County 1,309 47.14% 691 24.88% 773 27.84% 4 0.14% 536 [b] 19.30% 2,777
Mecklenburg County 2,750 29.01% 2,667 28.14% 4,022 42.44% 39 0.41% -1,272 [b] -13.42% 9,478
Middlesex County 809 39.62% 575 28.16% 655 32.08% 3 0.15% 154 [b] 7.54% 2,042
Montgomery County 7,098 61.47% 2,700 23.38% 1,712 14.83% 37 0.32% 4,398 38.09% 11,547
Nansemond County 2,101 20.94% 4,174 41.60% 3,723 37.11% 35 0.35% 451 [c] 4.50% 10,033
Nelson County 1,130 32.98% 1,120 32.69% 1,163 33.95% 13 0.38% -33 [b] -0.96% 3,426
New Kent County 526 27.63% 765 40.18% 609 31.99% 4 0.21% 156 [c] 8.19% 1,904
Northampton County 1,410 35.48% 1,418 35.68% 1,129 28.41% 17 0.43% -8 -0.20% 3,974
Northumberland County 1,438 41.18% 1,077 30.84% 968 27.72% 9 0.26% 361 10.34% 3,492
Nottoway County 1,614 33.42% 1,529 31.66% 1,673 34.64% 14 0.29% -59 [b] -1.22% 4,830
Orange County 1,727 47.17% 879 24.01% 1,050 28.68% 5 0.14% 677 [b] 18.49% 3,661
Page County 3,667 53.93% 2,125 31.25% 995 14.63% 13 0.19% 1,542 22.68% 6,800
Patrick County 2,187 41.46% 1,105 20.95% 1,974 37.42% 9 0.17% 213 [b] 4.04% 5,275
Pittsylvania County 5,096 25.62% 5,427 27.29% 9,302 46.77% 65 0.33% -3,875 [c] -19.48% 19,890
Powhatan County 722 27.11% 1,004 37.70% 929 34.89% 8 0.30% 75 [c] 2.82% 2,663
Prince Edward County 1,857 39.80% 1,567 33.58% 1,224 26.23% 18 0.39% 290 6.22% 4,666
Prince George County 1,559 32.75% 1,272 26.72% 1,920 40.33% 10 0.21% -361 [b] -7.58% 4,761
Prince William County 7,944 42.51% 5,566 29.79% 5,160 27.61% 16 0.09% 2,378 12.73% 18,686
Pulaski County 4,409 53.35% 2,497 30.21% 1,346 16.29% 13 0.16% 1,912 23.13% 8,265
Rappahannock County 594 43.58% 394 28.91% 372 27.29% 3 0.22% 200 14.67% 1,363
Richmond County 1,011 48.86% 490 23.68% 563 27.21% 5 0.24% 448 [b] 21.65% 2,069
Roanoke County 12,439 58.89% 3,902 18.47% 4,745 22.46% 38 0.18% 7,694 [b] 36.42% 21,124
Rockbridge County 2,280 56.80% 845 21.05% 885 22.05% 4 0.10% 1,395 [b] 34.75% 4,014
Rockingham County 7,779 66.40% 2,111 18.02% 1,817 15.51% 8 0.07% 5,668 48.38% 11,715
Russell County 3,858 43.49% 3,554 40.06% 1,369 15.43% 91 1.03% 304 3.43% 8,872
Scott County 5,345 53.54% 3,144 31.49% 1,474 14.76% 21 0.21% 2,201 22.05% 9,984
Shenandoah County 5,461 62.91% 1,654 19.05% 1,561 17.98% 5 0.06% 3,807 43.85% 8,681
Smyth County 5,297 54.32% 2,631 26.98% 1,808 18.54% 15 0.15% 2,666 27.34% 9,751
Southampton County 1,376 26.15% 1,803 34.26% 2,070 39.34% 13 0.25% -267 [c] -5.07% 5,262
Spotsylvania County 1,675 34.00% 1,647 33.43% 1,589 32.26% 15 0.30% 28 0.57% 4,926
Stafford County 2,572 39.68% 1,698 26.20% 2,197 33.89% 15 0.23% 375 [b] 5.79% 6,482
Surry County 523 22.10% 1,126 47.59% 708 29.92% 9 0.38% 418 [c] 17.67% 2,366
Sussex County 1,105 29.12% 1,541 40.62% 1,135 29.92% 13 0.34% 406 [c] 10.70% 3,794
Tazewell County 4,434 39.11% 4,734 41.75% 2,023 17.84% 147 1.30% -300 -2.65% 11,338
Warren County 2,297 43.37% 1,513 28.57% 1,479 27.93% 7 0.13% 784 14.80% 5,296
Washington County 6,665 51.16% 3,243 24.89% 3,092 23.73% 29 0.22% 3,422 26.26% 13,029
Westmoreland County 1,402 39.99% 1,156 32.97% 943 26.90% 5 0.14% 246 7.02% 3,506
Wise County 5,004 39.70% 5,942 47.14% 1,635 12.97% 25 0.20% -938 -7.44% 12,606
Wythe County 3,638 52.25% 1,765 25.35% 1,377 19.78% 183 2.63% 1,873 26.90% 6,963
York County 3,356 36.93% 2,370 26.08% 3,330 36.64% 32 0.35% 26 [b] 0.29% 9,088
Alexandria City 13,265 41.69% 14,351 45.11% 4,131 12.98% 69 0.22% -1,086 -3.41% 31,816
Bedford City 1,047 43.99% 569 23.91% 679 28.53% 85 3.57% 368 [b] 15.46% 2,380
Bristol City 1,930 44.09% 1,531 34.98% 911 20.81% 5 0.11% 399 9.12% 4,377
Buena Vista City 814 49.04% 387 23.31% 456 27.47% 3 0.18% 358 [b] 21.57% 1,660
Charlottesville City 5,601 49.41% 3,831 33.80% 1,781 15.71% 122 1.08% 1,770 15.62% 11,335
Chesapeake City 6,234 25.18% 6,843 27.64% 11,084 44.77% 599 2.42% -4,241 [c] -17.13% 24,760
Clifton Forge City 925 43.59% 734 34.59% 462 21.77% 1 0.05% 191 9.00% 2,122
Colonial Heights City 2,650 48.96% 650 12.01% 2,106 38.91% 7 0.13% 544 [b] 10.05% 5,413
Covington City 1,551 43.14% 1,195 33.24% 846 23.53% 3 0.08% 356 9.90% 3,595
Danville City 6,796 40.27% 4,495 26.64% 5,391 31.95% 192 1.14% 1,405 [b] 8.33% 16,874
Emporia City 812 37.06% 657 29.99% 716 32.68% 6 0.27% 96 [b] 4.38% 2,191
Fairfax City 2,963 48.70% 2,153 35.39% 959 15.76% 9 0.15% 810 13.31% 6,084
Falls Church City 2,005 45.76% 1,860 42.45% 504 11.50% 13 0.30% 145 3.31% 4,382
Franklin City 951 42.15% 792 35.11% 511 22.65% 2 0.09% 159 7.05% 2,256
Fredericksburg City 2,142 42.27% 2,036 40.17% 878 17.32% 12 0.24% 106 2.09% 5,068
Galax City 1,257 54.44% 748 32.39% 304 13.17% 0 0.00% 509 22.04% 2,309
Hampton City 10,532 32.30% 11,308 34.68% 10,690 32.79% 76 0.23% 618 [c] 1.90% 32,606
Harrisonburg City 2,859 65.69% 1,036 23.81% 453 10.41% 4 0.09% 1,823 41.89% 4,352
Hopewell City 2,942 43.63% 1,568 23.25% 2,092 31.02% 141 2.09% 850 [b] 12.61% 6,743
Lexington City 1,170 56.12% 734 35.20% 177 8.49% 4 0.19% 436 20.91% 2,085
Lynchburg City 9,943 54.34% 4,305 23.53% 3,649 19.94% 402 2.20% 5,638 30.81% 18,299
Martinsville City 2,618 35.98% 2,727 37.48% 1,856 25.51% 75 1.03% -109 -1.50% 7,276
Newport News City 12,774 34.46% 13,370 36.07% 10,763 29.04% 162 0.44% -596 -1.61% 37,069
Norfolk City 22,302 33.88% 28,477 43.26% 14,500 22.03% 550 0.84% -6,175 -9.38% 65,829
Norton City 495 39.07% 555 43.80% 215 16.97% 2 0.16% -60 -4.74% 1,267
Petersburg City 3,478 31.14% 5,519 49.41% 2,158 19.32% 14 0.13% -2,041 -18.27% 11,169
Portsmouth City 9,402 25.15% 15,734 42.09% 12,127 32.44% 118 0.32% 3,607 [c] 9.65% 37,381
Radford City 2,077 55.40% 1,206 32.17% 461 12.30% 5 0.13% 871 23.23% 3,749
Richmond City 26,380 39.57% 32,857 49.28% 7,325 10.99% 106 0.16% -6,477 -9.72% 66,668
Roanoke City 15,368 51.21% 9,281 30.93% 5,269 17.56% 90 0.30% 6,087 20.28% 30,008
Salem City 3,955 57.77% 1,369 20.00% 1,507 22.01% 15 0.22% 2,448 [b] 35.76% 6,846
South Boston City 1,298 50.17% 620 23.97% 662 25.59% 7 0.27% 636 [b] 24.58% 2,587
Staunton City 4,434 61.40% 1,729 23.94% 1,054 14.60% 4 0.06% 2,705 37.46% 7,221
Suffolk City 1,277 37.95% 1,044 31.03% 1,039 30.88% 5 0.15% 233 6.92% 3,365
Virginia Beach City 16,316 43.23% 10,101 26.76% 10,962 29.04% 363 0.96% 5,354 [b] 14.19% 37,742
Waynesboro City 3,301 61.38% 1,446 26.89% 613 11.40% 18 0.33% 1,855 34.49% 5,378
Williamsburg City 1,156 46.73% 991 40.06% 247 9.98% 80 3.23% 165 6.67% 2,474
Winchester City 2,695 55.76% 1,360 28.14% 770 15.93% 8 0.17% 1,335 27.62% 4,833
Totals 590,319 43.36% 442,387 32.49% 321,833 23.64% 6,952 0.51% 147,932 10.87% 1,361,491

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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq In this county or city where Humphrey ran third behind Wallace, margin given is Nixon vote total minus Wallace vote total.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q In this county or city where Nixon ran third behind Wallace, margin given is Humphrey vote minus Wallace vote.

References

  1. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas.; 1968 Presidential General Election Results – Virginia
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  3. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 326-331 ISBN  0786422173
  4. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1968election.pdf