United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1964

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United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1964
New Jersey
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Nominee Lyndon B. Johnson Barry Goldwater
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Texas Arizona
Running mate Hubert Humphrey William E. Miller
Electoral vote 17 0
Popular vote 1,867,671 963,843
Percentage 65.6% 33.9%

New Jersey Presidential Election Results by County, 1964.svg
County Results
  Johnson—70-80%
  Johnson—60-70%
  Johnson—50-60%

President before election

Lyndon Johnson
Democratic

Elected President

Lyndon Johnson
Democratic

The 1964 United States presidential election in New Jersey took place on November 3, 1964. All fifty states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1964 United States presidential election. New Jersey voters chose seventeen electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New Jersey was won overwhelmingly by the Democratic nominees, incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas and his running mate Senator Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota. Johnson and Humphrey defeated the Republican nominees, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona and his running mate Congressman William E. Miller of New York.

Johnson carried New Jersey in a landslide with 65.61% of the vote to Goldwater’s 33.86%, a margin of 31.75%.[1]

Johnson also swept all twenty-one of New Jersey’s counties, the first and as of 2018 only time a Democratic presidential nominee has ever done so.[2] Johnson was the first Democrat to ever carry Ocean County since it was created in 1850.[3] He was also the first Democrat since Woodrow Wilson in 1912 to carry Monmouth and Morris Counties and the first since Wilson in 1916 to carry Sussex County, whilst the counties of Bergen, Cape May, Hunterdon and Somerset went Democratic for the first time since FDR‘s 1936 landslide against Alf Landon.[4]

Johnson broke sixty percent of the vote in fifteen counties, and seventy percent in four: Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, and Cumberland, besides falling just short of the mark in Essex County, where Johnson received 69.9 percent. Hudson would be the most Democratic county, giving Johnson 73.5 percent of the vote. Goldwater’s strongest county was rural Sussex County, where he received 45.2 percent of the vote to Johnson’s 54.8%.

New Jersey in this era was usually a swing state with a slight Republican lean. But this normal pattern was broken in 1964, as Goldwater’s staunch conservatism led many moderate Northeastern Republicans to view Goldwater as an extremist and defect to the Democrats that year. As Johnson won a massive landslide nationally, normally GOP-leaning New Jersey’s result would even be almost 10% more Democratic than the national average. This was also the last time New Jersey would go to a Democratic candidate for president until 1992. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Morris County, Sussex County, Hunterdon County, and Warren County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.[5]

General Election

Results

United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1964
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Lyndon B. Johnson 1,867,671 65.61% 17
Republican Barry Goldwater 963,843 33.86% 0
Socialist Workers Clifton DeBerry 8,181 0.29% 0
Socialist Labor Eric Hass 7,075 0.25% 0
Totals 2,846,770 100.0% 17
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 69%/88%

Results by county

Lyndon Baines Johnson
Democratic
Barry Morris Goldwater
Republican
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % #
Atlantic 50,945 65.30% 25,626 32.85% 1,448 1.86% 25,319 32.45% 78,019
Bergen 234,849 59.69% 157,899 40.13% 717 0.18% 76,950 19.56% 393,465
Burlington 57,638 64.80% 31,215 35.09% 92 0.10% 26,423 29.71% 88,945
Camden 124,620 67.09% 60,844 32.75% 297 0.16% 63,776 34.33% 185,761
Cape May 14,943 56.65% 11,390 43.18% 47 0.18% 3,553 13.47% 26,380
Cumberland 33,593 72.69% 12,611 27.29% 11 0.02% 20,982 45.40% 46,215
Essex 277,042 69.88% 116,172 29.30% 3,263 0.82% 160,870 40.57% 396,477
Gloucester 40,305 62.93% 23,702 37.00% 45 0.07% 16,603 25.92% 64,052
Hudson 200,051 73.55% 69,515 25.56% 2,443 0.90% 130,536 47.99% 272,009
Hunterdon 15,091 59.69% 10,173 40.24% 19 0.08% 4,918 19.45% 25,283
Mercer 86,985 71.17% 35,081 28.70% 148 0.12% 51,904 42.47% 122,214
Middlesex 151,196 70.12% 63,370 29.39% 1,052 0.49% 87,826 40.73% 215,618
Monmouth 95,320 60.69% 61,367 39.07% 368 0.23% 33,953 21.62% 157,055
Morris 73,684 57.16% 55,024 42.68% 205 0.16% 18,660 14.47% 128,913
Ocean 36,892 57.90% 25,985 40.78% 837 1.31% 10,907 17.12% 63,714
Passaic 113,919 63.39% 63,114 35.12% 2,666 1.48% 50,805 28.27% 179,699
Salem 17,846 67.23% 8,682 32.71% 17 0.06% 9,164 34.52% 26,545
Somerset 43,659 60.41% 28,416 39.32% 195 0.27% 15,243 21.09% 72,270
Sussex 14,349 54.77% 11,836 45.18% 12 0.05% 2,513 9.59% 26,197
Union 164,989 66.17% 82,999 33.29% 1,359 0.55% 81,990 32.88% 249,347
Warren 19,755 69.09% 8,822 30.85% 15 0.05% 10,933 38.24% 28,592
Totals 1,867,671 65.61% 963,843 33.86% 15,256 0.54% 903,828 31.75% 2,846,770

See also

References

  1. ^ "1964 Presidential General Election Results - New Jersey". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Thomas, G. Scott; The Pursuit of the White House: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics and History, pp. 439-440 ISBN 0313257957
  3. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, p. 90 ISBN 0786422173
  4. ^ Menendez; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, p.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
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