United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1968

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United States presidential election in New Jersey, 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[1] Minnesota Alabama
Running mate Spiro Agnew Edmund Muskie Curtis LeMay
Electoral vote 17 0 0
Popular vote 1,325,467 1,264,206 262,187
Percentage 46.1% 44.0% 9.1%

New Jersey Presidential Election Results by County, 1968.svg
County Results
  Humphrey—50-60%
  Humphrey—<50%
  Nixon—<50%
  Nixon—50-60%
  Nixon—60-70%

President before election

Lyndon Johnson
Democratic

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1968 United States presidential election in New Jersey took place on November 5, 1968. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. New Jersey voters chose 17 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New Jersey was won by the Republican nominees, former Vice President Richard Nixon of California and his running mate Governor Spiro Agnew of Maryland. Nixon and Agnew defeated the Democratic nominees, incumbent Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota and his running mate Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine. Also in the running was the American Independent Party candidate, Governor George Wallace of Alabama, and his running mate U.S. Air Force General Curtis LeMay of California.

Nixon carried New Jersey with a plurality of 46.10% to Humphrey's 43.97%, a margin of 2.13%. In a distant third came Wallace with 9.12%.[2]

Despite the closeness of the statewide result, Nixon won a strong majority of the state's 21 counties, taking 14 counties, while Humphrey won 7. Humphrey kept the race fairly close by performing strongly in heavily populated core Democratic counties like Essex County, Hudson County, and Mercer County, along with winning Democratic-leaning counties like Middlesex County, Camden County, Atlantic County, and Cumberland County. Other highly populated counties like Passaic County and Union County were won by Nixon but only by narrow margins. Passaic County went to Nixon 46.3-43.1, while Union County went to Nixon by a razor-thin 45.7-45.5 margin.

Nixon was able to take the advantage statewide however with a big win in heavily populated Bergen County, taking 54.5% of the vote there, along with wins in several other fairly populated suburban counties like Monmouth County and Morris County, as well as winning many rural counties. Nixon's strongest county by vote share was rural Sussex County, where he received 61.7% of the vote to Humphrey's 28.5%. Humphrey's strongest county by vote share was urban Essex County, where he received 51.9% of the vote to Nixon's 39.2%.

George Wallace, running on a Southern populist platform, finished a distant third in New Jersey, with a single-digit vote share percentage. But this was still a surprisingly strong performance for Wallace in a Northeastern state like New Jersey. Discounting the border states of Maryland and Delaware, Wallace's 9.12% in New Jersey was the highest statewide vote share he received out of any Northeastern state. Wallace performed most strongly in South Jersey, where he broke into double-digit support in several counties. Wallace's strongest county was Gloucester County, a rural county in the southwestern portion of the state by the Delaware border, where he received 15.5% of the vote.

New Jersey in this era was a swing state with a slight Republican lean, and this pattern continued with the results of 1968. In the midst of a narrow Republican victory nationally, New Jersey voted basically how the nation voted, its result being just 1% more Republican than the national average.

Results

United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1968
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 1,325,467 46.10% 17
Democratic Hubert H. Humphrey 1,264,206 43.97% 0
American Independent George Wallace 262,187 9.12% 0
Socialist Workers Fred Halstead 8,667 0.30% 0
Peace and Freedom Party Dick Gregory 8,084 0.28% 0
Socialist Labor Henning A. Blomen 6,784 0.24% 0
Totals 2,875,395 100.0% 17
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 66%/87%

Results by county

Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr.
Democratic
George Corley Wallace
American Independent
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % # % #
Atlantic 32,807 42.15% 35,581 45.71% 7,528 9.67% 1,918 2.46% -2,774 -3.56% 77,834
Bergen 224,911 54.45% 162,182 39.27% 23,663 5.73% 2,281 0.55% 62,729 15.19% 413,037
Burlington 46,177 46.29% 41,651 41.76% 11,635 11.66% 284 0.28% 4,526 4.54% 99,747
Camden 77,642 41.10% 87,347 46.24% 23,111 12.24% 787 0.42% -9,705 -5.14% 188,887
Cape May 14,970 53.14% 9,664 34.30% 3,498 12.42% 40 0.14% 5,306 18.83% 28,172
Cumberland 18,388 40.42% 21,661 47.62% 5,356 11.77% 83 0.18% -3,273 -7.20% 45,488
Essex 140,048 39.22% 185,440 51.94% 26,823 7.51% 4,748 1.33% -45,392 -12.71% 357,059
Gloucester 30,596 44.52% 27,438 39.92% 10,626 15.46% 71 0.10% 3,158 4.59% 68,731
Hudson 91,324 37.34% 124,939 51.09% 23,138 9.46% 5,159 2.11% -33,615 -13.75% 244,560
Hunterdon 15,851 57.77% 8,755 31.91% 2,749 10.02% 84 0.31% 7,096 25.86% 27,439
Mercer 45,354 36.13% 63,218 50.36% 16,104 12.83% 853 0.68% -17,864 -14.23% 125,529
Middlesex 96,515 42.79% 103,339 45.82% 24,138 10.70% 1,538 0.68% -6,824 -3.03% 225,530
Monmouth 87,311 51.22% 69,669 40.87% 13,047 7.65% 429 0.25% 17,642 10.35% 170,456
Morris 85,512 57.75% 52,398 35.39% 9,659 6.52% 493 0.33% 33,114 22.36% 148,062
Ocean 41,995 53.87% 26,909 34.52% 8,520 10.93% 539 0.69% 15,086 19.35% 77,963
Passaic 79,862 46.25% 74,442 43.12% 16,617 9.62% 1,736 1.01% 5,420 3.14% 172,657
Salem 11,407 43.45% 11,172 42.56% 3,647 13.89% 25 0.10% 235 0.90% 26,251
Somerset 42,459 54.11% 27,580 35.14% 7,331 9.34% 1,105 1.41% 14,879 18.96% 78,475
Sussex 18,043 61.71% 8,325 28.47% 2,843 9.72% 29 0.10% 9,718 33.24% 29,240
Union 110,309 45.72% 109,674 45.46% 19,963 8.27% 1,310 0.54% 635 0.26% 241,256
Warren 13,950 48.13% 12,822 44.24% 2,191 7.56% 23 0.08% 1,128 3.89% 28,986
Totals 1,325,431 46.10% 1,264,206 43.97% 262,187 9.12% 23,535 0.82% 61,225 2.13% 2,875,359

See also

References

  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. ^ "1968 Presidential General Election Results - New Jersey". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
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