United States presidential election in New York, 1960

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United States presidential election in New York, 1960

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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 45 0
Popular vote 3,830,085 3,446,419
Percentage 52.53% 47.27%

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County Results
  Kennedy—60-70%
  Kennedy—50-60%
  Nixon—50-60%
  Nixon—60-70%
  Nixon—70-80%

The 1960 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 8, 1960. All 50 states were part of the 1960 United States presidential election. New York voters chose forty five electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New York was won by Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who was running against incumbent Republican Vice President Richard Nixon. Kennedy was running with Texas Senator, and strongest opponent in the 1960 Democratic Primaries, Lyndon B. Johnson for vice president, and Nixon ran with internationally popular United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr..

Kennedy won New York with 52.53% of the vote to Nixon's 47.27%, a victory margin of 5.26%.

New York weighed in for this election as 5% more Democratic than the national average.

The presidential election of 1960 was a very partisan election for New York, with 99.8% of the electorate voting for either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.[1] In typical form for the time, the highly populated centers of New York City, Buffalo, and Albany, voted primarily Democratic, while the smaller counties in New York turned out for Nixon as the Republican candidate.

Kennedy won the election in New York by a solid 5 point margin, representing a dramatic shift toward the Democratic Party in the state: just four years earlier, Dwight Eisenhower had carried New York State for the Republicans with over 60% of the vote. The results of this election in New York are typical of the nationwide trend of the urbanization of the Democratic Party, and Kennedy's dominance in heavily populated New York City was a vital component to his victory in the state. Kennedy took 62.62% of the overall vote in New York City, to Nixon's 37.04%, and carried four out of five boroughs. Kennedy's victory in Queens, in the midst of a virtual tie nationwide, marked a dramatic turning point for the heavily populated borough's political leanings. Prior to 1960, Queens had been a Republican borough, only voting Democratic in massive nationwide Democratic landslides; it had not previously gone Democratic since the landslide re-election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1936. Beginning in 1960, Queens became a reliably Democratic borough, and since then has gone Republican only once, in the 1972 Republican landslide.

Nixon for his part ran on a platform of continuing the "peace and prosperity" felt throughout the United States under President Eisenhower, which gained him popularity in the developing regions of the Mid-West and Pacific States, while Kennedy attained his popularity in urban regions, in-part, due to his progressive stand on international politics.[2] This included taking a stronger stance with the Soviet Union, which was a very important issue to many city-dwellers, fearing annihilation during the height of the post-nuclear age.

The electors of New York were vital to Kennedy's overall victory, as he defeated Nixon 303-219 in the United States Electoral College. Had Nixon carried New York, then all other things being equal he would have won pluralities both the popular and electoral vote. However, the Republican nominee would have still finished two votes short of an overall majority in the Electoral College, as he would have had a total of 265 of the 267 pledged electors needed to win compared to 258 for Kennedy. The fourteen unpledged electors of Mississippi and Alabama would have held the balance of power in the Electoral College (unable to influence the overall result, these electors opted to cast their votes in favor of Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd).

Results

United States presidential election in New York, 1960
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic John F. Kennedy 3,423,909 46.96%
Liberal John F. Kennedy 406,176 5.57%
Total John F. Kennedy 3,830,085 52.53% 45
Republican Richard Nixon 3,446,419 47.27% 0
Socialist Workers Farrell Dobbs 14,319 0.20% 0
Write-ins 256 <0.01% 0
Totals 7,291,079 100.0% 45

Results by county

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Democratic
Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % #
Albany 91,973 59.84% 61,600 40.08% 119 0.08% 30,373 19.76% 153,692
Allegany 5,280 26.81% 14,408 73.16% 7 0.04% -9,128 -46.35% 19,695
Bronx 389,818 67.88% 182,393 31.76% 2,071 0.36% 207,425 36.12% 574,282
Broome 38,462 40.49% 56,467 59.44% 62 0.07% -18,005 -18.95% 94,991
Cattaraugus 14,797 40.46% 21,749 59.47% 27 0.07% -6,952 -19.01% 36,573
Cayuga 17,257 45.75% 20,437 54.18% 28 0.07% -3,180 -8.43% 37,722
Chautauqua 28,143 42.62% 37,836 57.30% 52 0.08% -9,693 -14.68% 66,031
Chemung 17,899 40.32% 26,469 59.62% 28 0.06% -8,570 -19.30% 44,396
Chenango 5,659 28.01% 14,533 71.93% 12 0.06% -8,874 -43.92% 20,204
Clinton 13,782 55.24% 11,154 44.70% 15 0.06% 2,628 10.53% 24,951
Columbia 8,747 35.46% 15,893 64.44% 24 0.10% -7,146 -28.97% 24,664
Cortland 5,921 32.47% 12,305 67.48% 9 0.05% -6,384 -35.01% 18,235
Delaware 5,662 25.72% 16,336 74.21% 15 0.07% -10,674 -48.49% 22,013
Dutchess 29,842 39.26% 46,109 60.67% 53 0.07% -16,267 -21.40% 76,004
Erie 277,203 56.62% 211,957 43.30% 404 0.08% 65,246 13.33% 489,564
Essex 6,334 35.38% 11,557 64.56% 10 0.06% -5,223 -29.18% 17,901
Franklin 9,946 51.38% 9,385 48.48% 27 0.14% 561 2.90% 19,358
Fulton 10,409 41.83% 14,455 58.09% 19 0.08% -4,046 -16.26% 24,883
Genesee 10,343 41.23% 14,724 58.70% 18 0.07% -4,381 -17.46% 25,085
Greene 6,441 35.16% 11,878 64.84% 1 0.01% -5,437 -29.68% 18,320
Hamilton 795 26.82% 2,168 73.14% 1 0.03% -1,373 -46.32% 2,964
Herkimer 14,977 45.71% 17,758 54.19% 33 0.10% -2,781 -8.49% 32,768
Jefferson 15,800 39.39% 24,290 60.55% 25 0.06% -8,490 -21.16% 40,115
Kings (Brooklyn) 646,582 66.16% 327,497 33.51% 3,227 0.33% 319,085 32.65% 977,306
Lewis 4,056 37.92% 6,632 62.00% 9 0.08% -2,576 -24.08% 10,697
Livingston 7,765 36.19% 13,681 63.77% 8 0.04% -5,916 -27.58% 21,454
Madison 8,433 34.15% 16,245 65.78% 19 0.08% -7,812 -31.63% 24,697
Monroe 141,378 48.76% 148,423 51.19% 147 0.05% -7,045 -2.43% 289,948
Montgomery 15,976 51.82% 14,837 48.13% 14 0.05% 1,139 3.69% 30,827
Nassau 263,303 44.76% 324,255 55.12% 761 0.13% -60,952 -10.36% 588,319
New York (Manhattan) 414,902 65.28% 217,271 34.19% 3,394 0.53% 197,631 31.10% 635,567
Niagara 51,680 50.78% 50,001 49.13% 84 0.08% 1,679 1.65% 101,765
Oneida 63,368 51.53% 59,513 48.39% 100 0.08% 3,855 3.13% 122,981
Onondaga 90,836 45.84% 107,170 54.08% 150 0.08% -16,334 -8.24% 198,156
Ontario 12,251 38.37% 19,654 61.55% 26 0.08% -7,403 -23.18% 31,931
Orange 31,471 39.25% 48,646 60.67% 65 0.08% -17,175 -21.42% 80,182
Orleans 5,515 34.76% 10,344 65.20% 5 0.03% -4,829 -30.44% 15,864
Oswego 15,544 39.28% 24,013 60.69% 11 0.03% -8,469 -21.40% 39,568
Otsego 7,899 31.16% 17,422 68.73% 26 0.10% -9,523 -37.57% 25,347
Putnam 8,013 40.09% 11,946 59.77% 28 0.14% -3,933 -19.68% 19,987
Queens 446,348 54.71% 367,688 45.07% 1,863 0.23% 78,660 9.64% 815,899
Rensselaer 36,109 47.33% 40,124 52.59% 61 0.08% -4,015 -5.26% 76,294
Richmond (Staten Island) 38,673 43.39% 50,356 56.50% 94 0.11% -11,683 -13.11% 89,123
Rockland 27,178 45.00% 33,107 54.81% 113 0.19% -5,929 -9.82% 60,398
St. Lawrence 19,430 42.89% 25,848 57.06% 24 0.05% -6,418 -14.17% 45,302
Saratoga 18,179 42.03% 25,035 57.88% 36 0.08% -6,856 -15.85% 43,250
Schenectady 37,003 47.90% 40,180 52.01% 70 0.09% -3,177 -4.11% 77,253
Schoharie 4,342 36.18% 7,644 63.69% 16 0.13% -3,302 -27.51% 12,002
Schuyler 2,315 30.76% 5,201 69.10% 11 0.15% -2,886 -38.34% 7,527
Seneca 5,693 39.44% 8,741 60.55% 1 0.01% -3,048 -21.12% 14,435
Steuben 13,898 31.91% 29,638 68.06% 13 0.03% -15,740 -36.14% 43,549
Suffolk 114,033 40.59% 166,644 59.32% 268 0.10% -52,611 -18.73% 280,945
Sullivan 11,486 45.44% 13,744 54.37% 49 0.19% -2,258 -8.93% 25,279
Tioga 4,855 27.85% 12,572 72.12% 4 0.02% -7,717 -44.27% 17,431
Tompkins 8,659 33.65% 17,061 66.30% 13 0.05% -8,402 -32.65% 25,733
Ulster 23,017 38.68% 36,418 61.20% 67 0.11% -13,401 -22.52% 59,502
Warren 7,328 33.65% 14,433 66.27% 17 0.08% -7,105 -32.62% 21,778
Washington 8,274 35.48% 15,037 64.49% 6 0.03% -6,763 -29.00% 23,317
Wayne 9,476 30.79% 21,290 69.18% 11 0.04% -11,814 -38.39% 30,777
Westchester 171,410 43.21% 224,562 56.61% 691 0.17% -53,152 -13.40% 396,663
Wyoming 5,508 33.78% 10,793 66.19% 6 0.04% -5,285 -32.41% 16,307
Yates 2,409 25.88% 6,892 74.04% 7 0.08% -4,483 -48.16% 9,308
Totals 3,830,085 52.53% 3,446,419 47.27% 14,575 0.20% 383,666 5.26% 7,291,079

See also

References

  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  2. ^ "THE KENNEDY-NIXON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES, 1960 – The Museum of Broadcast Communications". The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC). Retrieved 2013-07-13.
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