Former Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee, narrowly won the state with 811,932 votes and 44.87 percent of the vote, with Vice President Hubert Humphrey, the Democratic nominee, taking 791,444 votes and 43.74 percent of the vote, followed by American IndependentGeorge Wallace, who took 206,126 votes and 11.39 percent of the vote. Most of Wallace's votes came from southeastern Missouri.
^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.