1968 United States presidential election in Rhode Island

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United States presidential election in Rhode Island, 1968

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  Hubert Humphrey crop.jpg Richard Nixon portrait.jpg
Nominee Hubert Humphrey Richard Nixon
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Minnesota New York[a]
Running mate Edmund Muskie Spiro Agnew
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 246,518 122,359
Percentage 64.0% 31.8%

President before election

Lyndon B. Johnson
Democratic

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1968 United States presidential election in Rhode Island took place on November 5, 1968, as part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Rhode Island voters chose four[2] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Rhode Island was won by the Democratic candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, with 64.03% of the popular vote, against the Republican candidate, former Senator and Vice President Richard Nixon, with 31.78% of the popular vote. American Independent Party candidate George Wallace also appeared on the ballot, finishing with 4.07% of the popular vote.[3][4] Despite the state trending 30 points Republican after setting a record in 1964 since then as of 2019, the state continued to overwhelmingly vote for the Democratic candidate in 1968.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Rhode Island, 1968
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hubert Humphrey 246,518 64.03%
Republican Richard Nixon 122,359 31.78%
American Independent George Wallace 15,678 4.07%
Write-in 445 0.12%
Total votes 385,000 100%

By county[edit]

County Humphrey% Humphrey# Nixon% Nixon# Wallace% Wallace# Others% Others#
Providence 67.6% 169,246 28.1% 70,320 4.1% 10,374 0.1% 286
Bristol 59.4% 11,561 38% 7,403 2.5% 483 0.1% 28
Kent 58.7% 35,609 37.1% 22,493 4.2% 2,519 0.1% 57
Newport 58.4% 16,251 37.7% 10,504 3.7% 1,043 0.1% 32
Washington 51.6% 13,851 43.4% 11,639 4.8% 1,286 0.2% 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States Presidential election of 1968 - Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "1968 Election for the Forty-Sixth Term (1969-73)". Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "1968 Presidential General Election Results - Rhode Island". Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "The American Presidency Project - Election of 1968". Retrieved May 24, 2017.

Notes[edit]

  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.