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Democratic Party presidential primaries, 1960

 

Democratic Party presidential primaries, 1960

Democratic Presidential Primaries, 1960

March 8 to June 7, 1960

 
Candidate John F. Kennedy Pat Brown George H. McLain
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
Home state Massachusetts California California
States carried 10 1 0
Popular vote 1,847,259 1,354,031 646,387
Percentage 31.43% 23.04% 11.00%

 
Candidate Hubert Humphrey George Smathers Michael DiSalle
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
Home state Minnesota Florida Ohio
States carried 1+D.C. 1 1
Popular vote 590,410 322,235 315,312
Percentage 10.05% 5.48% 5.37%

 
Candidate Unpledged Delegates Wayne Morse Adlai Stevenson
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
Home state - Oregon Illinois
States carried 0 0 0
Popular vote 241,958 147,262 51,833
Percentage 4.12% 2.54% 0.88%

Primaries by state

Democratic presidential candidate before election

Adlai Stevenson

Democratic presidential candidate-elect

John F. Kennedy

The 1960 Democratic presidential primaries were the selection process by which voters of the Democratic Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 1960 U.S. presidential election. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts was selected as the nominee through a series of primary elections and caucuses culminating in the 1960 Democratic National Convention held from July 11 to July 15, 1960 in Los Angeles, California.

Contents

  • Primary race 1
  • Candidates 2
    • Candidates gallery 2.1
    • Potential candidates who did not run 2.2
  • Primaries 3
    • States by winner 3.1
    • Total popular vote 3.2
  • Convention 4
    • Presidential Nomination 4.1
    • Vice-Presidential Nomination 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6

Primary race

Recalling the experience of 1928 [1] On primary day, Kennedy crushed Humphrey with over 60% of the vote. Humphrey withdrew from the race and Kennedy had gained the victory he needed to prove to the party's bosses that a Catholic could win in a non-Catholic state. In the months leading up to the Democratic Convention Kennedy traveled around the nation persuading delegates from various states to support him. However, as the Convention opened, Kennedy was still a few dozen votes short of victory.

Although Kennedy won primaries by comfortable margin, his main opponent, Lyndon B. Johnson, who did not participate in primaries, had a very strong base in party establishment and gained many delegates. He did not join any primary, but was a write-in.[2]

Candidates

The following political leaders were candidates for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination. With the exceptions of Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Stuart Symington and Adlai Stevenson, these men were "favorite-son" candidates without any realistic chance of winning the nomination:

Candidates gallery

Potential candidates who did not run

Primaries

1960 Democratic presidential primaries

States by winner

John F. Kennedy Pat Brown Hubert Humphrey George Smathers Michael DiSalle Unpledged
March 8 New Hampshire 85% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
April 5 Wisconsin 56% 0% 44% 0% 0% 0%
April 12 Illinois 65% 0% 8% 0% 0% 0%
April 19 New Jersey 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%
April 26 Massachusetts 92% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%
April 26 Pennsylvania 71% 0% 4% 0% 0% 0%
May 3 Indiana 81% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
May 3 Ohio 0% 0% 0% 0% 60% 0%
May 3 Washington, D.C. 0% 0% 57% 0% 0% 0%
May 10 Nebraska 89% 0% 4% 0% 0% 0%
May 10 West Virginia 61% 0% 39% 0% 0% 0%
May 17 Maryland 70% 0% 0% 0% 0% 8%
May 20 Oregon 51% 0% 6% 0% 0% 0%
May 24 Florida 0% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
June 7 California 0% 67% 0% 0% 0% 0%
June 7 South Dakota 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%

Total popular vote

Total number of vote in primaries:

Convention

Presidential Nomination

Presidential tally:[3]

Vice-Presidential Nomination

Johnson was nominated unanimously as Vice Presidential candidate,[4] receiving all 1,521 votes.

See also

References

  1. ^ Schlesinger, Arthur M. Robert Kennedy and His Times. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 978-0-618-21928-5, p. 195.
  2. ^ Our Campaigns - US President - D Primaries Race - Feb 01, 1960
  3. ^ Our Campaigns - US President - D Convention Race - Jul 11, 1960
  4. ^ Our Campaigns - US Vice President - D Convention Race - Jul 11, 1960

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