1960 United States presidential election in Texas

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1960 United States presidential election in Texas
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  1956 November 8, 1960 1964  
  John F. Kennedy, White House color photo portrait.jpg VP-Nixon copy (3x4).jpg
Nominee John F. Kennedy Richard Nixon
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Massachusetts California
Running mate Lyndon B. Johnson Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
Electoral vote240
Popular vote1,167,5671,121,310
Percentage50.52%48.52%

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County Results

President before election

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Republican

Elected President

John F. Kennedy
Democratic

The 1960 United States presidential election in Texas was held on November 8, 1960, as part of the 1960 United States presidential election. The Democratic Party candidate John F. Kennedy, narrowly won the state of Texas with 50.52 percent of the vote to the Republican candidate Vice President Richard Nixon's 48.52%, a margin of two percent, giving him the state's 24 electoral votes. [1] Despite the presence of U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson on the Democratic ticket, the result made Texas the tenth closest state in the election. Nixon's strong performance in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, Harris County, the Panhandle, and the Hill Country kept the race close.

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Fears of anti-Catholic voting in West Texas, which had given Herbert Hoover a narrow win over Al Smith in 1928, [2] were not entirely realized. It is notable that the sparsely populated rural Plains counties of Armstrong, Bailey, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Dawson, Donley, Floyd, Gaines, Hale, Hardeman, Hartley, Moore, Motley, Parmer, Wheeler, Willbarger and Yoakum switched from Stevenson to Nixon, as did Wise County north of Fort Worth, while a further thirty-eight counties saw Kennedy fail to reach Stevenson's vote percentage. [3] However, this was more than offset by Kennedy's gains in heavily Hispanic Catholic South Texas, where few Mexicans had voted in 1928. [4] Anti-Catholic voting was also lessened by appeals from former President Harry S. Truman, who campaigned for Kennedy and Johnson. [5]

Nixon himself later commented "we lost Texas...because of that asshole Congressman", [6] referring to Bruce Alger. The only Republican congressman in Texas at the time, Alger had led protestors, many of them well-heeled conservative women, against Johnson's visit to Dallas on November 4th. One woman pulled his wife's gloves out of her hand, and her hat was knocked off by a protestor's placard. Nicknamed the "mink coat mob", the resulting press coverage was a humiliation for Texas Republicans [7] [8] and was blamed for damaging the party's electoral results in the South generally at a time when wives were regarded as sacrosanct. [9]

Nixon would narrowly lose Texas again in 1968, although he did win the presidency that year. In 1972, he sought re-election and won Texas with an overwhelming sixty-six percent of the popular vote.

As of the 2020 presidential election , this is the last time Glasscock County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. [10]

Results

1960 United States presidential election in Texas [1]
PartyCandidateVotesPercentageElectoral votes
Democratic John F. Kennedy 1,167,56750.52%24
Republican Richard Nixon 1,121,30148.52%0
Constitution Charles L. Sullivan 18,1620.79%0
Prohibition Rutherford Decker 3,8700.17%0
Write-ins Write-ins 1750.01%0
Totals 2,311,084100.00%24

Results by county

CountyJohn F. Kennedy
Democratic
Richard Nixon
Republican
Various candidates
Other parties
MarginTotal votes cast
# %# %# %# %
Anderson 3,29647.21%3,64252.16%440.63%-346-4.95%6,982
Andrews 1,82153.42%1,55045.47%381.11%2717.95%3,409
Angelina 7,04656.32%5,16941.32%2952.36%1,87715.00%12,510
Aransas 94854.23%79245.31%80.46%1568.92%1,748
Archer 1,34166.29%68033.61%20.10%66132.68%2,023
Armstrong 36542.44%48856.74%70.81%-123-14.30%860
Atascosa 2,54458.34%1,81241.55%50.11%73216.79%4,361
Austin 1,72546.15%1,97852.92%350.94%-253-6.77%3,738
Bailey 1,06446.85%1,18051.96%271.19%-116-5.11%2,271
Bandera 53936.32%94263.48%30.20%-403-27.16%1,484
Bastrop 2,86670.25%1,20829.61%60.15%1,65840.64%4,080
Baylor 1,19962.68%71337.27%10.05%48625.41%1,913
Bee 2,55753.42%2,22046.38%100.21%3377.04%4,787
Bell 10,65169.67%4,60630.13%310.20%6,04539.54%15,288
Bexar 75,37353.74%63,93445.59%9380.67%11,4398.15%140,245
Blanco 83059.54%55739.96%70.50%27319.58%1,394
Borden 23055.96%16640.39%153.65%6415.57%411
Bosque 1,85252.54%1,65346.89%200.57%1995.65%3,525
Bowie 9,19860.54%5,92739.01%680.45%3,27121.53%15,193
Brazoria 10,56148.66%10,88050.13%2641.22%-319-1.47%21,705
Brazos 5,90756.38%4,55343.46%170.16%1,35412.92%10,477
Brewster 71649.14%73650.51%50.34%-20-1.37%1,457
Briscoe 57051.26%53347.93%90.81%373.33%1,112
Brooks 1,93477.02%56722.58%100.40%1,36754.44%2,511
Brown 3,72051.11%3,51248.26%460.63%2082.85%7,278
Burleson 2,46678.46%67221.38%50.16%1,79457.08%3,143
Burnet 1,77059.48%1,18939.95%170.57%58119.53%2,976
Caldwell 2,72964.64%1,48235.10%110.26%1,24729.54%4,222
Calhoun 1,96154.56%1,59944.49%340.95%36210.07%3,594
Callahan 1,55954.93%1,26144.43%180.63%29810.50%2,838
Cameron 12,41654.84%10,19045.01%340.15%2,2269.83%22,640
Camp 1,30759.41%87339.68%200.91%43419.73%2,200
Carson 1,00941.92%1,38757.62%110.46%-378-15.70%2,407
Cass 2,93455.46%2,32243.89%340.64%61211.57%5,290
Castro 1,54464.82%81034.01%281.18%73430.81%2,382
Chambers 1,52454.12%1,26044.74%321.14%2649.38%2,816
Cherokee 4,54457.65%3,23341.02%1051.33%1,31116.63%7,882
Childress 1,18942.97%1,57156.78%70.25%-382-13.81%2,767
Clay 1,69262.25%1,01937.49%70.26%67324.76%2,718
Cochran 1,02861.41%64638.59%00.00%38222.82%1,674
Coke 79957.56%57541.43%141.01%22416.13%1,388
Coleman 1,83546.14%2,12753.48%150.38%-292-7.34%3,977
Collin 5,22957.10%3,86542.20%640.70%1,36414.90%9,158
Collingsworth 69138.78%1,08460.83%70.39%-393-22.05%1,782
Colorado 2,29954.13%1,90944.95%390.92%3909.18%4,247
Comal 1,84537.34%3,08262.38%140.28%-1,237-25.04%4,941
Comanche 1,97951.67%1,82847.73%230.60%1513.94%3,830
Concho 71857.81%52242.03%20.16%19615.78%1,242
Cooke 3,16844.15%3,98355.50%250.35%-815-11.35%7,176
Coryell 2,70064.41%1,47735.23%150.36%1,22329.18%4,192
Cottle 98672.45%37027.19%50.37%61645.26%1,361
Crane 84854.08%67843.24%422.68%17010.84%1,568
Crockett 51744.72%63554.93%40.35%-118-10.21%1,156
Crosby 1,78366.46%88933.13%110.41%89433.33%2,683
Culberson 34352.77%30046.15%71.08%436.62%650
Dallam 83546.18%96153.15%120.66%-126-6.97%1,808
Dallas 88,87636.99%149,36962.16%2,0540.85%-60,493-25.17%240,299
Dawson 2,06348.59%2,16150.89%220.52%-98-2.30%4,246
Deaf Smith 1,29938.79%2,02460.44%260.78%-725-21.65%3,349
Delta 1,36074.24%46025.11%120.66%90049.13%1,832
Denton 5,36648.26%5,72451.48%290.26%-358-3.22%11,119
Dewitt 2,25344.80%2,76354.94%130.26%-510-10.14%5,029
Dickens 1,07566.89%52132.42%110.68%55434.47%1,607
Dimmit 88657.64%64842.16%30.20%23815.48%1,537
Donley 76444.42%95155.29%50.29%-187-10.87%1,720
Duval 3,80382.42%80917.53%20.04%2,99464.89%4,614
Eastland 3,05847.42%3,35952.09%320.50%-301-4.67%6,449
Ector 8,99643.52%11,14553.91%5312.57%-2,149-10.39%20,672
Edwards 16826.29%46372.46%81.25%-295-46.17%639
Ellis 5,84161.21%3,66638.42%360.38%2,17522.79%9,543
El Paso 26,02754.59%21,55145.20%990.21%4,4769.39%47,677
Erath 2,49047.74%2,69651.69%300.58%-206-3.95%5,216
Falls 3,39968.46%1,55931.40%70.14%1,84037.06%4,965
Fannin 4,28269.76%1,84430.04%120.20%2,43839.72%6,138
Fayette 3,46260.75%2,21338.83%240.42%1,24921.92%5,699
Fisher 1,96674.05%67925.57%100.38%1,28748.48%2,655
Floyd 1,43747.24%1,58051.94%250.82%-143-4.70%3,042
Foard 72372.66%27027.14%20.20%45345.52%995
Fort Bend 4,33956.27%3,30142.81%710.92%1,03813.46%7,711
Franklin 1,14864.71%62034.95%60.34%52829.76%1,774
Freestone 1,99754.71%1,62944.63%240.66%36810.08%3,650
Frio 1,06859.66%71339.83%90.50%35519.83%1,790
Gaines 1,49849.26%1,52049.98%230.76%-22-0.72%3,041
Galveston 23,94058.64%16,37340.10%5151.26%7,56718.54%40,828
Garza 82952.60%73746.76%100.63%925.84%1,576
Gillespie 81623.27%2,68776.62%40.11%-1,871-53.35%3,507
Glasscock 20756.56%15241.53%71.91%5515.03%366
Goliad 71148.87%74150.93%30.21%-30-2.06%1,455
Gonzales 2,73063.62%1,55436.22%70.16%1,17627.40%4,291
Gray 2,80231.09%6,19768.76%140.16%-3,395-37.67%9,013
Grayson 9,86657.26%7,31242.44%530.31%2,55414.82%17,231
Gregg 7,76541.44%10,67956.99%2931.56%-2,914-15.55%18,737
Grimes 1,71361.66%1,05337.90%120.43%66023.76%2,778
Guadalupe 3,11645.91%3,65753.88%140.21%-541-7.97%6,787
Hale 3,69543.31%4,78456.07%530.62%-1,089-12.76%8,532
Hall 1,19255.88%93944.02%20.09%25311.86%2,133
Hamilton 1,13641.51%1,59258.17%90.33%-456-16.66%2,737
Hansford 51227.84%1,32271.89%50.27%-810-44.05%1,839
Hardeman 1,18244.52%1,47255.44%10.04%-290-10.92%2,655
Hardin 4,31566.89%2,11532.79%210.33%2,20034.10%6,451
Harris 148,27545.57%168,17051.68%8,9542.75%-19,895-6.11%325,399
Harrison 5,10851.36%4,61346.39%2242.25%4954.97%9,945
Hartley 39748.71%41350.67%50.61%-16-1.96%815
Haskell 2,77676.05%86623.73%80.22%1,91052.32%3,650
Hays 2,91664.39%1,60635.46%70.15%1,31028.93%4,529
Hemphill 33328.20%84771.72%10.08%-514-43.52%1,181
Henderson 3,41157.14%2,52142.23%380.64%89014.91%5,970
Hidalgo 18,66357.59%13,62842.05%1150.35%5,03515.54%32,406
Hill 4,34065.83%2,22633.76%27