1968 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

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1968 United States presidential election in Washington (state)
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  1964 November 5, 1968 [1] 1972  
  Hubert Humphrey crop.jpg Richard Nixon portrait.jpg George C Wallace.jpg
Nominee Hubert Humphrey Richard Nixon George Wallace
Party Democratic Republican American
Home state Minnesota New York [lower-alpha 1] Alabama
Running mate Edmund Muskie Spiro Agnew Marvin Griffin
Electoral vote900
Popular vote616,037588,51096,990
Percentage47.23%45.12%7.44%

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County Results

President before election

Lyndon B. Johnson
Democratic

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

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

Contents

Washington was won by the Democratic candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, with 47.23 percent of the popular vote, against the Republican candidate, former Senator and Vice President Richard Nixon, with 45.12 percent of the popular vote. American candidate George Wallace also appeared on the ballot, finishing with 7.44 percent of the popular vote. [3] [4]

Despite Nixon losing the statewide election, he became the first Republican to carry Ferry County since Warren G. Harding did so in 1920. [5] Along with Maine, Washington was one of only two states that Nixon lost in 1968 that he won in his unsuccessful attempt at the presidency in 1960.

This election would prove the last time the Democrats won any mainland postbellum state until Michael Dukakis carried Washington and Oregon in 1988 – in the intervening period many pundits spoke of a "Solid Republican West". This was the last election in which Washington did not vote the same as neighboring Oregon.

Results

1968 United States presidential election in Washington
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Hubert Humphrey 616,037 47.23%
Republican Richard Nixon 588,51045.12%
American George Wallace 96,9907.44%
Peace and Freedom Eldridge Cleaver 1,6090.12%
Socialist Labor Henning Blomen 4880.04%
Free Ballot Charlene Mitchell 3770.03%
Socialist Workers Fred Halstead 2700.02%
Total votes1,304,281 100%

Results by county

CountyHubert Horatio Humphrey
Democratic
Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
George Corley Wallace
American
Various candidates
Other parties
MarginTotal votes cast
#%#%#%#%#%
Adams 1,27030.67%2,57262.11%2997.22%00.00%-1,302-31.44%4,141
Asotin 2,69349.56%2,30742.45%4337.97%10.02%3867.10%5,434
Benton 10,87838.06%14,65951.29%3,02410.58%180.06%-3,781-13.23%28,579
Chelan 6,78739.39%9,09352.77%1,3247.68%260.15%-2,306-13.38%17,230
Clallam 7,03049.39%5,92141.60%1,2488.77%350.25%1,1097.79%14,234
Clark 23,04651.82%18,85842.40%2,5145.65%560.13%4,1889.42%44,474
Columbia 75435.04%1,22156.74%1758.13%20.09%-467-21.70%2,152
Cowlitz 13,36351.90%10,84242.10%1,5075.85%380.15%2,5219.79%25,750
Douglas 2,76441.47%3,23448.52%6639.95%40.06%-470-7.05%6,665
Ferry 59642.97%60843.84%18213.12%10.07%-12-0.87%1,387
Franklin 4,03842.17%4,23444.22%1,29913.57%40.04%-196-2.05%9,575
Garfield 60237.96%84153.03%1439.02%00.00%-239-15.07%1,586
Grant 5,77340.18%7,00748.77%1,57410.96%130.09%-1,234-8.59%14,367
Grays Harbor 13,48059.43%7,72034.03%1,4266.29%580.26%5,76025.39%22,684
Island 3,23840.48%4,07750.96%6778.46%80.10%-839-10.49%8,000
Jefferson 2,25149.97%1,82740.55%4079.03%200.44%4249.41%4,505
King 223,46947.05%218,45746.00%31,4506.62%1,5590.33%5,0121.06%474,935
Kitsap 22,27355.94%14,52036.47%2,9867.50%360.09%7,75319.47%39,815
Kittitas 3,92144.92%4,21248.25%5796.63%170.19%-291-3.33%8,729
Klickitat 2,45447.44%2,35545.52%3576.90%70.14%991.91%5,173
Lewis 8,44445.23%8,77947.03%1,4287.65%170.09%-335-1.79%18,668
Lincoln 1,72134.06%2,99459.25%3376.67%10.02%-1,273-25.19%5,053
Mason 4,54052.85%3,39739.55%6387.43%150.17%1,14313.31%8,590
Okanogan 4,37944.08%4,49045.19%1,06410.71%20.02%-111-1.12%9,935
Pacific 3,74056.62%2,49137.71%3645.51%100.15%1,24918.91%6,605
Pend Oreille 1,35049.74%1,11741.16%2459.03%20.07%2338.59%2,714
Pierce 72,67053.54%51,43637.90%11,3918.39%2210.16%21,23415.65%135,718
San Juan 68534.90%1,16459.30%1085.50%60.31%-479-24.40%1,963
Skagit 10,52946.60%10,35445.83%1,6677.38%440.19%1750.77%22,594
Skamania 1,22151.30%96840.67%1897.94%20.08%25310.63%2,380
Snohomish 44,01950.35%36,25241.47%7,0058.01%1480.17%7,7678.88%87,424
Spokane 49,42344.69%52,65047.61%8,4207.61%1010.09%-3,227-2.92%110,594
Stevens 2,94840.14%3,43546.77%95713.03%50.07%-487-6.63%7,345
Thurston 14,22846.65%13,74245.06%2,4938.17%360.12%4861.59%30,499
Wahkiakum 89953.67%64138.27%1317.82%40.24%25815.40%1,675
Walla Walla 5,84134.52%10,04259.34%1,0286.07%120.07%-4,201-24.82%16,923
Whatcom 14,00344.88%14,69547.10%2,3877.65%1140.37%-692-2.22%31,199
Whitman 5,21837.84%7,81056.64%7105.15%510.37%-2,592-18.80%13,789
Yakima 19,49938.09%27,48853.69%4,1618.13%500.10%-7,989-15.60%51,198
Totals616,03747.23%588,51045.12%96,9907.44%2,7440.21%27,5272.11%1,304,281

Notes

  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.

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