ⓘ 1968 United States presidential election in Vermont

                                     

ⓘ 1968 United States presidential election in Vermont

The 1968 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 5, 1968, as part of the 1968 United States presidential election which was held throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Vermont defeated the Republican nominee, former Vice President Richard Nixon and his running mate the Governor of Maryland Spiro Agnew, defeating incumbent Vice-President of the Democratic Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota and his running mate, Senator Edmund S. Muskie of Maine.

Nixon received 52.75% of the vote Humphrey 43.53%, return 9.22%.

American independent candidate, the southern populist Governor of Alabama George Wallace, have a major impact on the race. Taking 13.53% at the national level and winning the votes of 5 southern States, Wallace would only 3.16% of the vote in Vermont. Wallaces base of support was in the South, and he had little appeal in the North-Eastern States. Vermont will become the third Wallace weak in the country.

Vermont historically was a Bastion of the liberal North-republicanism, and by 1968 the green mountain state had gone Republican in all presidential elections since the founding of the Republican party, except for the Democratic landslide in 1964, when the Republican party nominated a staunch conservative Barry Goldwater. Goldwater lost the election of 1964 in a national victory, but the loss in Vermont were particularly severe from the standpoint of historical perspective. From 1856 to 1960, Vermont had the longest streak of voting Republican of any state, has never voted Democratic before, but in 1964 he turned down Goldwaters conservatism and went democratic for the first time – and by a wide margin 66-33 margin.

In 1968, the GOP sought to recover from their crippling defeat of Goldwater, and the party looked to former Vice-President and the party narrowly defeated candidate for U.S. President in 1960, Richard Nixon. Nixon was seen as the main moderate Republican who could unite competing factions of the Republican party, and win back moderate voters who were alienated Goldwater. The party is successfully recovered and played the White house, Vermont was returned to the Republican column, and the victory of Nixon in 1968 in Vermont created twenty years winning streak for the Republican party in the state. The state finally to turn to the Democrats in 1992 after the GOP embraced a rigid conservatism in the 1980-ies.

Nixon won a razor-thin victory over Humphrey nationally, Vermont weighed in as about 8% more Republican than the nation. However, with four other New England States voting for Humphrey, Vermont was one of only two States in the region and other neighboring new Hampshire, to vote for Nixon.

Nixon won 12 of the 14 counties in Vermont, losing only 2 counties in the northwestern part of the state. Humphrey won Chittenden County, the most populous County in the States largest city, Burlington, and Franklin County. The Northwest 3 counties of Vermont have long been democratic enclaves in the state, while in 1968, Nixon was able to win many in the tiny County of Grand Isle.

                                     
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