United States elections, 1960

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The 1960 United States general election was held on November 8. Democratic United States Senator John F. Kennedy was elected to serve as the 35th President of the United States, defeating the Republican nominee Richard Nixon, who had served eight years preceding the election as Vice-President under Dwight D. Eisenhower. Kennedy's victory over Nixon was the closest in any presidential election in the 20th century, with Kennedy garnering 0.17% of the popular vote over his opponent. The presidential election coincided with U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and gubernatorial elections in several states.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "The 1960 Kennedy v. Nixon Election". Southeast Missouri State University. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kennedy Wins 1960 Presidential Election". United Press International. Retrieved 9 October 2011.