United States presidential election in New York, 1960

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United States presidential election in New York, 1960
New York
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November 8, 1960
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  John F. Kennedy, White House color photo portrait.jpg VP-Nixon.png
Nominee John F. Kennedy Richard Nixon
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Massachusetts California
Running mate Lyndon B. Johnson Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Electoral vote 45 0
Popular vote 3,830,085 3,446,419
Percentage 52.53% 47.27%

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County Results

The 1960 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 8, 1960. All 50 states were part of the 1960 United States presidential election. New York voters chose forty five electors to the Electoral College, which selected the President and Vice President.

New York was won by Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who was running against incumbent Republican Vice President Richard Nixon. Kennedy was running with Texas Senator, and strongest opponent in the 1960 Democratic Primaries, Lyndon B. Johnson for Vice President, and Nixon ran with internationally popular United States Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr..

Kennedy won New York with 52.53% of the vote to Nixon's 47.27%, a victory margin of 5.26%.

New York weighed in for this election as 5% more Democratic than the national average.

The presidential election of 1960 was a very partisan election for New York, with 99.8% of the electorate voting for either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.[1] In typical form for the time, the highly populated centers of New York City, Buffalo, and Albany, voted primarily Democratic, while the smaller counties in New York turned out for Nixon as the Republican candidate.

Kennedy won the election in New York by a solid 5 point margin, representing a dramatic shift toward the Democratic Party in the state: just four years earlier, Dwight Eisenhower had carried New York State for the Republicans with over 60% of the vote. The results of this election in New York are typical of the nationwide trend of the urbanization of the Democratic Party, and Kennedy's dominance in heavily populated New York City was a vital component to his victory in the state. Kennedy took 62.62% of the overall vote in New York City, to Nixon's 37.04%, and carried four out of five boroughs. Kennedy's victory in Queens, in the midst of a virtual tie nationwide, marked a dramatic turning point for the heavily populated borough's political leanings. Prior to 1960, Queens had been a Republican borough, only voting Democratic in massive nationwide Democratic landslides; it had not previously gone Democratic since the landslide re-election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1936. Beginning in 1960, Queens became a reliably Democratic borough, and since then has gone Republican only once, in the 1972 Republican landslide.

Nixon for his part ran on a platform of continuing the "peace and prosperity" felt throughout the United States under President Eisenhower, which gained him popularity in the developing regions of the Mid-West and Pacific States, while Kennedy attained his popularity in urban regions, in-part, due to his progressive stand on international politics.[2] This included taking a stronger stance with the Soviet Union, which was a very important issue to many city-dwellers, fearing annihilation during the height of the post-nuclear age.


United States presidential election in New York, 1960
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic John F. Kennedy 3,423,909 46.96%
Liberal John F. Kennedy 406,176 5.57%
Total John F. Kennedy 3,830,085 52.53% 45
Republican Richard Nixon 3,446,419 47.27% 0
Socialist Workers Farrell Dobbs 14,319 0.20% 0
Write-ins 256 <0.01% 0
Totals 7,291,079 100.0% 45

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  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  2. ^ "THE KENNEDY-NIXON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES, 1960 – The Museum of Broadcast Communications". The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC). Retrieved 2013-07-13.