United States presidential election in Rhode Island, 1964

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United States presidential election in Rhode Island, 1964
Rhode Island
1960 ←
November 3, 1964 (1964-11-03)
→ 1968

  37 Lyndon Johnson 3x4.jpg BarryGoldwater.png
Nominee Lyndon B. Johnson Barry Goldwater
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Texas Arizona
Running mate Hubert Humphrey William E. Miller
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 315,463 74,615
Percentage 80.87% 19.13%

Rhode Island Presidential Election Results by County, 1964.svg

County Results
  Johnson—80-90%
  Johnson—70-80%

President before election

Lyndon B. Johnson
Democratic

President-elect

Lyndon B. Johnson
Democratic

The 1964 United States presidential election in Rhode Island took place on November 3, 1964 as part of the 1964 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Rhode Island voted overwhelmingly for the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, over the Republican nominee, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona. Johnson ran with incumbent Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota, while Goldwater's running mate was Congressman William E. Miller of New York.

Johnson carried Rhode Island in a mega landslide, taking 80.87% of the vote to Goldwater's 19.13%, a Democratic victory margin of 61.74%. This made Rhode Island Lyndon Johnson's strongest state in the nation.

Even in the midst of a massive nationwide Democratic landslide, Rhode Island weighed in as 39% more Democratic than the national average in the 1964 election.

The staunch conservative Barry Goldwater was widely seen in the Northeastern United States as a right-wing extremist; he had voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Johnson campaign portrayed him as a warmonger who as president would provoke a nuclear war. While John F. Kennedy had won 63.63% in Rhode Island in 1960 mostly by sweeping the ethnic Catholic vote, in 1964, this traditional Democratic coalition was joined by mass defections of moderate Yankee Republicans who had voted for Eisenhower and Nixon but could not support the extremist Goldwater. Consequently, the incumbent Johnson was able to take more than 80% of the vote in liberal Rhode Island.

Johnson swept all 5 counties in Rhode Island with over 70% of the vote. In Providence County, the most populated county, home to the state's capital and largest city, Providence, Johnson took an epic 83.5% of the vote. This was the strongest showing ever for a Democratic presidential candidate in Providence.

Johnson's 80.87% remains the highest vote share percentage any presidential candidate of either party has ever received in Rhode Island, and his 61.74% victory margin remains the widest margin by which any candidate of either party has ever won the state.

Results[edit]

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral
vote
Running mate
Count Pct Vice-presidential candidate Home state Elect. vote
Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic Texas 315,463 80.87% 4 Hubert Humphrey Minnesota 4
Barry Goldwater Republican Arizona 74,615 19.13% 0 William E. Miller New York 0
Total 390,078 100% 4 4
Needed to win 270 270

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