United States elections, 1964

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The 1964 United States general election was held on November 3, and elected the members of the 89th United States Congress. The election took place shortly after the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution authorized an escalation of the Vietnam War. The Democratic party retained the presidency and added to their majorities in both chambers of Congress. This was the first presidential election after the ratification of the 23rd Amendment, which granted electoral votes to Washington, D.C.

Democratic incumbent Lyndon Johnson was elected to serve his first full term as President, defeating Republican Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.[1] Johnson, who had taken office following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, won every state except for Arizona and the Deep South. Johnson won 61% of the popular vote, the largest share of the popular vote since 1820. Goldwater won the Republican nomination on the first ballot, defeating Governor William Scranton of Pennsylvania and Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York.

The Democratic Party picked up 37 seats in the House and 2 seats in the Senate, thereby capturing veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers.

In the gubernatorial elections, the Republican Party won a net gain of one seat.

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  1. ^ "1964 Presidential Election". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 26 December 2011.