Nixon's The One!

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1960 United States presidential election
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← 1956 November 8, 1960 1964 →

537 members of the Electoral College
269 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout 62.8% Increase 2.2 pp

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Nominee Richard Nixon John F. Kennedy
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California Massachusetts
Running mate Robert Anderson Lyndon B. Johnson
Electoral vote 296 226
States carried 33 15
Popular vote 34,794,820 33,535,185
Percentage 50.6% 48.7%

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Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Nixon/Anderson, blue denotes those won by Kennedy/Johnson, orange denotes the electoral votes for Byrd/Thurmond by Alabama and Mississippi unpledged electors, and a vote for Byrd/Goldwater by an Oklahoma faithless elector. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

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What if Richard Nixon managed to win the 1960 presidential election?

Point of Divergence[edit | edit source]

Nixon decides to select Treasury Secretary Robert Anderson of Texas as his running mate, hoping his southern roots and defection from the Democratic Party would draw dissatisfied southern Democrats to his campaign. Anderson does a better job campaigning for Nixon when compared to Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.'s performance OTL.