1968 United States presidential election
Richard Nixon won the election by 301 electoral votes. Hubert Humphrey got 191 electoral votes. George Wallace got only 46 electoral votes and a faithless elector in North Carolina voted Wallace and running mate Curtis McLay.
Incumbent United States President, Lyndon B. Johnson was able to run because he was elected to one full term, and served fourteen months after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. On March 31, 1968, Johnson withdrewed his nomination and Johnson said, "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President". Johnson died on January 22, 1973 and the new presidential term would expire two days after.
Robert F. Kennedy, brother of former United States President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968 by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles after winning the California and South Dakota primaries for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
- Democratic candidates:
Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota
- Republican candidates:
- Richard Nixon, former Vice President and 1960 presidential nominee from New York
- Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York and candidate for the 1960 and 1964 nominations
- Ronald Reagan, Governor of California
- George Romney, Governor of Michigan and candidate 1964 nomination
- Harold Stassen, former Governor of Minnesota and candidate for the 1948, 1952 and 1964 nominations