United States presidential election in Texas, 1960

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United States presidential election in Texas, 1960

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Nominee John F. Kennedy Richard Nixon
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Massachusetts California
Running mate Lyndon B. Johnson Henry Lodge
Electoral vote 24 0
Popular vote 1,167,567 1,121,310
Percentage 50.52% 48.52%

United States presidential election in Texas, 1960 results by county.svg
County results


President before election

Dwight Eisenhower
Republican

Elected President

John F. Kennedy
Democratic

The 1960 United States presidential election was held on November 8, 1960. The Democratic Party candidate John F. Kennedy, narrowly won the state of Texas with 50.52 percent of the vote to the Republican candidate Vice President Richard Nixon's 48.52 percent, a margin of two percent, giving him the state's twenty-four electoral votes.[1] Despite the presence of U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson on the Democratic ticket, the result made Texas the tenth closest state in the election. Nixon’s strong performance in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Harris County, the Panhandle and the Hill Country kept the race close.

Fears of anti-Catholic voting in West Texas, which had given Herbert Hoover a narrow win over Al Smith in 1928,[2] were not entirely realized. It is notable that the sparsely populated rural Plains counties of Armstrong, Bailey, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Dawson, Donley, Floyd, Gaines, Hale, Hardeman, Hartley, Moore, Motley, Parmer, Wheeler, Willbarger and Yoakum switched from Stevenson to Nixon, as did Wise County north of Fort Worth, while a further thirty-eight counties saw Kennedy fail to reach Stevenson’s vote percentage.[3] However, this was more than offset by Kennedy’s gains in heavily Hispanic Catholic South Texas, where few Mexicans had voted in 1928.[4] Anti-Catholic voting was also lessened by appeals from former President Harry S. Truman, who campaigned for Kennedy and Johnson.[5]

Nixon would narrowly lose Texas again in 1968, although he did win the presidency that year; in 1972, he sought re-election and won Texas with an overwhelming sixty-six percent of the popular vote.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time Glasscock County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Texas, 1960[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic John F. Kennedy 1,167,567 50.52% 8
Republican Richard Nixon 1,121,301 48.52% 0
Constitution Charles L. Sullivan 18,162 0.79% 0
Prohibition Rutherford Decker 3,870 0.17% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 175 0.01% 0
Totals 2,311,084 100.00% 24

Results by county[edit]

County Kennedy# Kennedy% Nixon# Nixon% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Anderson 3,296 47.21% 3,642 52.16% 44 0.63% 6,982
Andrews 1,821 53.42% 1,550 45.47% 38 1.11% 3,409
Angelina 7,046 56.32% 5,169 41.32% 295 2.36% 12,510
Aransas 948 54.23% 792 45.31% 8 0.46% 1,748
Archer 1,341 66.29% 680 33.61% 2 0.10% 2,023
Armstrong 365 42.44% 488 56.74% 7 0.81% 860
Atascosa 2,544 58.34% 1,812 41.55% 5 0.11% 4,361
Austin 1,725 46.15% 1,978 52.92% 35 0.94% 3,738
Bailey 1,064 46.85% 1,180 51.96% 27 1.19% 2,271
Bandera 539 36.32% 942 63.48% 3 0.20% 1,484
Bastrop 2,866 70.25% 1,208 29.61% 6 0.15% 4,080
Baylor 1,199 62.68% 713 37.27% 1 0.05% 1,913
Bee 2,557 53.42% 2,220 46.38% 10 0.21% 4,787
Bell 10,651 69.67% 4,606 30.13% 31 0.20% 15,288
Bexar 75,373 53.74% 63,934 45.59% 938 0.67% 140,245
Blanco 830 59.54% 557 39.96% 7 0.50% 1,394
Borden 230 55.96% 166 40.39% 15 3.65% 411
Bosque 1,852 52.54% 1,653 46.89% 20 0.57% 3,525
Bowie 9,198 60.54% 5,927 39.01% 68 0.45% 15,193
Brazoria 10,561 48.66% 10,880 50.13% 264 1.22% 21,705
Brazos 5,907 56.38% 4,553 43.46% 17 0.16% 10,477
Brewster 716 49.14% 736 50.51% 5 0.34% 1,457
Briscoe 570 51.26% 533 47.93% 9 0.81% 1,112
Brooks 1,934 77.02% 567 22.58% 10 0.40% 2,511
Brown 3,720 51.11% 3,512 48.26% 46 0.63% 7,278
Burleson 2,466 78.46% 672 21.38% 5 0.16% 3,143
Burnet 1,770 59.48% 1,189 39.95% 17 0.57% 2,976
Caldwell 2,729 64.64% 1,482 35.10% 11 0.26% 4,222
Calhoun 1,961 54.56% 1,599 44.49% 34 0.95% 3,594
Callahan 1,559 54.93% 1,261 44.43% 18 0.63% 2,838
Cameron 12,416 54.84% 10,190 45.01% 34 0.15% 22,640
Camp 1,307 59.41% 873 39.68% 20 0.91% 2,200
Carson 1,009 41.92% 1,387 57.62% 11 0.46% 2,407
Cass 2,934 55.46% 2,322 43.89% 34 0.64% 5,290
Castro 1,544 64.82% 810 34.01% 28 1.18% 2,382
Chambers 1,524 54.12% 1,260 44.74% 32 1.14% 2,816
Cherokee 4,544 57.65% 3,233 41.02% 105 1.33% 7,882
Childress 1,189 42.97% 1,571 56.78% 7 0.25% 2,767
Clay 1,692 62.25% 1,019 37.49% 7 0.26% 2,718
Cochran 1,028 61.41% 646 38.59% 0 0.00% 1,674
Coke 799 57.56% 575 41.43% 14 1.01% 1,388
Coleman 1,835 46.14% 2,127 53.48% 15 0.38% 3,977
Collin 5,229 57.10% 3,865 42.20% 64 0.70% 9,158
Collingsworth 691 38.78% 1,084 60.83% 7 0.39% 1,782
Colorado 2,299 54.13% 1,909 44.95% 39 0.92% 4,247
Comal 1,845 37.34% 3,082 62.38% 14 0.28% 4,941
Comanche 1,979 51.67% 1,828 47.73% 23 0.60% 3,830
Concho 718 57.81% 522 42.03% 2 0.16% 1,242
Cooke 3,168 44.15% 3,983 55.50% 25 0.35% 7,176
Coryell 2,700 64.41% 1,477 35.23% 15 0.36% 4,192
Cottle 986 72.45% 370 27.19% 5 0.37% 1,361
Crane 848 54.08% 678 43.24% 42 2.68% 1,568
Crockett 517 44.72% 635 54.93% 4 0.35% 1,156
Crosby 1,783 66.46% 889 33.13% 11 0.41% 2,683
Culberson 343 52.77% 300 46.15% 7 1.08% 650
Dallam 835 46.18% 961 53.15% 12 0.66% 1,808
Dallas 88,876 36.99% 149,369 62.16% 2,054 0.85% 240,299
Dawson 2,063 48.59% 2,161 50.89% 22 0.52% 4,246
Deaf Smith 1,299 38.79% 2,024 60.44% 26 0.78% 3,349
Delta 1,360 74.24% 460 25.11% 12 0.66% 1,832
Denton 5,366 48.26% 5,724 51.48% 29 0.26% 11,119
Dewitt 2,253 44.80% 2,763 54.94% 13 0.26% 5,029
Dickens 1,075 66.89% 521 32.42% 11 0.68% 1,607
Dimmit 886 57.64% 648 42.16% 3 0.20% 1,537
Donley 764 44.42% 951 55.29% 5 0.29% 1,720
Duval 3,803 82.42% 809 17.53% 2 0.04% 4,614
Eastland 3,058 47.42% 3,359 52.09% 32 0.50% 6,449
Ector 8,996 43.52% 11,145 53.91% 531 2.57% 20,672
Edwards 168 26.29% 463 72.46% 8 1.25% 639
Ellis 5,841 61.21% 3,666 38.42% 36 0.38% 9,543
El Paso 26,027 54.59% 21,551 45.20% 99 0.21% 47,677
Erath 2,490 47.74% 2,696 51.69% 30 0.58% 5,216
Falls 3,399 68.46% 1,559 31.40% 7 0.14% 4,965
Fannin 4,282 69.76% 1,844 30.04% 12 0.20% 6,138
Fayette 3,462 60.75% 2,213 38.83% 24 0.42% 5,699
Fisher 1,966 74.05% 679 25.57% 10 0.38% 2,655
Floyd 1,437 47.24% 1,580 51.94% 25 0.82% 3,042
Foard 723 72.66% 270 27.14% 2 0.20% 995
Fort Bend 4,339 56.27% 3,301 42.81% 71 0.92% 7,711
Franklin 1,148 64.71% 620 34.95% 6 0.34% 1,774
Freestone 1,997 54.71% 1,629 44.63% 24 0.66% 3,650
Frio 1,068 59.66% 713 39.83% 9 0.50% 1,790
Gaines 1,498 49.26% 1,520 49.98% 23 0.76% 3,041
Galveston 23,940 58.64% 16,373 40.10% 515 1.26% 40,828
Garza 829 52.60% 737 46.76% 10 0.63% 1,576
Gillespie 816 23.27% 2,687 76.62% 4 0.11% 3,507
Glasscock 207 56.56% 152 41.53% 7 1.91% 366
Goliad 711 48.87% 741 50.93% 3 0.21% 1,455
Gonzales 2,730 63.62% 1,554 36.22% 7 0.16% 4,291
Gray 2,802 31.09% 6,197 68.76% 14 0.16% 9,013
Grayson 9,866 57.26% 7,312 42.44% 53 0.31% 17,231
Gregg 7,765 41.44% 10,679 56.99% 293 1.56% 18,737
Grimes 1,713 61.66% 1,053 37.90% 12 0.43% 2,778
Guadalupe 3,116 45.91% 3,657 53.88% 14 0.21% 6,787
Hale 3,695 43.31% 4,784 56.07% 53 0.62% 8,532
Hall 1,192 55.88% 939 44.02% 2 0.09% 2,133
Hamilton 1,136 41.51% 1,592 58.17% 9 0.33% 2,737
Hansford 512 27.84% 1,322 71.89% 5 0.27% 1,839
Hardeman 1,182 44.52% 1,472 55.44% 1 0.04% 2,655
Hardin 4,315 66.89% 2,115 32.79% 21 0.33% 6,451
Harris 148,275 45.57% 168,170 51.68% 8,954 2.75% 325,399
Harrison 5,108 51.36% 4,613 46.39% 224 2.25% 9,945
Hartley 397 48.71% 413 50.67% 5 0.61% 815
Haskell 2,776 76.05% 866 23.73% 8 0.22% 3,650
Hays 2,916 64.39% 1,606 35.46% 7 0.15% 4,529
Hemphill 333 28.20% 847 71.72% 1 0.08% 1,181
Henderson 3,411 57.14% 2,521 42.23% 38 0.64% 5,970
Hidalgo 18,663 57.59% 13,628 42.05% 115 0.35% 32,406
Hill 4,340 65.83% 2,226 33.76% 27 0.41% 6,593
Hockley 3,169 59.15% 2,159 40.29% 30 0.56% 5,358
Hood 1,238 56.61% 943 43.12% 6 0.27% 2,187
Hopkins 3,228 60.26% 2,117 39.52% 12 0.22% 5,357
Houston 2,703 61.67% 1,591 36.30% 89 2.03% 4,383
Howard 4,844 58.12% 3,403 40.83% 88 1.06% 8,335
Hudspeth 409 59.71% 267 38.98% 9 1.31% 685
Hunt 4,116 49.94% 4,084 49.55% 42 0.51% 8,242
Hutchinson 3,295 33.81% 6,432 65.99% 20 0.21% 9,747
Irion 246 50.51% 238 48.87% 3 0.62% 487
Jack 1,079 44.37% 1,342 55.18% 11 0.45% 2,432
Jackson 2,268 57.10% 1,670 42.04% 34 0.86% 3,972
Jasper 3,004 58.64% 2,102 41.03% 17 0.33% 5,123
Jeff Davis 195 51.18% 182 47.77% 4 1.05% 381
Jefferson 40,533 57.63% 29,395 41.80% 403 0.57% 70,331
Jim Hogg 1,255 84.85% 224 15.15% 0 0.00% 1,479
Jim Wells 5,330 65.71% 2,773 34.18% 9 0.11% 8,112
Johnson 3,844 45.59% 4,510 53.49% 77 0.91% 8,431
Jones 2,772 55.60% 2,196 44.04% 18 0.36% 4,986
Karnes 2,556 62.57% 1,526 37.36% 3 0.07% 4,085
Kaufman 3,008 52.15% 2,717 47.10% 43 0.75% 5,768
Kendall 549 26.14% 1,544 73.52% 7 0.33% 2,100
Kenedy 78 51.32% 74 48.68% 0 0.00% 152
Kent 491 70.34% 205 29.37% 2 0.29% 698
Kerr 1,323 28.79% 3,252 70.76% 21 0.46% 4,596
Kimble 550 43.89% 699 55.79% 4 0.32% 1,253
King 133 76.88% 39 22.54% 1 0.58% 173
Kinney 358 62.92% 211 37.08% 0 0.00% 569
Kleberg 3,773 64.32% 2,092 35.66% 1 0.02% 5,866
Knox 1,365 65.06% 729 34.75% 4 0.19% 2,098
Lamar 5,084 56.02% 3,964 43.68% 28 0.31% 9,076
Lamb 3,089 51.42% 2,764 46.01% 154 2.56% 6,007
Lampasas 1,372 52.59% 1,222 46.84% 15 0.57% 2,609
La Salle 718 68.64% 326 31.17% 2 0.19% 1,046
Lavaca 4,002 72.47% 1,507 27.29% 13 0.24% 5,522
Lee 1,369 55.85% 1,048 42.76% 34 1.39% 2,451
Leon 1,803 67.18% 868 32.34% 13 0.48% 2,684
Liberty 3,902 53.12% 3,361 45.76% 82 1.12% 7,345
Limestone 3,472 63.00% 2,023 36.71% 16 0.29% 5,511
Lipscomb 267 22.08% 939 77.67% 3 0.25% 1,209
Live Oak 770 42.26% 1,048 57.52% 4 0.22% 1,822
Llano 1,131 61.47% 704 38.26% 5 0.27% 1,840
Loving 46 48.42% 42 44.21% 7 7.37% 95
Lubbock 15,340 43.08% 20,065 56.35% 202 0.57% 35,607
Lynn 1,872 65.85% 953 33.52% 18 0.63% 2,843
McCulloch 1,579 57.46% 1,165 42.39% 4 0.15% 2,748
McLennan 20,100 57.17% 14,926 42.46% 130 0.37% 35,156
McMullen 240 49.90% 241 50.10% 0 0.00% 481
Madison 909 58.57% 607 39.11% 36 2.32% 1,552
Marion 904 53.46% 742 43.88% 45 2.66% 1,691
Martin 831 69.08% 350 29.09% 22 1.83% 1,203
Mason 575 40.58% 833 58.79% 9 0.64% 1,417
Matagorda 2,971 49.53% 2,975 49.60% 52 0.87% 5,998
Maverick 1,498 70.03% 639 29.87% 2 0.09% 2,139
Medina 2,325 53.23% 2,028 46.43% 15 0.34% 4,368
Menard 491 44.68% 608 55.32% 0 0.00% 1,099
Midland 5,842 33.11% 11,343 64.28% 460 2.61% 17,645
Milam 3,640 65.51% 1,898 34.16% 18 0.32% 5,556
Mills 869 46.05% 1,012 53.63% 6 0.32% 1,887
Mitchell 2,131 63.61% 1,208 36.06% 11 0.33% 3,350
Montague 2,346 52.54% 2,101 47.05% 18 0.40% 4,465
Montgomery 3,510 50.60% 3,309 47.70% 118 1.70% 6,937
Moore 1,547 38.43% 2,463 61.19% 15 0.37% 4,025
Morris 1,952 55.08% 1,569 44.27% 23 0.65% 3,544
Motley 439 47.10% 480 51.50% 13 1.39% 932
Nacogdoches 3,522 52.32% 3,042 45.19% 168 2.50% 6,732
Navarro 5,540 62.24% 3,361 37.76% 0 0.00% 8,901
Newton 1,815 70.08% 756 29.19% 19 0.73% 2,590
Nolan 3,247 57.22% 2,421 42.66% 7 0.12% 5,675
Nueces 29,361 60.70% 18,907 39.09% 100 0.21% 48,368
Ochiltree 521 21.76% 1,870 78.11% 3 0.13% 2,394
Oldham 326 50.70% 313 48.68% 4 0.62% 643
Orange 9,078 62.02% 5,483 37.46% 76 0.52% 14,637
Palo Pinto 3,022 52.63% 2,695 46.93% 25 0.44% 5,742
Panola 2,187 48.41% 2,264 50.11% 67 1.48% 4,518
Parker 3,629 50.77% 3,467 48.50% 52 0.73% 7,148
Parmer 1,090 39.12% 1,674 60.09% 22 0.79% 2,786
Pecos 1,724 54.44% 1,412 44.58% 31 0.98% 3,167
Polk 2,037 60.63% 1,268 37.74% 55 1.64% 3,360
Potter 8,989 38.70% 14,202 61.14% 38 0.16% 23,229
Presidio 866 69.39% 376 30.13% 6 0.48% 1,248
Rains 680 62.90% 401 37.10% 0 0.00% 1,081
Randall 3,282 31.96% 6,958 67.76% 29 0.28% 10,269
Reagan 621 54.91% 489 43.24% 21 1.86% 1,131
Real 273 41.81% 377 57.73% 3 0.46% 653
Red River 2,850 64.94% 1,527 34.79% 12 0.27% 4,389
Reeves 2,235 58.48% 1,549 40.53% 38 0.99% 3,822
Refugio 1,777 62.53% 1,062 37.37% 3 0.11% 2,842
Roberts 104 23.37% 339 76.18% 2 0.45% 445
Robertson 2,669 73.81% 935 25.86% 12 0.33% 3,616
Rockwall 917 57.93% 652 41.19% 14 0.88% 1,583
Runnels 1,938 47.56% 2,128 52.22% 9 0.22% 4,075
Rusk 4,390 40.50% 6,001 55.36% 449 4.14% 10,840
Sabine 1,208 65.55% 619 33.59% 16 0.87% 1,843
San Augustine 1,269 64.68% 638 32.52% 55 2.80% 1,962
San Jacinto 1,115 71.02% 448 28.54% 7 0.45% 1,570
San Patricio 5,246 62.52% 3,129 37.29% 16 0.19% 8,391
San Saba 1,251 59.35% 849 40.28% 8 0.38% 2,108
Schleicher 351 43.39% 455 56.24% 3 0.37% 809
Scurry 3,020 57.09% 2,235 42.25% 35 0.66% 5,290
Shackelford 713 51.04% 684 48.96% 0 0.00% 1,397
Shelby 3,266 65.41% 1,679 33.63% 48 0.96% 4,993
Sherman 305 30.72% 686 69.08% 2 0.20% 993
Smith 8,494 40.80% 12,042 57.84% 285 1.37% 20,821
Somervell 345 43.13% 441 55.13% 14 1.75% 800
Starr 4,051 93.49% 280 6.46% 2 0.05% 4,333
Stephens 1,357 44.80% 1,664 54.94% 8 0.26% 3,029
Sterling 193 51.47% 182 48.53% 0 0.00% 375
Stonewall 864 73.66% 306 26.09% 3 0.26% 1,173
Sutton 474 52.03% 437 47.97% 0 0.00% 911
Swisher 1,777 57.27% 1,310 42.22% 16 0.52% 3,103
Tarrant 59,385 44.66% 72,813 54.75% 788 0.59% 132,986
Taylor 9,347 43.17% 12,258 56.62% 45 0.21% 21,650
Terrell 352 54.49% 291 45.05% 3 0.46% 646
Terry 2,237 53.75% 1,908 45.84% 17 0.41% 4,162
Throckmorton 689 60.76% 442 38.98% 3 0.26% 1,134
Titus 2,701 54.61% 2,216 44.80% 29 0.59% 4,946
Tom Green 7,031 46.12% 8,176 53.63% 39 0.26% 15,246
Travis 27,022 54.85% 22,107 44.87% 135 0.27% 49,264
Trinity 1,521 67.18% 707 31.23% 36 1.59% 2,264
Tyler 1,242 46.76% 1,401 52.75% 13 0.49% 2,656
Upshur 3,248 58.48% 2,262 40.73% 44 0.79% 5,554
Upton 930 52.84% 798 45.34% 32 1.82% 1,760
Uvalde 1,324 37.27% 2,214 62.33% 14 0.39% 3,552
Val Verde 2,049 56.87% 1,551 43.05% 3 0.08% 3,603
Van Zandt 2,825 56.88% 2,120 42.68% 22 0.44% 4,967
Victoria 5,779 55.58% 4,591 44.16% 27 0.26% 10,397
Walker 1,832 50.85% 1,750 48.57% 21 0.58% 3,603
Waller 1,101 48.57% 1,115 49.18% 51 2.25% 2,267
Ward 2,018 52.39% 1,763 45.77% 71 1.84% 3,852
Washington 1,864 41.52% 2,613 58.21% 12 0.27% 4,489
Webb 10,059 84.78% 1,802 15.19% 4 0.03% 11,865
Wharton 5,004 59.16% 3,387 40.04% 67 0.79% 8,458
Wheeler 1,011 41.37% 1,428 58.43% 5 0.20% 2,444
Wichita 14,587 53.60% 12,587 46.25% 39 0.14% 27,213
Wilbarger 2,319 45.21% 2,796 54.51% 14 0.27% 5,129
Willacy 2,109 60.48% 1,367 39.20% 11 0.32% 3,487
Williamson 5,410 68.74% 2,429 30.86% 31 0.39% 7,870
Wilson 2,905 69.88% 1,248 30.02% 4 0.10% 4,157
Winkler 1,642 50.48% 1,562 48.02% 49 1.51% 3,253
Wise 2,470 48.90% 2,562 50.72% 19 0.38% 5,051
Wood 2,633 51.51% 2,400 46.95% 79 1.55% 5,112
Yoakum 994 44.88% 1,207 54.49% 14 0.63% 2,215
Young 2,419 53.65% 2,067 45.84% 23 0.51% 4,509
Zapata 675 72.19% 260 27.81% 0 0.00% 935
Zavala 706 47.86% 761 51.59% 8 0.54% 1,475
Totals 1,167,567 50.52% 1,121,310 48.52% 22,207 0.96% 2,311,084

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1960 Presidential General Election Results - Texas". Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Phillips, Kevin P.; The Emerging Republican Majority, p. 212 ISBN 1400852293
  3. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Religious Factor in the 1960 Presidential Election: An Analysis of the Kennedy Victory over Anti-Catholic Prejudice, p. 135 ISBN 0786460377
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