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John F. Kennedy and the Democratic Nomination

Edmund F. Kallina

in Kennedy v. Nixon

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034850
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034850.003.0004
John F. Kennedy and the Democratic Nomination

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After the 1958 congressional sweep and with Eisenhower constitutionally prohibited from running for election, Democratic spirits soared. Under these circumstances, there was no shortage of available candidates to make the run at the head of the Democratic ticket. By the end of 1959, five leading presidential contenders were identifiable—Senators Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Stuart Symington, and former governor and presidential nominee Adlai E. Stevenson. All four of John F. Kennedy's major opponents were limited men with flawed strategies. Although it is easy to second-guess nomination strategies with the benefit of fifty years hindsight, there was a historical reason for Symington, Stevenson, and Johnson to hold back from the primaries and set their sights on the national convention.

Keywords: Democratic nomination; John F. Kennedy; national convention; presidential contest; Senators; primary vote

Chapter.  13984 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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