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November 8, 1960, and Its Aftermath

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/9780813034850.003.0010
November 8, 1960, and Its Aftermath

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On November 8, 1960, Americans went to the polls. Voter turnout was greater than it had been for any of the great Roosevelt elections of 1932, 1936, and 1940, and it was the highest since 1908. It has not been equaled since, and now ranks as the highest voter participation in a century. Most of the post-election action occurred in the Republican camp as the party members worked off their frustrations at losing such a close election. On the Democratic side, the prevailing mood was a combination of elation at victory, relief that the campaign was finally over, puzzlement as to why the margin was so small, and wariness as party leaders anticipated a Republican challenge.

Keywords: polls; general elections; election returns; voter turnout; Democratic; Republican

Chapter.  10830 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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