Richard M. Nixon ran against John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election. President Kennedy won by a very slim margin, receiving 34,226,731 popular votes versus Nixon’s 34,108,157 votes and 303 electoral votes versus Nixon’s 219 votes. Harry F. Byrd did not run but received 15 electoral votes.
Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson, Senator Stuart Symington and Senator Hubert Humphrey are a few of the candidates who ran against President Kennedy in the 1960 Democratic presidential primary. Some Republicans believed Kennedy benefited from voter fraud in Illinois and Texas — his vice-presidential candidate’s home state. After President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th president with Hubert Humphrey serving as vice president.