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The 1960 United States presidential election was the 44th quadrennial presidential election.It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1960. In a closely contested election, Democrat John F. Kennedy defeated incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican Party nominee. This was the first election in which all fifty states participated, and the last in which the District of Columbia did not.


Kennedy and Johnson won the election on November 8, 1960, defeating incumbent Vice President and Republican nominee Richard Nixon, who would later go on to be the 37th President of the United States. Kennedy and Johnson were sworn in as 35th President and 37th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1961 respectively.


United States presidential election of 1960, American presidential election held on November 8, 1960, in which Democrat John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated Republican Vice Pres. Richard M. Nixon.Kennedy thus became the first Roman Catholic and the youngest person ever elected president.Kennedy was also the first president born in the 20th century.


Republican candidate Richard Nixon ran against John F Kennedy during the 1960 Presidential election. Richard Nixon was the Vice President under Dwight D. Eisenhower at the time.


JFk ran against Republican candidate Richard Nixon for the 1960 presidential election Nixon John F. Kennedy won the 1960 presidential election defeating Richard Nixon.


Several key states seemed to shift toward Nixon, and by Election Day pollsters were declaring the election a toss-up. On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president in one of the closest elections in U.S. history. In the popular vote, his margin over Nixon was 118,550 out of a total of nearly 69 million votes cast.


The Presidential election of 1960 was one of the closest in American history. John F. Kennedy won the popular vote by a slim margin of approximately 100,000 votes. Richard Nixon won more individual states than Kennedy, but it was Kennedy who prevailed by winning key states with many electoral votes.


On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States in a bitter contest against the incumbent Vice President, Richard Nixon. It was one of the closest elections in American history, and some people still doubt its outcome.


Results of 1960 Presidential Election Primaries. Primary Date and Location. Republican Candidate. Number of Votes for Candidate and Percentage of All Votes. Democractic Candidate. Number of Votes for Candidate and Percentage of All Votes. March 8 - New Hampshire: Richard M. Nixon (N.Y.) 65204 (89.3%) John F. Kennedy (Mass.)


As a result, Kennedy received favorable publicity in the black community. Results of the Election. The election on November 8, 1960 remains one of the most famous election nights in American history. In the national popular vote, Kennedy beat Nixon by just one tenth of one percentage point (0.1%)—the closest popular-vote margin of the 20 th ...