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Kennedy v. NixonThe Presidential Election of 1960$
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Edmund F. Kallina Jr.

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034850

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034850.001.0001

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November 8, 1960, and Its Aftermath

November 8, 1960, and Its Aftermath

(p.177) 9 November 8, 1960, and Its Aftermath
Kennedy v. Nixon

Edmund F. Kallina

University Press of Florida

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

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