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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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John F. Kennedy and the Democratic Nomination

John F. Kennedy and the Democratic Nomination

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Kennedy v. Nixon

Edmund F. Kallina

University Press of Florida

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

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