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United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1964

United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1964

November 3, 1964

Nominee Lyndon B. Johnson Barry Goldwater
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Texas Arizona
Running mate Hubert Humphrey William E. Miller
Electoral vote 17 0
Popular vote 1,867,671 963,843
Percentage 65.61% 33.86%

County Results

President before election

Lyndon Johnson

Elected President

Lyndon Johnson

The 1964 United States presidential election in New Jersey took place on November 3, 1964. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1964 United States presidential election. New Jersey voters chose 17 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the President and Vice President.

New Jersey was won overwhelmingly by the Democratic nominees, incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas and his running mate Senator Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota. Johnson and Humphrey defeated the Republican nominees, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona and his running mate Congressman William E. Miller of New York.

Johnson carried New Jersey in a landslide with 65.61% of the vote to Goldwater's 33.86%, a margin of 31.75%. [1]

Johnson also swept all 21 of New Jersey's counties, the first time a Democratic presidential nominee had ever done so. Johnson broke 60% of the vote in 15 counties, and also broke 70% of the vote in 4 of them: Hudson County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, and Cumberland County, falling just short of the mark in Essex County, where Johnson received 69.9%. Hudson County would be the most Democratic county, giving Johnson 73.5% of the vote. Goldwater's strongest county was rural Sussex County, where he received 45.2% of the vote to Johnson's 54.8%.

New Jersey in this era was usually a swing state with a slight Republican lean. But this normal pattern was broken in 1964, as Goldwater's staunch conservatism led many moderate Northeastern Republicans to view Goldwater as an extremist and defect to the Democrats that year. As Johnson won a massive landslide nationally, normally GOP-leaning New Jersey's result would even be almost 10% more Democratic than the national average.


United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1964
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Lyndon B. Johnson 1,867,671 65.61% 17
Republican Barry Goldwater 963,843 33.86% 0
Socialist Workers Clifton DeBerry 8,181 0.29% 0
Socialist Labor Eric Hass 7,075 0.25% 0
Totals 2,846,770 100.0% 17
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 69%/88%

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