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Posted By: Little Hawk
31-Aug-07 - 01:07 PM
Thread Name: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
Subject: RE: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
Yes. Prior to that the Deep South had voted Democratic with almost total consistency (given that the Republicans were the hated "party of Lincoln"). The results of the 1968 election are really fascinating. Most of the Deep South went to Wallace and the Independent Party who opposed desegregation! It was a rare case of a third party making serious inroads in the electoral results.

Here's the map of which states were taken by whom in '68:

1968 election results by state

The Democrats did well in the industrial northeast, state of Washington, and Texas, oddly enough. Wallace took Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Arkansas! Nixon did well everywhere else, and that was enough to win it for him.

I can't help but wonder if Wallace got shot because he was fucking around with the political status quo in America too much? He took a lot of votes away from Nixon in '68, and that almost allowed the Democrats to win the election.