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The United States presidential election of 1960
was the 44th quadrennial presidential election
. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1960. The Republican Party
nominated incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon
, while the Democratic Party
nominated Lyndon B. Johnson
, U.S. Senator
. The incumbent President
, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower
, was not eligible for re-election after being elected the maximum two times allowed by the Twenty-Second Amendment
. He was the first President affected by that amendment. This was the first presidential election in which voters in Alaska
were able to participate, as both had become states in 1959.