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|United States presidential election, 1968|
|November 5, 1968|
|Nominee||Hubert Humphrey||Richard Nixon|
|Running mate||Edmund Muskie||Spiro Agnew|
The United States presidential election of 1968 was a narrow election between Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Former Vice President Richard Nixon. Incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson opted not to run for re-election. Senator Robert F. Kennedy entered the race and was the Democratic front runner until his assassination. Following this, Vice President Humphrey became the party's nominee. At first, Humphrey struggled to keep up with Nixon's immense popularity and was afraid third party candidate George Wallace would decrease votes from him. However, he used Nixon's political absence to his advantage. Following a heavy endorsement from Ted Kennedy, Humphrey narrowly defeated Nixon in the General Election.