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United States Presidential election, 1968
November 5, 1968
Nominee George Wallace Nelson Rockefeller Eugene McCarthy
Party American Independent Republican Democratic
Home state Alabama New York Minnesota
Running mate Happy Chandler Spiro Agnew Edmund Muskie
Electoral vote 285 207 46
States carried 26 10 14 + D.C.
Percentage 33.2% 29.1% 36.6%
The United States presidential election of 1968 was the 46th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 5, 1968. The American Independent nominee, former Alabama Governor George Wallace, won the election over the Republican nominee, Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the Democratic nominee, Minnesota Senator Eugene "Gene" McCarty. Wallace ran on a campaign that promised to restore law and order to the nation's cities, torn by riots and crime.

Analysts have argued the election of 1968 was a major realigning election as it permanently disrupted the New Deal Coalition that had dominated presidential politics for 36 years. Coming four years after Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson won in a historic landslide, the election saw the incumbent president forced out of the race and a Republican elected for the first time in 12 years. It was a wrenching national experience, conducted during a year of violence that included the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and subsequent race riots across the nation, the assassination of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, widespread opposition to the Vietnam War across university campuses, and violent confrontations between police and anti-war protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention as the Democratic party split again and again.

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