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Jerry H. Goldfeder and Myrna Pérez

In 1960 Richard Nixon and John Kennedy battled for New York’s all-important 45 electoral college votes. Nixon proved more popular among Republicans than Kennedy was among Democrats—Nixon received 3,446,419 votes on the GOP line to Kennedy’s 3,423,909 on the Democratic line, a margin for Nixon of some 23,000 votes. In any other state in the union, Nixon would have won the state and all of its electoral college votes. That would have resulted in 264 electoral college votes for Nixon—just short of the magic number of 269 that year—and 258 for Kennedy. Sen. Harry F. Byrd from Virginia received the remaining 15 electoral college votes. With no candidate receiving an electoral college majority, the presidential election would have been thrown into the House of Representatives for the first time since 1824.

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