The Vote: Mandate, Loud & Clear

The dimensions of Lyndon Johnson's victory were staggering. He won every one of the East's 142 electoral votes, becoming the first Democratic President ever to carry Vermont, the first since 1912 to win Maine. He made a clean sweep of the Midwest, the Mountain and Border States, the West Coast, appeared to have lost only Arizona in the Southwest. Only in the South did Barry Goldwater score a breakthrough, capturing Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. Remarkably, the pattern of Democrat Johnson's victory was strikingly similar to Republican Dwight Eisen- hower's...

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