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1964 United States presidential election in Vermont

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1964 United States presidential election in Vermont

← 1960 November 3, 1964 1968 →
Black and White 37 Lyndon Johnson 3x4.jpg
Senator Goldwater 1960.jpg
Nominee Lyndon B. Johnson Barry Goldwater
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Texas Arizona
Running mate Hubert Humphrey William E. Miller
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 108,127 54,942
Percentage 66.30% 33.69%

Vermont Presidential Election Results 1964.svg
County Results

President before election

Lyndon Johnson

Elected President

Lyndon Johnson

The 1964 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 3, 1964, as part of the 1964 United States presidential election in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participated. Vermont voters chose 3 electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson and his running mate, President pro tempore of the Senate Hubert Humphrey, against Republican challenger and Senator Barry Goldwater from Arizona and his running mate and Chair of the Republican National Committee, William E. Miller.

Vermont voted overwhelmingly for Lyndon B. Johnson with 66.30% of the vote to Goldwater's 33.69%, a Democratic victory margin of 32.61%.[1] With this decisive win, Johnson became the first Democratic presidential candidate to ever win Vermont, breaking a Republican voting streak of 104 years, beginning in 1856. Johnson's landslide margin of victory in this traditional Republican stronghold even made the state ten percentage points more Democratic than the national average in the 1964 election.[2] Along with winning the state for the first time, Johnson was also the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Rutland, Orange, Orleans, Windham and Windsor Counties.

Vermont historically was a bastion of progressive Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1964 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party. However, in 1964 this streak came to an end when the GOP nominated staunch conservative Barry Goldwater. The staunch conservative Barry Goldwater was widely seen in the liberal Northeastern United States as a right-wing extremist;[3] he had voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Johnson campaign portrayed him as a warmonger who as president would provoke a nuclear war.[4] Thus, Goldwater performed especially weakly in liberal northeastern states like Vermont, and for the first time in history, a Democratic presidential candidate swept every Northeastern state in 1964. Not only did Johnson win every Northeastern state, but he won all of them with landslides of over 60% of the vote, including Vermont, which weighed in as the ninth most Democratic state in the nation. Goldwater lost the 1964 election in a nationwide landslide, but the loss in Vermont was especially severe from a historical perspective.

Johnson swept all 14 counties in Vermont, breaking 60% of the vote in 11 of them. In the northwestern part of the state, Johnson broke 70% of the vote in 2 counties: Chittenden County, the most populous county, home to the state's largest city, Burlington, as well as Franklin County. The northwestern three counties of Vermont had long been Democratic enclaves in an otherwise Republican state, and remained the most Democratic region in 1964, even as the rest of the state finally joined them in voting Democratic. Johnson's weakest performance was in Lamoille County, where he carried 53.85% of the vote to Goldwater's 46.15% – a strong performance for the Democrats nonetheless.

After 1964, the state would revert to voting GOP again in 1968 and remain in the Republican column for another twenty-year streak through 1988, although the Republicans would never recover the overwhelming margins by which they once dominated Vermont. The results of 1964, with Goldwater dominating the Deep South while losing the Northeast, would foreshadow the future political trajectory of the nation. Like the rest of the Northeast, Vermont would finally flip to the Democrats for good in 1992, ultimately forming what would be known as the Blue Wall. As the GOP became increasingly dominated by Southerners, conservatives, and evangelicals, the 1964 election would foreshadow Vermont's modern-day status as one of the most Democratic and left-wing states in the nation.

Johnson's landslide win in Vermont would remain the strongest Democratic victory in the state until the elections of Barack Obama, who outperformed Johnson in Vermont in both 2008 and 2012. In 2020, Joe Biden outperformed Johnson's margin but not his vote share.

Vermont was one of the three states that voted with a certain party for the first time in this election, the other two being Alaska and Georgia.


1964 United States presidential election in Vermont[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Lyndon B. Johnson 108,127 66.30% 3
Republican Barry Goldwater 54,942 33.69% 0
No party Write-ins 20 0.01% 0
Totals 163,089 100.00% 3
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 70%/78%

Results by county

County Lyndon Baines Johnson
Barry Morris Goldwater
Various candidates
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # %
Addison 4,758 57.62% 3,500 42.38% 1,258 15.24% 8,258
Bennington 7,359 65.39% 3,895 34.61% 3,464 30.78% 11,254
Caledonia 5,732 63.76% 3,258 36.24% 2,474 27.52% 8,990
Chittenden 21,817 70.68% 9,050 29.32% 12,767 41.36% 30,867
Essex 1,673 69.05% 750 30.95% 923 38.10% 2,423
Franklin 8,823 73.00% 3,261 26.98% 2 0.02% 5,562 46.02% 12,086
Grand Isle 996 66.27% 506 33.67% 1 0.07% 490 32.60% 1,503
Lamoille 2,376 53.85% 2,036 46.15% 340 7.70% 4,412
Orange 3,918 58.99% 2,723 41.00% 1 0.02% 1,195 17.99% 6,642
Orleans 4,898 61.95% 3,009 38.05% 1,889 23.90% 7,907
Rutland 13,241 64.89% 7,165 35.11% 6,076 29.78% 20,406
Washington 12,002 67.57% 5,750 32.37% 11 0.06% 6,252 35.20% 17,763
Windham 8,371 66.67% 4,180 33.29% 4 0.03% 4,191 33.38% 12,555
Windsor 12,163 67.49% 5,859 32.51% 1 0.01% 6,304 34.98% 18,023
Totals 108,127 66.30% 54,942 33.69% 20 0.01% 53,185 32.61% 163,089

Counties that swung from Republican to Democratic


See also


  1. ^ a b c "1964 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  2. ^ Counting the Votes; Vermont
  3. ^ Donaldson, Gary; Liberalism's Last Hurrah: The Presidential Campaign of 1964; p. 190 ISBN 1510702369
  4. ^ Edwards, Lee and Schlafly, Phyllis; Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution; pp. 286-290 ISBN 162157458X
  5. ^ "1960 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
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