1960 United States presidential election / 1960: The Making of the President Game Rules

John F. Kennedy, with his brother Robert and Robert’s wife, Ethel, behind him, watching election coverage at Hyannis Port, Mass., on the morning of Nov. 9, 1960.

“…  Kennedy won a 303 to 219 Electoral College victory and is generally considered to have won the national popular vote by 112,827, a margin of 0.17 percent, though some argue that Nixon should be credited with the popular vote victory, as the issue of the popular vote was complicated by the presence of several unpledged electors in the Deep South. … Furthermore, the new votes that Kennedy, the first Roman Catholic president, gained among Catholics almost neutralized the new votes Nixon gained among Protestants. Kennedy’s campaigning skills decisively outmatched Nixon’s, who wasted time and resources campaigning in all fifty states while Kennedy focused on campaigning in populous swing states. Nixon’s emphasis on his experience carried little weight for most voters. … Kennedy and Nixon both drew large and enthusiastic crowds throughout the campaign. In August 1960, most polls gave Nixon a slim lead over Kennedy, and many political pundits regarded him as the favorite to win. However, Nixon was plagued by bad luck throughout the fall campaign. In August, President Eisenhower, who had long been ambivalent about Nixon, held a televised press conference in which a reporter, Charles Mohr of Time, mentioned Nixon’s claims that he had been a valuable administration insider and adviser. Mohr asked Eisenhower if he could give an example of a major idea of Nixon’s that he had heeded. Eisenhower responded with the flip comment, ‘If you give me a week, I might think of one.’ Although both Eisenhower and Nixon later claimed that he was merely joking with the reporter, the remark hurt Nixon, as it undercut his claims of having greater decision-making experience than Kennedy. The remark proved so damaging to Nixon that the Democrats turned Eisenhower’s statement into a television commercial. …”
W – 1960 United States presidential election
Worried About a Rigged Election? Here’s One Way to Handle It
Slate: Was Nixon Robbed?
NY Times – No Concession, No Sleep: Glued to the TV on Election Night 1960
“The goal in 1960: The Making of the President is to claim a majority of electoral votes on Election Day. To do so, you must win states worth a larger combined electoral value than your opponent. Electoral votes are won by gaining State Support in individual states. This support is represented by cubes placed as state support into states. …”
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