The 1968 election was the first one after the enactment of the Voting Rights Act. With federal officials guaranteeing minority voters access to the ballot box, turnout increased dramatically among African-Americans. A large majority supported Humphrey and the Democrats, recognizing their support of civil rights legislation and social programs that began during the New Deal and continued under Johnson's administration.
Nixon won by balancing conservative and liberal opposition, making significant inroads in the South, and holding the Republican areas of the Midwest and the West.
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