The Duncan Banner

Local News

November 22, 2013

Close election race against Nixon helped define Kennedy’s legacy

DUNCAN — Just as most Americans in their 50s and 60s know exactly where they were the day – Nov. 22, 1963 -- President John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, they also remember the charisma of Kennedy, the handsome Democratic candidate, and his performance on the first ever series of four televised debates.

Richard Nixon was the Republican opponent and while both he and Kennedy were strong, knowledgeable and capable candidates, Kennedy’s good looks, charm and style seemed to offer the Massachusetts senator a significant edge in what routinely has been called the first modern presidential election.

What people forget, however, is in spite the advantages, Kennedy was elected by the slimmest of margins.

With Lyndon Baines Johnson as his vice presidential mate, Kennedy and the Democrats polled 34,220,984 votes in 1960, outdistancing Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge, his VP choice, by just 112,827 votes. The Republican ticket collected 34,108,157 votes.

In other words, there were more than 68 million votes cast and the margin was just 112,827 votes.

There were 303 electoral votes for Kennedy-Johnson, 219 for Nixon-Lodge and 15 non-committed electors.

Oklahoma overwhelmingly voted for Nixon-Lodge, giving them 59 percent of the state vote (533,039) while Kennedy-Johnson received only 370,111 Sooner state votes.

Stephens County followed suit, though not by as wide a margin. Nixon-Lodge got 8,084 votes in 1960 or 54 percent. Kennedy-Johnson got 6,899 votes or 46 percent.

Johnson finished Kennedy’s term, then was elected to a full term as president, leaving office in January 1969. Nixon won and took office in 1969. He was re-elected, then left office in disgrace in August 1974.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Psychologists disagree on Bench’s mental competency

    Two psychologists on Tuesday offered differing opinions  about the mental competency of Miles Sterling Bench to stand trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Braylee Henry.
    Bench, dressed in a dark blue suit, sat through a second day of court proceedings that will determine if the case against him goes to trial. The state is seeking the death penalty.

    April 16, 2014

  • Empire water removal proposal withdrawn

    A rural water district has canceled its application to withdraw up to 7.8 million gallons of additional water after Empire residents protested their private wells might run dry if that much groundwater was taken.
    A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board said Tuesday the application for groundwater rights was withdrawn by Fox Engineering Inc., an Ardmore firm that works as a consultant for Rural Water District No. 3.

    April 16, 2014

  • Man stabbed at water treatment plant

    A 50-year-old man who said was approached by three males was stabbed and cut several time at the Duncan Water Treatment Plant, police said Tuesday.
    The attack took place around 9 p.m. Monday on the south side of the treatment plant office where two men forced the victim against a wall and a third man attacked him, police said.

    April 16, 2014

  • Maundy Thursday services reflect on night before crucifixion

    Maundy Thursday, the night before the crucifixion that some Chrisitians refer to as “Holy Thursday,” will be recognized with special services in some Duncan churches.
    The day is celebrated in recognition of the Last Supper and a foot washing ceremony that took place before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

    April 16, 2014

  • jimmyseggstore.jpg Jimmy’s Egg set to open June 9

    A new Jimmy’s Egg restaurant will open in Duncan on June 9 and will begin interviewing job applicants later this month, the restaurant’s general manager said on Tuesday.
    The restaurant will seat about 150 and will employ 33 people, said Libby Shirra, the new general manager.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 Odesse Barnes Mug crop.jpg Fourth man accused of hiding Lane murder weapon

    The Stephens County District Attorney’s Office on Monday charged a fourth person in the Christopher Lane murder case.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Slaying of former Duncan doctor shocks friends

    The deaths of former Duncan physician Bill Corporon and his teenage grandson at the hand of a onetime Ku Klux Klan leader left the beloved doctor’s friends in Oklahoma heartbroken and shocked on Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • file 3-17 BENCH Miles Sterling.jpg Competency hearing begins in Bench case

     A hearing to determine if Miles Bench is mentally competent to stand trial for murder began Monday in Stephens County District Court.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Skeletal remains found in pond

    More skeletal remains that may be linked to the death of a woman in 2006 have been discovered in a pond northeast of Bray this weekend, authorities said Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Commissioners choose different bid in electric project

    A decision made a week ago was changed on Monday when Stephens County commissioners found liability coverage would not be provided.

    April 15, 2014

Poll

Who do you favor for the U.S. Senate seat that Tom Coburn is giving up?

State Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond
State Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City
Former State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso
     View Results
AP Video