CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 1994

Democratic Presidential Nominee: How Humphrey Was Elected


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Just moments ago, Vice President Hubert Humphrey was selected as the Democratic presidential nominee. Whatever your stance on politics may be, it is important to know how the United States got to this place.


At the Democratic National Convention, all delegates walked in knowing that the goal was to nominate a democratic presidential nominee. After convening with each other, the states voted as follows:


For Lyndon B. Johnson:

  • Illinois

  • Arizona

  • Alabama

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Hawaii

  • Idaho

  • Kansas

  • Maryland

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • Rhode Island

  • South Dakota

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Wyoming


For George Wallace:

  • Arkansas

  • Georgia

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • North Carolina

  • Tennessee

  • Virginia


For George McGovern:

  • California  

  • Montana

  • Pennsylvania


For Eugene McCarthy:

  • Alaska

  • Colorado

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • New Hampshire

  • North Dakota

  • South Carolina

  • Vermont

  • Washington


For George Smathers:

  • Florida


For Ralph Yaroborough:

No votes


For Edmund Muskie:

  • Maine


For Pigasus:

  • West Virginia


For Gaylord Nelson:

  • Wisconsin


When all the candidates were given a chance to speak, Ralph Yarborough of Texas, having received no votes for the nomination, officially withdrew his name from consideration for being the next Democratic presidential nominee.


Vice President Hubert Humphrey said he would “not run on a ballot with President Johnson’s name on it” and officially withdrew his name from the running to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee, but did not endorse another candidate.


Moments after Humphrey announced his withdrawal, President Johnson announced his retirement from politics, and endorsed Hubert Humphrey for president.


After voting with the new potential nominees, Vice President Hubert Humphrey was nominated to be the Democratic presidential nominee, and “graciously” accepted the nomination. He then appointed Sen. Hughes of New Jersey as his vice presidential running mate.


Ultimately, although Lyndon B. Johnson had the most widespread support that he did not accept, the United States had enough faith in his endorsement to nominate current Vice President Hubert Humphrey, with a common goal of making sure the Nixon administration never sees the light of day.