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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

November 14, 1960: California tilting toward Nixon, Kennedy May Seek Unity Government

Vice President Nixon gained ground against Sen. Kennedy in California today. In the count of absentee votes, 60 percent were going to Nixon, who is now behind by 24,091 votes. California's 32 electoral votes would not be enough to swing the election to Nixon. Kennedy gained ground in Illinois, increasing his margin to 6,397 votes. Republicans are pushing for a recount in the Democratic wards of Chicago, where, they charge, 100,000 votes were stolen for Kennedy. In the nationwide popular vote, Kennedy has a lead of 268,871. Sen. Kennedy may be seeking a government of national unity after his narrow electoral victory. But Kennedy offered no official position to Nixon when the two met for an hour today in Key Biscayne, Florida, at Kennedy's urging. Kennedy, however, may be considering other Republicans for his administration. In New Orleans two white schools were integrated as federal deputy marshals escorted four Negro girls to class, through angry white crowds. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court decided today that a state cannot change a city's boundaries to exclude all Negro voters. An Air Force plane today caught a capsule in mid-air after it was ejected from an orbiting satellite and parachuted to earth. Nixon could have won the presidency if he had denounced anti-Catholic bigotry, sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset said today. Nixon "would have held the bigot vote anyway, and he would have won anti-bigot votes," Lipset said.


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