. Henry Dworshak clinched reelection over moderate Robert McLaughlin.
An overwhelming Kennedy landslide in Chicago was overcome by Nixon's downstate strength; Nixon had less than one per cent lead at 4:45 a.m. Senator Paul Douglas, veteran Democrat, won reeladtion, and Judge Otto Kerner, Jr. defeated Incumbent William G. Stratton in the gubernatorial race.
Nixon picked up expected Midwest Farm votes with a substantial victory, and GOP Senatorial candidate Jack Miller, riding his coat talls, won by 20,000 ballots over Gov. Hershel Loveless.
John Sherman Cooper, popular Republican Senator, was the only GOP Congressional candidate to win in the South. Nixon and Cooper each carried the state by about 132,000.
Kennedy plurality of 120,000 aided by heavy Catholic vote. Bellwether district showed 24 per cent Democratic increase over '56. Sen. Allen Ellender reelected.
Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, in the nation's first all-women election, won back her Senate seat as Nixon held a 3-2 margin in Maine. Republican Gov. John H. Reed returned to the State House by the same lead.
For Kennedy by 80,000. No other races.
Nixon won Harry Truman's home precinct, but little else, Democratic winners in clean sweeps were Kennedy, Governor-elect John Dalton, re-elected Senator Edward Long, and House Parliamentarian Clarence Cannon.
The state split its ballot, favoring Nixon by over 95,000, and Democrat Frank Morrison by 17,000.
For Eisenhower by 16,000 in '56, Kennedy won it by the slimmest of margins, about 2,000 votes.
New Hampshire (4)
To Nixon after midnight, close call. Kennedy led for a long time, but lost by over 13,000 votes. Gov. Wesley Powell, longtime vehement conservative, won by more than 20,000 over Bernard L. Boutin, Similarly inclined Sen. Styles Bridges won by 33,000. Republicans led in both Congressional districts.
New Jersey (16)
Bucking a trend that gave Kennedy the state, Republican Sen. Clifford Case held on to an early lead and won concession from his opponent an hour after the polls closed.
New York (45)
Kennedy started fast with very surprising strength upstate and came through as well, or better than expected in the City to win by more than 400,000. Republican Rep. Lindeay won downtown; upstate Republican veteran Rep. Tabor was having a close call at 4:30 a.m.
North Carolina (14)
Stayed Democratic with lots of machine help. Early convention Kennedy supporter Terry Sanford won governorship after a tough campaign. Got 115,000 plurality.
Mrs. Richard Neuberger won the Senate seat of her late husband by defeating former Republican Gov. Elmo Smith. Nixon carried the state, but not by as great a margin as expected.
Rhode Island (4)
Kennedy, as expected, swept predominantly Catholic Rhode Island, taking the local state ticket with him. Lt. Gov. John Notte, keeping pace with the Kennedy total, upset Republican Gov. Christopher DelSesto. Clairborne Pell, winner of a three-cornered Senatorial primary fight, ran ahead of Kennedy to win by a 150,000 plurality.
South Carolina (8)
If religion was ever thought to have been decisive, this was the state. Republicans had privately counted on it. Yet Kennedy squeaked through by 10,000. Sen. Strom Thurmond, a Democrat who still has not supported the national ticket, won without opposition.
In a doubtful state, Nixon's plurality was 73,000, but Democratic Sen. Ester Kefauver, after a close primary scare, won reelection easily.
Republicans retained their supremacy as Gov. Robert Stafford unseated Democratic phenomenon Rep. William Meyer, gubernatorial candidate F. Ray Keyser won easily, and Nixon, like every GOP Presidential candidate in history, took the state's three electoral votes.
With half the vote in, no one was conceding anything and everybody expected the decision to go to absentee ballots. Democratic Gov. Rosellini in his bid for re-election and Nixon led by less than 2,000.
West Virginia (8)
Senator Jennings Randolph, a Democrat, defeated Governor C. H. Underwood by more than 100,000 votes; Kennedy took advantage of economic unrest and easily won this predominantly Protestant Industrial state.
Another significant split-ballot: Nixon by 77,000; Democratic Governor Gaylord Nelson by 32,000 in a re-election bid.