Interview with Harry McPherson
QUESTION 25
PAUL STECKLER:

That's perfect, can I ask you one last question that will take us even further? In 1965, Lyndon Johnson, fresh from passing a landmark Civil Rights Bill, wins a Presidential election in one of the largest landslides in American history. Just four years later, the election is dominated by George Wallace and his issues, law and order, and it's an election that produces Richard Nixon, a man who wins with probably the smallest percentage of Black votes of any modern president up that point in time. What happened in that election?

HARRY MCPHERSON:

Lyndon Johnson in 1964 won over half the White vote in America. He is the only democratic nominee for President since the death of Franklin Roosevelt to win as much as 50 percent of the White vote. After Johnson, only one Democrat won as much as 40 percent of the White vote and that was Carter.