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Campaigning at Case: Presidential Elections, 1892-2008
1968: Demonstrations

Students demonstrated, picketed, and heckled during Cleveland appearances by Hubert Humphrey (D), George C. Wallace (American Independent), and Richard M. Nixon (R). “They must be teaching anarchy in the universities today,” was Wallace’s response to hecklers. On November 1, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) protested the presidential election. Carrying two caskets, meant to symbolize the Democratic and Republican parties, they expressed their disenchantment with the national elections.

Congressman (and future president) Gerald R. Ford gave a lecture on "The American Political Scene."
Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Fred Halstead spoke on campus.
Students protested at an appearance by Vice President Humphrey in downtown Cleveland.
Members of SDS protested the 1968 election with a mock funeral procession.
Anti-Wallace demonstrators were attacked and arrested during a George Wallace rally at Cleveland's Public Auditorium. Several Mather students were assaulted.

Ohio Popular Vote
National Popular Vote
Electoral Vote
Richard M. Nixon (R) 1,791,014 (45.2%)
Hubert H. Humphrey (D) 1,700,586 (43%)
George C. Wallace (American Independent) 467,495 (11.8%)
Dick Gregory (Peace and Freedom) 372
Henning A. Blomen (Socialist Labor) 120
Fred Halstead (Socialist Workers) 69
Charlene Mitchell (Communist) 23
E. Harold Munn (Prohibition) 19
Richard M. Nixon (R) 31,785,148 (43.42%)
Hubert H. Humphrey (D) 31,274,503 (42.72%)
George C. Wallace (American Independent) 9,901,151 (13.53%)
Henning A. Blomen (Socialist Labor) 52,591 (.07%)
Dick Gregory (Peace and Freedom) 47,097 (.06%)
Fred Halstead (Socialist Workers) 41,390 (.06%)
E. Harold Munn (Prohibition) 14,915 (.02%)
Charlene Mitchell (Communist) 1,076
Richard M. Nixon (R) 301
Hubert H. Humphrey (D) 191
George C. Wallace (American Independent) 46

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, September 2004.