After 16 years of Democratic rule, the Republicans were considered shoo-ins to return to the White House in this election. In fact, polling predicted a GOP landslide. But it wasn't to be. In the last month of the campaign, the Democrat stepped up to the plate and won an unexpected victory.
Democratic ticket: Popular vote 49.5% Electoral vote 303 Republican ticket: Popular vote 45.1% Electoral vote 189
A segregationist third-party candidate won 2.4% of the popular vote and 39 electoral votes from four southern states.