Richard Nixon lost the election of 1960 by 114,000 votes out of 76 million cast that day. In 1962, he failed to become Governor of California. In fact, he retired from politics and spent the next 5 years helping GOP candidates and hoping for another shot in 1968.
Nixon battled Governor Reagan of California and Governor Rockefeller of New York. He easily won the nomination on the first ballot in Miami.
In 1968, Mr Nixon got 43.4% and VP Humphrey was right behind with 42.73% of the 74 million votes cast. Governor Wallace got 13.5% and carried 5 Southern states.
In the end, Nixon got the Electoral Votes to become the 37th president.
Nixon wrote a lot about his 3 presidential elections: defeat in 1960, victory in 1968 and the landslide of 1972. It is one of the best presidential memoirs that I’ve read.
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) November 1, 2016