Richard Nixon, 1960
But the real turning point was election night itself. In spite of the lopsided electoral vote, Kennedy won the popular vote by less than one tenth of one percent. Republicans cried foul, saying Kennedy had benefited from widespread fraud in Chicago and Texas. (Had Nixon won these two, he would have carried the electoral college.) The patriots in little Fanin County in Texas, with only 4,895 registered voters, cast over 6,000 votes. Chicago Mayor Daley, whose political machine routinely delivered whopping victories to Democrats held back a lot of the Chicago vote until the morning of November 9th. When the votes were "counted" (a lot of the ballots seem to have disappeared) Kennedy won Chicago with a ten-percent margin, overcoming Nixon's victory in the rest of the state. Although things smelled fishy, subsequent reports say it didn't smell of an entire tuna, which would have been enough to say the election was actually stolen. In a recount, the only state that went to Nixon from Kennedy was Hawaii.
John Kennedy: 303
Richard Nixon: 219
1. The F stood for "Freaking Beefcake."