Welcome to the Forum, David. I'll go in and change your name so that it appears with upper and lower case after I post a reply.
First, there is no way of knowing for certain whether it was LBJ that cost Kennedy California. It could be as simple as Californians were fond of voting for one of their own.
Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California in Orange County, had attended Whittier College in California, practiced law in that state and was later (1946) elected to the House
of Representatives for California. In 1950 he was elected Senator from California.
Having said that, there was a difference of eight (8) electoral votes between California's (32) and Texas' (24) electoral votes, respectively. Kennedy/Johnson only lost California
by a margin of 0.55% of the vote! So LBJ didn't hurt it that much. I think they were fortunate to unexpectedly get even that close. Compare it to what the Kennedy/Johnson ticket
got in Massachusetts! The margin of victory was 20.67% in JFK's home state vs 0.55% for Nixon in his own home state. That's where the real significance lies.
And look at the other southern states that probably went Kennedy's way due to LBJ, such as, Georgia (12) with a margin of 25.11% and Louisiana (10) with a margin of 21.83%.
Picking up either one of those states by themselves would have been more than enough to compensate for the loss of California. When you add picking up Texas due to having
LBJ on the ticket he becomes nearly indispensable.
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