12019-03-12T23:57:59+00:00Stanford University Pressaf84c3e11fe030c51c61bbd190fa82a3a1a1282412plainpublished2019-07-03T10:36:03+00:00AnonymousGuest post by Ivan Monroy, History MA student at Arizona State University.
On Tuesday, November 1, 1960, the Atlanta Daily World published an article entitled “Kennedy Wins In Political Poll Out At Morehouse.” Students at Morehouse College, along with faculty and special guests Frank Smith, William Clark, Michael Davis, and James Compton, participated in a panel discussion concerning presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. Each candidate had two spokespeople laying out their policy positions and arguing in favor of their candidate. The topic of the panel discussion was “Who should be the next President of the United States—Kennedy or Nixon?”
After the panel discussion, students and faculty took a straw vote. Asked which candidate they preferred for president, students cast 225 votes for Kennedy and 201 for Nixon. Among faculty, the voting margin was far wider. Kennedy received 14 votes, while Nixon received a mere 4.