Why was Lyndon Johnson important to John F. Kennedy's victory in 1960?

1 Answer
Sep 1, 2016

It secured support in the South and Johnson had considerable Congressional experience in the Senate.


Kennedy was the first and to date the only Catholic President. He was from the liberal north-east, Irish American and fighting a very tight race against Richard Nixon.

Johnson's support was vital in securing enough of the South, which was necessary for Kennedy to get into the White House by a very slim margin.

Kennedy's victory however was probably more the result of Sam Giancana, the head of the Chicago mafia, fixing the vote in Illinois.