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Kennedy vs Kefauver '56

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Published on Aug 25, 2012

The 1956 final ballot for vice president was as dramatic as any Democratic convention has witnessed. Presidential nominee Adlai E. Stevenson left the choice to Delegates. When the second roll-call was completed, but before the result had been announced, Senator Kennedy had 648 votes, 38 1/2 votes short of the required majority. He was far ahead of Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver. Then the states began to wave their standards to switch their votes. The lead seesawed. At that point, Senator Albert Gore of Tennessee, who was running third, withdrew in favor of his colleague and released the delegates pledged to him. That started a stampede to the 53-year-old Kefauver. His nomination was made by acclamation upon the motion of Kennedy.

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