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This button was for the 1968 presidential ticket of Republicans Richard M. Nixon and his running mate, Spiro Agnew. They campaigned on a platform of restoring law and order after widespread rioting following Martin Luther King's assassination and Vietnam War protests, appointing judges less active in influencing social policy, and ending the draft. Nixon and Agnew faced Democratic challengers Hubert H. Humprey and Edmund Muskie as well as George Wallace and Curtis LeMay of the American Independent Party. Humphrey, vice president under Lyndon B. Johnson, promised to continue his Great Society and War on Poverty policies. Wallace, former Governor of Alabama, campaigned as a segregationist and "law and order" candidate.
Though Wallace siphoned off some votes from Nixon supporters, Nixon won the election with 301 electoral votes to 191 for Humphrey and 46 for Wallace, who won 5 states. It was the last election in which a third-party candidate won all of a state's electoral votes, and also the last time New York had the most electoral college votes of any state. Agnew resigned in 1973 after pleading no contest to a charge of tax fraud. Nixon served as president before resigning in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal.