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Americans will vote for a new president Tuesday, but sometimes the outcome of an election isn’t always known immediately. Sometimes it’s too close to call until the next day.

And, in 2000, there was no winner named until more than a month later.

Here’s a look at our past presidential election announcements in The Oklahoman since 1960, the year John F. Kennedy was declared the winner and became the 35th president of the United States.

1960

Although Richard Nixon had carried Oklahoma, he conceded in the early morning hours that he had lost to John F. Kennedy.

 

1964

In 1964, it was reported as "no surprise" that incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson was elected president. Sen. Barry Goldwater initially held out from making a concession, but the election was considered a "landslide" victory for Johnson.

1968

In 1968, Richard M. Nixon and Hubert H. Humphrey were in a deadlock race that was described as a "monumental struggle for electoral votes." However, on Nov. 7, The Oklahoman announced Nixon as the country's next president, although by a narrow margin, having received only 43 percent of the popular vote.  

1972

In 1972, President Richard Nixon didn't have the same battle as the previous election. Nixon won with a "smashing landslide" as voters re-elected him to the highest office in the United States.

1976

In 1976, the election was not yet declared in the morning paper, although The Oklahoman reported Jimmy Carter "close to victory" over President Gerald Ford. In the next day's coverage, Carter was urging unity as he became the next president for a country celebrating its bicentennial.   

1980

Ronald Reagan, a former actor and California governor, won the presidency against Jimmy Carter in 1980, preventing Carter from a second term. On Page 1, Reagan was pictured receiving a victory hug from his daughter, Maureen. 

1984

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan swept the nation again for his second term in office. Oklahomans overwhelmingly re-elected Reagan over Walter Mondale for another four-year term.

1988

In 1988, republican George H.W. Bush won the presidency, while the democrats held onto control of Congress. Opponent Michael Dukakis conceded to Bush, saying, "This nation faces major challenges and we must work together." 

1992

In 1992, the presidential office was won by democrats with the Bill Clinton/Al Gore ticket. Clinton and Gore raised their arms in victory in Little Rock, Ark. 

1996

In 1996, President Bill Clinton was elected once again, besting Bob Dole by a landslide.

"I wish him well and I pledge my support," Dole said in his concession speech. He hushed supporters who booed Clinton.  

2000

The 2000 presidential election would not be a quick win for either candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore. The Oklahoman's headline the morning after the election announced, "Too close to call."

And, indeed, it would be not days, but weeks before a winner was announced. 

More than a month later, Gore conceded. "For unity, 'I offer my concession,'" The Oklahoman reported on Dec. 14.

2004

In 2004, the presidential race between George W. Bush was once again too close to call by deadline. However, by the following day, President Bush was re-elected, winning a victory over presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry.

2008

In 2008, history was made when American voters elected Barack Obama the first black U.S. president. The Oklahoman's headline, "Change has come to America," announced the event in the morning paper. Opponent John McCain had carried Oklahoma with about 66 percent of the vote.

2012

In 2012, President Barack Obama won once again, defeating Mitt Romney, who had overwhelmingly swept Oklahoma.

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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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