New Jersey: Obama’s 58% Best By Democrat Since 1964

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Obama signs in Newark, New Jersey, in this file photo.

President Barack Obama won 58.3 percent of the vote in New Jersey on Nov. 6, the best showing by a Democratic presidential nominee in 48 years, according to an official count of votes released today.

Obama’s vote share in New Jersey rose from 57.3 percent in 2008, making the state one of five where the president won a greater share of the vote than four years ago. The other states are Alaska, Louisiana, Maryland and Mississippi.

Obama’ share rose in New Jersey, which voted Democratic for president for the sixth consecutive election, even as his share of the national popular vote declined to about 51 percent from 52.9 percent in 2008. About 10 states, including Democratic-leaning New York, haven’t released official vote totals.

Obama’s 58.3 percent vote share in New Jersey was the best showing by a presidential nominee since Republican Ronald Reagan won 60.1 percent in 1984, and the best performance by a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson won 65.6 percent in 1964.

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