1964Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-CA) / Congressman Shawn Alfred (R-VA) - 466Sen. L. D. Smith (D-CA) (replacing Communist activist T. N. Franklin (D-KY)) / House Majority Leader Max Wells (D-OK) - 72
In 1964, avowed Communist T. N. Franklin seized the Democratic nomination, after which he was assassinated. Senator L. D. Smith found himself the only man willing to take the helm of the Democratic Party, nominating House Majority Leader Max Wells for Vice President. However, the stigma from Franklin couldn't be shaken, resulting in a landslide for Goldwater.