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What was the impact on of the killings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy on the election of 1968?

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Robert Kennedy was killed on June 6, 1968, after just having won the California primary election for president. Though historians disagree about whether he would have been chosen as the Democratic candidate for president had he lived, many believe that he had the popularity to gain the nomination. There is no doubt that weariness with the Vietnam War, as well as Kennedy's personal appeal and the lingering sympathy about his brother (President John F. Kennedy, who was killed in 1963), would have made him a formidable candidate. After his death, Hubert Humphrey won the Democratic nomination.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in April of 1968. Following his death, riots broke out in many cities in the summer of 1968. Nixon's promise of a return to law and order galvanized some Americans to vote...

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