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Presidential Campaign History - January 5, 2018

Senator John F. Kennedy (L) and Vice President Richard M. Nixon (R)

Q: One day after John F. Kennedy’s final televised presidential debate with Richard M. Nixon, JFK made a campaign appearance inside a Kansas high school cafeteria.  What's the name of the school where JFK made a brief stop on October 22, 1960?

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A: Shawnee Mission East High School (in Prairie Village)

One day after John F. Kennedy’s fourth and final televised presidential debate with Richard M. Nixon, JFK made a campaign appearance inside the Shawnee Mission East High School cafeteria.  In his book, Hidden History of Kansas, author Adrian Zink writes that Kennedy visited Johnson County for about an hour on Saturday, October 22, 1960.  His appearance at the high school in Prairie Village only lasted about 10 minutes.  Zink writes that the auditorium was busy with homecoming activities, so Kennedy was relegated to the school's cafeteria to meet and greet supporters.  The lunchroom was packed.  A thousand more spectators gathered outside the cafeteria, hoping to catch a glimpse of the young Democratic candidate.  Earlier in the day, Kennedy also campaigned at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City and in Wichita.  JFK's campaign stops in Kansas had little effect on the outcome of the presidential race in the Sunflower state.  In the end, Kansans voted for Nixon.  Kennedy did win the state of Missouri in 1960, but just barely.  ####
 
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