SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1125: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1125

4. In 1968, President Johnson did not run for re-election because

A. he had already served two full terms.
B. he had lost the New Hampshire primary.
C. he wanted to negotiate a peace.
D. his health was failing.
E. Eugene McCarthy came in a close second in the New Hampshire primary.

Correct Answer: E


Johnson did not try to run for re-election because he was losing decisive control of his party. The antiwar forces (McCarthy and Kennedy) were gaining strength. He had not served two terms, and he was not sick. He wanted to negotiate a peace, but that was not a reason to drop out of the election; he could have negotiated a peace while campaigning.

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