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Prior to Humphrey's run, President Lyndon Johnson began a campaign for re-election, entering his name in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary for March 1968.
Late in 1967, building upon anti-war sentiment, Senator Eugene Mc Carthy of Minnesota entered the race with heavy criticism of the President's Vietnam War policies.
As Vice President, Humphrey oversaw turbulent times in America, including race riots and growing frustration and anger over the large number of casualties in the Vietnam War.
President Johnson's popularity had plummeted as the election grew closer.
He served two, two-year terms, and gained a reputation as an anti-Communist and ardent supporter of the Civil Rights Movement.