1972 United States presidential election

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1972 United States presidential election

← 1968 November 7, 1972 1976 →

538 members of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout55.2%[1] Decrease 5.7 pp
Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
(originally Thomas Eagleton)
Electoral vote 520 17
States carried 49 1 + D.C.
Popular vote 47,168,710 29,173,222
Percentage 60.7% 37.5%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Nixon/Agnew. Blue denotes states won by McGovern/Shriver. Gold denotes won by Hospers by a Virginia faithless elector. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

Richard Nixon

Elected President

Richard Nixon

The 1972 United States presidential election happened on November 7, 1972. President Richard Nixon was reelected to a second term. He defeated the Democratic candidate, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota. Nixon won the election by a landslide (winning 49 of 50 states) and got 520 electoral votes. McGovern got 17 electoral votes. John Hospers got one electoral vote by a Virginia faithless elector.

This was the highest of any Republican nominee as a vote, as well as a highest electoral vote in a United States election until Ronald Reagan was re-elected in 1984 by a huge landslide.

George Wallace, governor of Alabama was shot by a would-be assassin during the election.

George McGovern's running mate changed from Thomas Eagleton to Sargent Shriver because of revelations about Eagleton's previous psychiatric problems.[2]

This election occurred during the Watergate scandal, which ultimately caused Nixon to resign in 1974.

Election results by county.

Candidates[change | change source]

Democratic Party[change | change source]

15 people declared their candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination. They were:[3]

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Republican Party[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  2. Adam Clymer (March 5, 2007). "Thomas F. Eagleton, 77, a Running Mate for 18 Days, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  3. "US President - D Primaries". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-16.

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