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1972 Presidential Election


Richard M. Nixon vs George McGovern (November 7th, 1972)


Incumbent President Richard Nixon, under the shadow of the Vietnam War, easily secured his second term against Democratic challenger George McGovern of South Dakota.
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Photograph of Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon (CA)
Republican

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: Spiro Agnew
Carried Home State (California): Yes
Incumbent Status: Yes
520
Electoral Votes (270 needed to win)
49 of 50 states carried (98%)


47,168,710
Popular Vote (61.8%)
17
Electoral Votes (270 needed to win)
1 of 50 states carried (2%)


29,173,222
Popular Vote (38.2%)
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Photograph of George McGovern
George McGovern (SD)
Democrat

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: Sargent Shriver
Carried Home State (South Dakota): No
Incumbent Status: No


STATE EC VOTES (538 TOTAL):
* Maine and Nebraska are the only two states that do not follow the 'winner-take-all' rule regarding their Electoral Votes per candidate. This allows for a more proportional division of the claimed Electoral Votes. States with a historically high number of Electoral Votes are shown in YELLOW below. Any third party candidate wins (if applicable) are represented in ORANGE.
520
17
Alabama (9)
Alaska (3)
Arizona (6)
Arkansas (6)
California (45)
Colorado (7)
Connecticut (8)
Delaware (3)
Florida (17)
Georgia (12)
Hawaii (4)
Idaho (4)
Illinois (26)
Indiana (13)
Iowa (8)
Kansas (7)
Kentucky (9)
Louisiana (10)
Maine (0)*
Maine (4)*
Maryland (10)
Massachusetts (14)
Michigan (21)
Minnesota (10)
Mississippi (7)
Missouri (12)
Montana (4)
Nebraska (5)*
Nebraska (0)*
Nevada (3)
New Hampshire (4)
New Jersey (17)
New Mexico (4)
New York (41)
North Carolina (13)
North Dakota (3)
Ohio (25)
Oklahoma (8)
Oregon (6)
Pennsylvania (27)
Rhode Island (4)
South Carolina (8)
South Dakota (4)
Tennessee (10)
Texas (26)
Utah (4)
Vermont (3)
Virginia (11)
Washington (9)
West Virginia (6)
Wisconsin (11)
Wyoming (3)
Dictrict of Colombia (3)


NOTES:
In the 1972 Presidential Election, incumbent Richard Nixon easily defeated challenger George McGovern - who failed to win his home state of South Dakota and claimed just Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Conversely, Nixon won 520 (to 17) and earned 47,168,710 (to 29,173,222) of the Popular Vote.

A single Electoral Vote in Virginia was cast by a Faithless Elector for the Hospers/Nathan ticket.


TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES AVAILABLE by REGION:
NORTHEAST - 122 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)
MIDWEST - 145 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
WEST - 102 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
SOUTH - 165 (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia)
SPECIAL - 3 (District of Colombia)