1972 United States presidential election
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.
538 members of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
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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.
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George Wallace, governor of Alabama was shot by a would-be assassin during the election.
This election occurred during the Watergate scandal, which ultimately caused Nixon to resign in 1974.
15 people declared their candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination. They were:
- George McGovern, Senator from South Dakota
- Hubert Humphrey, Senator from Minnesota and former Vice President
- George Wallace, Governor of Alabama
- Edmund Muskie, Senator from Maine
- Eugene McCarthy, former Senator from Minnesota
- Henry M. Jackson, Senator from Washington
- Shirley Chisholm, Representative of New York's 12th congressional district
- Terry Sanford, former Governor of North Carolina
- John Lindsay, Mayor of New York City
- Wilbur Mills, Representative of Arkansas's 2nd congressional district
- Vance Hartke, Senator from Indiana
- Fred Harris, Senator from Oklahoma
- Sam Yorty, former Representative of California's 26th congressional district
- Patsy Mink, Representative of Hawaii's 2nd congressional district
- Walter Fauntroy, Delegate from Washington, D.C.
Former Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota
- Republican candidates:
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