1972 United States presidential election

Template:Infobox Election This election was between United States President Richard Nixon and Senator of South Dakota George McGovern. Richard Nixon won the election by a landslide (winning 49 of 50 states). George 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 what would be assassin during the election.

George McGovern's running mate changed from Thomas Eagleton to Sargent Shriver because Eagleton had problems about his psychiatric before.[1]

This election occurred during the Watergate scandal.

Election results by county.     Richard Nixon      George McGovern


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15 people declared their candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination. They were:[2]

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  1. Adam Clymer (March 5, 2007). "Thomas F. Eagleton, 77, a Running Mate for 18 Days, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  2. "US President - D Primaries". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-16.

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