United States presidential election, 1972 facts for kids
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|United States presidential election, 1972
|November 7, 1972|
|Nominee||Richard Nixon||George McGovern|
|Home state||California||South Dakota|
|Running mate||Spiro Agnew||Sargent Shriver
(changing Thomas Eagleton)
|Contests won||49||1 + D.C.|
Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Nixon/Agnew. Blue denotes states won by McGovern/Shriver. Gray denotes won by Hospers by a Virginia faithless elector. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.
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.
George Wallace, governor of Alabama was shot by a what would be assassin during the election.
This election occurred during the Watergate scandal.
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, New York
- 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
Representative Wilbur Mills of Arkansas
Senator Vance Hartke of Indiana
U.S. Congressional Delegate Walter Fauntroy of Washington, D.C.
- Republican candidates:
- Presidential Candidates:
- Vice Presidential Candidates:
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